Blacks at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease

[KARE 11, June 13, 2019] The death of Hollywood director and filmmaker, John Singleton, was a wake up call. Singleton’s death was a reminder that black men are hit hardest by high blood pressure, a silent killer that often comes without symptoms or warning.

Singleton, 51, suffered a massive stroke and later died. He struggle with high blood pressure for years. Following his death, Singleton’s family pushed for men to check their blood pressure.

Dr. Mosi Bennett has seen the worst. He is a cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute.

“As a heart failure cardiologist I see the end stage of uncontrolled blood pressure. It can lead to advanced heart disease, strokes kidney disease and also blindness,” he said. “We know heart disease is the leading cause of death. So getting your BP under control is very important to reduce the risk of having those things happen.”

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