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Barber Shops Offering Blood Pressure Checks

Black men have the highest risk of developing high blood pressure in America. That's why this black-owned barber shop is offering blood pressure checks to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Trims and Blood Pressure Checks at Local Barbershops

Black men have the highest risk of developing high blood pressure in the U.S. to fight the problem; some barbershops in predominantly black communities are offering blood pressure health checks to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Eric Muhammad is the owner of A New You Barber & Beauty Salon in Inglewood, California.

“The problem with hypertension is it's the silent killer. So, you don't feel any symptoms. Knowing what your blood pressure is monumental in your effect of trying to bring your blood pressure down. Because if you don't know it's high, you don't know to bring it down. Clients are coming to the barber shop a lot more frequently than they're going to their doctor. Most clients, on average, would come to the barbershop at least twice a month, if not every week. No one sees their doctor that often. If black men knew that that was the number one cause of death, then maybe they would [check]. And it was something that was treatable, and is something that is easily treatable, something that's affordably treatable, something that's naturally treatable. I would hope that the mass majority of them would choose life over death.”

The death of filmmaker John Singleton from a stroke at 51 drew attention to the deadly impact of hypertension health. Singleton's family is urging members of the black community to check their blood pressure regularly. Muhammad first offered screenings as part of a program in L.A. by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. Barbershops worked with pharmacists and doctors to lower the blood pressure of clients with hypertension.

Men treated under the program reduced their systolic blood pressure by an average of 20 points. Its success supports solution community relation-based approaches to health care.

Brut.

05/26/2019 10:22 AM
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  • Perry E.
    05/26/2019 11:13

    My blood was high so every 2 week went to my P.A. made adjustments now it down 128/90 I am lucky I have insurance

  • Kaleigh L.
    05/26/2019 12:25

    This is awesome! The highest sustained BP I've ever seen was in an African American man. Just looking at his he seemed super healthy but his blood serum looked like milk with how high his cholesterol was. It's amazing he hadn't already had a stroke! This is an amazing way to spread awareness ❤

  • Herbert E.
    05/26/2019 16:28

    Good idea!

  • Jordan M.
    05/27/2019 00:18

    I’ve never felt so happy after a video gddmn.

  • Brandy B.
    05/27/2019 01:51

    Having high blood pressure is not a generic Gene, high blood pressure is caused from the food that we eat

  • Rickey S.
    05/27/2019 01:58

    Brandy Buie incorrect I have spoken to several doctors and high blood pressure is 100 percent genetic.

  • Brut
    05/27/2019 14:47

    The family of John Singleton issued a statement to encourage black men and women to get their blood pressure checked: "Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40 percent of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe. His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org." https://www.prevention.com/health/health-conditions/a27343507/john-singleton-hypertension-stroke/

  • Abu D.
    05/27/2019 15:02

    What is this theory

  • Mohamed L.
    05/27/2019 16:36

    God bless you brother. 👍

  • Abdullah S.
    05/27/2019 16:44

    R

  • أسامة ج.
    05/27/2019 17:10

    قال رسول الله ص(خير الناس من نفع الناس)

  • Yahia C.
    05/27/2019 19:37

    Good edea high mind

  • Tushar H.
    05/28/2019 00:38

    Good job Muhammad..❤❤❤

  • Rehan K.
    05/28/2019 08:01

    Salute to you

  • Belgasem S.
    05/28/2019 11:30

    A high blood pressure is expressing the situation of every one , and the important thing is food.

  • Marshal T.
    05/28/2019 14:41

    this is awesome!

  • Karim R.
    05/28/2019 14:56

    🎩🎩🎩

  • Abdelaziz B.
    05/28/2019 16:09

    طقان

  • Star R.
    05/28/2019 19:46

    But why a lot of blackmen fall in love in bodybuilding as daily cause

  • Marquis N.
    05/28/2019 20:06

    Good idea Black Man, help save a black life!