Study Finds Many African-Americans Will Develop High Blood Pressure In Middle Age

Study Finds Many African-Americans Will Develop High Blood Pressure In Middle Age


HIS WAY TO A FILM SET WHEN THAT HAPPENED. FIFTY-SEVEN YEAR-OLD IS BACK HOME RECOVERING. ON THE HEALTHWATCH CONCERNING NEW RESEARCH SHOWS AFRICAN AMERICANS WILL DEVELOP HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN MIDDLE AGE. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE WITH THE DETAILS ON THE NEW STUDY. REPORTER: STUDY OUT TODAY, GUYS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS OFTEN CALLED SILENT KILLER BECAUSE USUALLY THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS BUT DOCTORS SAY IT IS SOMETHING THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS SHOULD CHECK. FIVE YEARS AGO TRACIE JOHNSON WAS AT WORK WHEN SHE FELT EXTREMELY WARM. NURSE ON THE SITE CHECKED MY BLOOD PRESSURE AND IT WAS 220 OVER 120, AND THEY SENT ME STRAIGHT TO THE ER. REPORTER: JOHNSON, 46 AT THE TIME, LEARN THAT SHE HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WHICH RUNS IN HER FAMILY. NEW RESEARCH IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS 75 IMPORTANT SENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN , ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE BY AGE 55. COMPARED TO 55 PERCENT OF WHITE MEN AND 40 PERCENT OF WHITE WOMEN. BLOOD PRESSURE IS VERY COMPLEX PART OF IT IS GENETIC MAKE UP AND PART OF IT IS DIET AND LIFESTYLE. REPORTER: RESEARCHERS SAID FOLLOWING A DIET DESIGNED TO STOP HYPERTENSION LOWERED A PERSON’S RISK AND DOCTORS SAY HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS PREVENTABLE. INCORPORATE A HEALTHY DIET, HIGH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AND GO TOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. REPORTER: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS A RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE. THREE MONTHS AGO TRACIE NEEDED SURGERY FOR TWO BLOCKAGES IN YOUR HEART. WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG YOU THINK YOU ARE INVINCIBLE. I WAS THAN THE WORRIED ABOUT THAT THEN. REPORTER: NOW SHE’S MORE DILIGENT ABOUT WATCHING HER DIET, TAKING MEDICATIONS, SHE LOST WEIGHT AND EXERCISE TO GO STAY HEALTHY. STUDY FOUND THAT HAVING A HIGHER BODY WEIGHT WAS LINC WITH THE INCREASED RISK FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR GENDER. THE NUMBERS YOU WANT TO AIM FOR ARE 120 OVER 80, OR LOWER. I TAKE A PILL A DAY. I SURE DO. YOU WALK A A LOT TOO.

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