Graphic of the week
February 24, 2023
New data analysis by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio shows that more Ohioans report having high blood pressure than people in other states (as illustrated in the graphic above).
The analysis also found that hypertension is more common among Black Ohioans and Ohioans with lower incomes, groups that often experience high rates of chronic stress, a leading contributor to high blood pressure.
There is emerging research establishing a link between higher rates of hypertension among African Americans and the chronic stress of discrimination and racism.
According to an HPIO policy brief on the connections between racism and health, “chronic exposure to racism renders communities of color more vulnerable to negative health outcomes across the life span and can lead to early death.”
The data graphic is the second produced by HPIO in February, which is American Heart Month, a designation designed to spotlight heart disease.