Targeting Hypertension


Before beginning the haircut, barber Eric Muhammad places the cuff on Mark Sims to measure his blood pressure. Photo Courtesy of the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

Barbershops lend a hand to trim high BP among black men

Is it time for a haircut? Then it is time to cut your blood pressure too. That is the motto of an innovative approach to targeting the persistent problem of uncontrolled hypertension among African-American men, who are often underrepresented in intervention trials. Barbers were trained to measure blood pressure and encourage follow-up. Here is how it worked. 

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