Carotid baroreflex responsiveness is impaired in normotensive African American men

It almost goes without saying that human beings are genetically diverse and that diseases develop differently, and at different rates, across various racial groups in the human population. Case in point: African Americans are predisposed to developing far deadlier forms of hypertension earlier in life than other racial group counterparts. Associate Editor Irving Zucker talks with lead author David Keller (University of Texas Arlington) and expert Peter Raven (University of North Texas Health Science Center) about the work of Holwerda et al, which studied the possibility of the baroreflex contributing to the development of hypertension in African American males.

Seth W. Holwerda, Diana Fulton, Wendy L. Eubank, and David M. Keller. Carotid Baroreflex Responsiveness is Impaired in Normotensive African American Men. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, October 2011 301:H1639-H1645; published ahead of print August 12, 2011, doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00604.2011.

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