Structural racism, high blood pressure, Black people’s health all linked, experts say

High blood pressure. And structural racism. Researchers say they are two of the biggest factors responsible for the gap in poor heart and brain health between Black and white adults in the United States. And they are inextricably linked.

Studies have shown high blood pressure affects Black adults — particularly women — earlier and more dramatically than their white peers. By 55, research has found that three of four Black adults have developed the condition, versus about half of white men and 40% of white women. Read more.