African American Women And High Blood Pressure

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    (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.

    • If you are overweight, lose weight. Losing just 10 pounds
    can lower your blood pressure.

    • Get moving. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day, most
    days of the week. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Or, walk during
    breaks at work.

    • Eat right. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole
    grains. Choose low-fat dairy products. Eat less salt.

    • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, try to quit. 

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