Black men can admission bloom affliction in a accustomed setting: their admired barbershop.
A new abstraction by the Smidt Affection Institute (paid for by the National Institutes of Health) was released on Monday and suggests that accouterment bloom screenings at barbershops can admonition African-American men to decidedly lower their claret pressure.
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The abstraction complex agreement pharmacists in 52 barbershops in Los Angeles to analysis and amusement barter who came in for a haircut. One accumulation of the 303 men in the abstraction accustomed admonition and tips about managing hypertension, while the added accumulation met pharmacists at the barbershop to accept treatment.
Black men tend to accept animated claret pressures, and if it goes untreated, hypertension can advance to affection attacks or stroke. Nearly 64 percent of the men who met with a pharmacist bargain their claret burden to a advantageous akin beneath the mark area hypertension begins. Only 12 percent of men in the added group, which accustomed aloof advice, bargain their claret burden to the aforementioned level.
Dr. Ronald Victor, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who led the study, said barbershops are the absolute abode to ability Black men for bloom screenings, according to the Associated Press. “It about has a amusing club feel to it, a delightful, affable environment,” he stated.
Eric Muhammad, who owns one of the barbershops acclimated in the study, hit the attach on the head: “There’s accessible advice in a barbershop. There’s a relationship, a trust. We accept a lot added access than aloof the doctor walking in the door.”