Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is known as the “silent killer,” because you may have it and not even know you have it. You can’t hear high blood pressure. High blood pressure is dangerous because the increased blood flow can cause arteries to become blocked with blood fats quicker. African-Americans are roughly 40 percent more likely than other race groups to develop high blood pressure, and at an earlier age too.
According to the American Heart Association website, “Researchers have also found that there may be a gene that makes African-Americans much more salt sensitive. This trait increases the risk of developing HBP. In people who have this gene, as little as one extra gram of salt (half a teaspoon) could raise blood pressure as much as five millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).”
Being diagnosed with hypertension doesn’t mean you will be destined to pop pills the rest of your life. For many, following guidelines for a healthy lifestyle can help control and manage high blood pressure.
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