2021 AMI Online Salon

Risk Factors for Hypertension Specific to African American Women

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Michele Graham
  • Client: Clinical Advisor
  • Copyright: Michele Graham, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Graphite on Graphics 360/Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Journal Cover
  • Primary Audience: Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Project Description

The intended purpose of the illustration is to depict four risk factors for hypertension specific to African American Women. Those risk factors include the following: 1.Biologic – heightened response to stress: augmented adrenergic vascular reactivity and reduced vasodilator response, 2.Genetic – several genes have been implicated in activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in Black patients including ARMC5, which leads to an inherited cause of primary aldosteronism and low-renin hypertension, 3.Environmental – low physical activity, elevated BMI, larger waist circumference, 4.Societal – Lower socioeconomic status is related to living in a high-stress and higher crime environment.