African American Women And High Blood Pressure | BlackDoctor

    African American Women And High Blood Pressure

    (BlackDoctor.org) — High blood pressure happens when blood can’t flow easily
    through your blood vessels. This puts pressure on your vessels, which damages
    the vessels and strains your heart. As a result, blood doesn’t flow as well to
    your organs, and you can have a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.

    High blood pressure has no symptoms. See your doctor once a year to have your
    blood pressure checked.

    One out of three Americans has high blood pressure. African American women of
    all ages develop high blood pressure more often than non-Hispanic white women.
    Some things increase your chances of having high blood pressure: increasing age
    (middle aged or older), diabetes, obesity (or being overweight), alcohol use,
    eating too much salt, a family history of high blood pressure, and not
    exercising.

    Making some lifestyle changes can help prevent or control high blood
    pressure.

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