Investigators have discovered a high rate of hypertension among Asian subgroups, reports Renal & Urology News.
The new findings released at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting found that Filipinos and Japanese Americans in particular suffer from hypertension.
“Our results suggest that susceptible populations like the Filipino and Japanese subgroups may warrant early and aggressive intervention in blood pressure reduction to help decrease cardiovascular risk,” Powell Jose, MD, Research Physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. “Physicians should attempt to better understand cultural differences and barriers that may influence diet and health behaviors in Asian-American subgroups. Nutrition and lifestyle counseling must be offered to these higher risk populations to help control hypertension in addition to medical therapy, when indicated.”
The records of more than 240,000 people who self identified as Asian Americans were examined for this study.
You can get a break down of the rate of hypertension among Asian subgroups in Renal & Urology News.