Breaking Down High Blood Pressure: Understanding Hypertension in the Black Community

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a pressing health concern, posing significant risks if left unaddressed. Statistics reveal that black individuals are more prone to developing hypertension compared to other racial groups.

Dr. Stonewall McCuiston
Dr. Stonewall McCuiston, Riverside Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

“Understanding what contributes to high blood pressure is an important part of preventing high blood pressure,” said Dr. Stonewall McCuiston, Riverside Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “When you understand what your risk factors are, this can help with your management strategies or even help prevent high blood pressure.”

Various factors contribute to elevated hypertension rates among black individuals, including genetics, socio-economic disparities, diet, and stress.

However, there’s hope. Lifestyle modifications play a pivotal role in high blood pressure prevention and management.

“Simple yet impactful changes such as embracing a heart-healthy diet low in sodium, regular physical activity, stress reduction techniques like mindfulness or meditation, and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly lower blood pressure,” said Dr. McCuiston.

Regular check-ups and consistent monitoring of blood pressure levels are also very important. Early detection allows for timely interventions, reducing the risk of complications down the road.

Talk to your primary care provider if you think you have a risk of high blood pressure. Don’t have a primary care provider? Riverside can help you find a primary care provider that is right for you at