The rate of cardiovascular disease amongst the Afro-caribbean population in the Western hemisphere appears to increase progressively as geographic location changes: from West Africa to the Caribbean, among those who migrated to Europe and finally African-Americans who have the highest rate of hypertension-related disease in the world.
Hypertension is more common in Afro-Caribbeans than caucasian population in the UK.
Coronary artery disease occurs at only half to two-thirds of the national level. More Afro-Caribbean people die from stroke, heart failure and renal pathology secondary to hypertension.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in hypertensive Afro-Caribbeans.
Last reviewed 01/2018