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The Pressure Is on for African Americans with Hypertension
Date:6/10/2009

- Therapeutic Area Head, Medical Research and Strategy at Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. "Helping patients manage chronic diseases more effectively - whether that entails adopting a healthier lifestyle recommended via their physician and/or taking appropriate medication when prescribed - will benefit both patients and physicians. We're pleased to be partnering with such a recognized leader in cardiovascular health, the Association of Black Cardiologists, on this important health awareness campaign."

My Pressure Points National Survey Highlights

Juggling life's pressure points

More than half (55 percent) of the African Americans with hypertension surveyed report that they are more 'stressed' about their financial situation now than they were a year ago, compared to just 28 percent who are feeling more anxiety about their health than 12 months ago. More than half (52 percent) admit they aren't giving their health and well-being as much attention as they would like. Interestingly, though 73 percent are worried about what their condition can lead to, they aren't taking proactive steps; perhaps this is due in part to their viewpoint on how big an issue they think it is - 29 percent don't consider their condition to be a big problem.

Family history not enough to encourage action

Of the 75 percent of African Americans with high blood pressure surveyed who were aware of a family history of blood pressure before they were diagnosed, almost three in five (59 percent) did not take any steps to keep their blood pressure down before their own diagnosis.

"Unfortunately, for some, it takes a serious personal health scare to get them to take a closer look at their condition," said Dr. Fergus. "It is dangerous for high blood pressure and other cardiac risk factors to take a backseat to so many other life stresses."

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