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Racial Maternal Health Disparities Apparent in Hypertension, Preeclampsia

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Racial Maternal Health Disparities Apparent in Hypertension, Preeclampsia

Hypertension linked to maternal health equity

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  • Who is most at risk for hypertension

"  Hypertension during pregnancy is a growing problem in the United States, with Black and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) pregnant people being the most at-risk for hypertension, according to recent Centers for Disease Control & Prevention figures. These data are another in a long list of Black maternal health disparities, the CDC said. "

  • Why it matters

" The CDC researchers also acknowledged that weathering, or the demands of experiencing everyday interpersonal and institutional explicit and implicit racism, is linked to chronic hypertension. "

  • Recommendations to reduce health disparities

" “Health communication campaigns increase awareness of urgent warning signs of HDP that indicate need for immediate care,” the researchers concluded. “Strategies to address health inequities in HDP include addressing implicit, institutional, and structural racism, disparate access to clinical care, social determinants of health, and engagement of community partners.” "


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