Study Reveals How Churches Can Lower High Blood Pressure in Black Communities

A new study reveals just how influential churches can be in reducing high blood pressure in the black community.

The study was published in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal, and evaluates the effectiveness of church-led programs that teach African-Americans how to reduce their high blood pressure and live healthier lifestyles.

“African Americans have a significantly greater burden of hypertension and heart disease, and our findings prove that people with uncontrolled hypertension can, indeed, better manage their blood pressure through programs administered in places of worship.” said Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, professor of Population Health and Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and the study’s lead author.

The study also looked at what kind of programs work best.

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