Hypertension may strike black men earlier

A new study finds young black American men have higher central blood pressure and stiffer blood vessels than white males. That could indicate that black men are developing high blood pressure at an early age and with little outward signs, according to a new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The findings suggest that measuring central blood pressure -- the pressure in the main artery leaving the heart -- may be more valuable than measuring blood pressure on the arm when assessing black men for hypertension.

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