Most African-Americans develop high blood pressure by age 55, study finds

High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because it usually has no symptoms. Now new research shows most African-Americans will develop high blood pressure in middle age, putting them at greater risk of heart disease and other serious health problems.

Tracy Johnson was 46 when she was diagnosed. Five years ago, she was at work when she suddenly felt extremely warm.

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

Johnson learned that she had hypertension, or high blood pressure, which runs in her family. 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. That’s compared to…

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