BARBERSHOPS HELP BLACK MEN LOWER THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE RSS



BARBERSHOPS HELP BLACK MEN LOWER THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE

June 11, 2018By: Mark Sampson, M.S., Technical Writer-Editor, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)Summary: An  NHLBI-funded study that paired barbershops with pharmacists helped  lower blood pressure in a group of black men, who are at high risk for  hypertension. Marc  Sims was surprised when he walked into his neighborhood barbershop one  Saturday morning two years ago and spotted several strangers carrying  medical gear. The 43-year-old law-firm operations clerk, a regular at  the Inglewood, California, barbershop, learned the strangers were  engaged in a research study. Sims overheard something about measuring blood pressure and about “a  health crisis” in the black community. He waited for his weekly turn in  the barber’s chair and watched the technicians strap blood pressure  cuffs around the arms...

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