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A 21-year-old member asked:

are there racial disparities in regards to high blood pressure?

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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Absolutely!: There are well known racial disparities in diabetes and hypertension and other conditions including cancer. The cdc has a lot of useful tables available on line to show these.
Dr. Lev Lubarsky
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Typically african-americans respond better to diuretics ("water pills") and not so well to ace inhibitors. There are always exceptions and each patient should be addressed carefully.

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