Key clinical point: Hypertension drives a high proportion of cardiovascular disease in black adults.
Major finding: A third of cardiovascular disease in black Americans appears to be rooted in hypertension.
Study details: An analysis of data from more than 12,000 persons in the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) and the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) prospective cohort study.
Disclosures: The REGARDS study was funded by NIH and the American Heart Association. The JHS study was funded by Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The authors have extensive financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.
JAMA Card. 2019. October 23, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2019.3773.