Cedars-Sinai to Train Barbers to Check for High Blood Pressure

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Cedars Sinai Medical Center In Los Angeles (Thinkstock).
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Cedars Sinai will use an $8.5 million grant to fund training of African American barbers to check for high blood pressure. (Thinkstock)

The head of Cedars-Sinai’s hypertension center will use an $8.5 million grant to help train black barbers to check men for high blood pressure, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced June 17.

“Uncontrolled hypertension is one of the biggest health problems facing the African American community today,” said Dr. Ronald G. Victor, who published a study in 2011 showing that barber shop-based outreach could help save hundreds of lives.

Undetected hypertension can surface in the form of heart and kidney damage and lead to strokes and heart attacks.

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Victor will use part of grant from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to start a new study involving about 20 Los Angeles area barbershops, with the aim of possibly expanding the project, a statement said.