Hypertension in the African American population: A succinct look at its epidemiology, pathogenesis, and therapy

Luis M. Ortega, Emad Sedki, Ali Nayer

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Arterial hypertension is prevalent in the black population in the United States. It is directly related to cardiovascular and kidney damage. Its pathogenesis is complex and includes the high incidence of obesity, salt sensitivity and the activation of the renin-angiotensinaldosterone system. This complexity requires a therapeutic combination that includes changes in dietary habits and appropriate antihypertensive regimes. The International Society of Hypertension in Blacks recommends initiating dietary intervention for values of systolic/ diastolic arterial blood pressure above 115/75 mmHg and maintaining arterial blood pressure below 135/85 mmHg using appropiate antihypertensive medication. The most adequate antihypertensive drug for this population has yet to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015



  • African American
  • Americans
  • Antihypertensives for African
  • Epidemiology of hypertension
  • Hypertension
  • Pathogenesis of hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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