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

women surveyed (46 percent vs. 38 percent) who were aware of a family history made an effort to keep their blood pressure down before their own diagnosis.

African American women more stressed than men - yet LESS proactive

The African American women with high blood pressure surveyed are slightly more likely than their male counterparts to stress about the many pressure points in their lives, including their family (52 percent vs. 43 percent), personal health (57 percent vs. 48 percent) and their finances (77 percent vs. 67 percent). Despite these concerns, African American women are still less proactive than men (56 percent vs. 47 percent) and admit their health doesn't receive the attention it should.

"Women tend to pay more attention to their family's health and not focus on their own," said Dr. Fergus. "But women need to become more proactive about taking care of themselves, and promoting health from within their families."

Survey Methodology

Kelton Research conducted the online survey within the U.S. between January 29 and March 6, 2009. The survey sample included 506 African Americans, aged 18 and over, who have been diagnosed with hypertension. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

More comprehensive survey highlights can be found on www.mypressurepoints.com.

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