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AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Hypertension

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Hypertension (chronically high blood pressure) is one of the major causes of death and disability worldwide. Although comprehensive stroke surveillance data for Africa are lacking, available data show that age-standardized mortality, case fatality and prevalence of disabling stroke from Hypertension in Africa are similar to or higher than the result  shown in African-Americans.  African-Americans are more likely to develop complications associated with high blood pressure compared to people of other racial backgrounds in the US.

Experts say the study highlights the need for further study into why African-Americans are more prone to hypertension and its related complications, just as a renewed emphasis on improved surveillance and the prevention and control of high blood pressure and stroke in Africa is needed.

Ultimately, tangible and fundamental answers must be forthcoming in order to explain why the people of African descent develop hypertension more frequently and rapidly. Join our discussion this coming Saturday as we explore the following: Why is high blood pressure in African-Americans so common? Why Is High Blood Pressure in African-Americans such a problem? What are the root causes of Hypertension? What can you do to avoid developing high blood pressure? Find out from expects on how you can protect yourself from this serious health condition.

If you are interested in joining our discussion, send us an email at:healthdialogues@africanviews.org to schedule and announce your participation on the show, otherwise please mark your calendar and call in during the show to participate.

Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson
Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
Regular Contributorr: Mr. Folusho Obe
Quality control: Professor William Verdone

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