Men and Blood Pressure 

Men, Especially Blacks, More Likely to Miss Own Hypertension

A new study suggests that American men are much more likely than women are to be unaware that they suffer from high blood pressure. African-American men with the condition are at the highest risk, with only one in seven both aware of their illness and able to control it through medication.

Both whites and African-Americans who think they are in good health are especially likely to fail to treat their high blood pressure or even realize they have it, said Victor, chief of the hypertension division at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

The study appears in the June 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.