Most African-Americans Develop High Blood Pressure By Age 55 « CBS Philly


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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms but doctors say it’s something that African-Americans should check.

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

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“The nurse on the site checked my blood pressure and it was 220 over 120 and they sent me straight to the ER,” Johnson said.

Johnson, 46 years old at the time, learned she had high blood pressure, which runs in her family.

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New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows 75 percent of African-American men and women are likely to develop high blood pressure by age 55, compared to 55 percent of white men…

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