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Barbershop study trimmed black men’s hair and blood pressure

March 12, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Black male customers in a study at dozens of Los Angeles barbershops trimmed more than their hair and beards: They also lowered their blood pressure.

Black men have high rates of high pressure and the problems it can cause, such as strokes and heart attacks. Researchers thought barbershops were a good place to reach them.

The study involved 300 men. Some just got health information during haircuts while others met with pharmacists at the shops and got medicines as needed.

Nearly two thirds of the men who saw pharmacists lowered their pressure to 130 over 80. That’s the threshold for high blood pressure under new guidelines adopted last fall.

Results were reported Monday at a cardiology conference in Orlando. Doctors plan to expand the project to more cities nationwide.

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