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The New Barber Shop: Haircuts, shaves, and blood pressure checks

African-American males who can have their blood pressure gauged at their local barbershop have a significantly higher chance of better hypertension (high blood pressure) control, researchers reveal in Archives of Internal Medicine.

High blood pressure, or hypertension is a condition in which blood pressure in the arteries is chronically high. The heart beats, forcing blood through the arteries to all parts of the body. Blood pressure is the force of blood that is pushing up against the blood vessel walls. The heart has to work harder to pump if that pressure is too high, raising the risk of organ damage, heart attack, heart failure, renal failure or aneurysm.