Ethnicity and Blood Pressure

Authors

  • Suzanne Oparil MD,

    1. From the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL;1 and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH2
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  • and 1 Jackson T. Wright Jr. MD, PhD 2

    1. From the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL;1 and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH2
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Suzanne Oparil, MD, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 703 19th Street South, Zeigler Research Building, Room 1034, Birmingham, AL 35294-0007
E-mail: soparil@uab.edu

Abstract

The prevalence, impact, and control of hypertension differ across racial and ethnic subgroups in the United States population. Whether race/ethnicity should be a significant consideration in the choice of individual antihypertensive drugs continues to be a topic of intense interest and debate. This brief review will discuss recent findings that bear on the management of hypertension in these special patient groups.

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