High Blood Pressure: How to Stop the Silent Killer
- By Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A.
- June 1st, 2013
High blood pressure is a serious health concern, especially for African Americans. More than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure―and because of this, are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or suffer kidney failure.
Untreated high blood pressure can lead to health problems that can prevent you from living a long, healthy life. No one knows exactly why African-Americans have such a high rate of high blood pressure, but some experts believe that diet, higher stress levels and genetics, among other factors, all play a role.
High blood pressure is more severe and occurs earlier in life among African Americans, so it’s important to be aware of your risks. It is often called a “silent killer” because many people with high blood pressure have no symptoms. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent, detect and treat high blood pressure. By doing a few simple things, you can make sure you stay healthy.