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Do African Americans need to worry about their blood pressure?

It's important for everyone to check his or her blood pressure regularly and know his or her blood pressure numbers -- especially African Americans, who are at higher risk for developing high blood pressure. Further, they may develop high blood pressure at a younger age and find high blood pressure harder to control. In addition, African American adults have higher rates of early death from causes related to high blood pressure.

Taking steps now can prevent heart disease and stroke down the road -- for everyone.

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