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Higher Blood Pressure from Childhood May Put Black People at Risk for Congestive Heart Failure

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Photo: Kim Ratliff, Augusta University

Starting with early childhood, otherwise healthy Black people show signs of slightly diminished heart muscle strength and slightly higher blood pressure than their white counterparts, factors which may put them on a course for early development of congestive heart failure, researchers report.

The take-home message for parents and physicians is that, particularly for populations at high cardiovascular risk such as Black people, a close check should be kept on blood pressure starting in early adolescence, says the corresponding author of the study in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Children with chronically higher ...