African-Americans At Greater Risk For High Blood Pressure « CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New research shows who’s most at risk for high blood pressure, and when.

The findings show African-Americans are at much higher risk at an earlier age than other groups.

High blood pressure is often called a silent killer because it usually has no symptoms until it leads to a heart attack, stroke, or kidney damage. The longer you have it, the more likely it is to cause those deadly problems.

Five years ago, Tracy Johnson was at work when she suddenly felt extremely warm.

“The nurse on the site checked my blood pressure and it was 220 over 120,” she said. “They sent me straight to the emergency room.”

The 46-year-old learned she had high blood pressure, which runs in her family. New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that 75…

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