African-Americans At Greater Risk For High Blood Pressure

African-Americans At Greater Risk For High Blood Pressure

August 28, 2019 2 By Bertrand Dibbert


THE MORE LIKELY IT IS TO CAUSE THOSE DEADLY PROBLEMS. THAT’S WHY THIS RESEARCH IS TROUBLING. 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 220/120. AND THEY SENT ME STRAIGHT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. Reporter: JOHNSON, 46 AT THE TIME, LEARNED SHE HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, WHICH RUNS IN HER FAMILY. NEW RESEARCH IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS THAT 75% OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN ARE LIKELY TO DEVELOP HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE BY AGE 55 COMPARED TO 55% OF WHITE MEN AND 40% OF WHITE WOMEN. BLOOD PRESSURE IS VERY COMPLEX. PART OF IT RELATES TO THE GENETIC MAKEUP. PART OF IT RELATES TO DIET AND LIFESTYLE. Reporter: RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT FOLLOWING A DIET DESIGNED TO STOP HYPERTENSION LOWERED THE RISK. THIS CARDIOLOGIST SAYS YOU CAN LOWER YOUR RISK OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. INCORPORATE A HEALTHY DIE OAT, LOW SALT, HIGH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, GET INTO AN EXERCISE PROGRAM, AND GO TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. I DON’T EAT FRIED FOODS, ICE CREAM OR CHEESE. Reporter: EVEN SO, THREE MONTHS AGO SHE NEEDED SURGERY FOR TWO BLOCKAGES IN HER HEART ARTERIES, A KNOWN CONSEQUENCE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG, YOU FEEL INVINCIBLE. I WASN’T WORRIED ABOUT THAT. BUT I AM NOW. Reporter: SHE SAYS SHE’S MORE DILIGENT NOW ABOUT TAKING MEDICATIONS, HAS LOST WEIGHT AND IS EXERCISING TO STAY HEALTHY. NOW, IN THE STUDY, HAVING THE HIGHER BODY WEIGHT WAS LINKED WITH AN INCREASED RISK FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE REGARDLESS OF RACE OR GENDER. BUT MOST HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE LOWERED WITH MEDICATION. THE KEY IS YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU HAVE IT AND GET IT TREATED.