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Study Results: High Blood Pressure Linked to Residential Racial Segregation

A new study has found that living in racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with high blood pressure rates in black adults, while moving away from segregated areas is associated with a decrease. The decrease was significant enough to lead to reductions in heart attacks and strokes, the study found.

The findings are reported in the May 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. The study supports policies to reduce residential racial segregation, or the separation of groups into different neighborhoods by race. Decreasing residential segregation may have meaningful health benefits, especially for African-Americans, who show the highest rates of hypertension rates of any racial group in the United States.

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