Structural Racism, Hypertension, and Heart Health

A black and white photo of a Black family. It appears to be an elder mother and her three adult children. Sir Manuel/Unsplash

New research shows that for Black people, experiencing a lifetime of structural racism can contribute to hypertension and heart disease.

“High blood pressure. And structural racism. Researchers say they are two of the biggest factors responsible for the gap in poor heart and brain health between Black and white adults in the United States. And they are inextricably linked.”