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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

9 High blood pressure—also called hypertension—is known as the “silent killer.” Many people with high blood pressure may feel healthy and may not know they have it. But if it’s left untreated, high blood pressure can cause a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, or even death. African Americans are at higher risk for this serious disease than any other group. In fact, more than 40% of adult African Americans have high blood pressure! African Americans also tend to develop high blood pressure at a younger age than other groups, and it tends to be more severe. Most people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms, so the only way to know you have this disease is to have your blood pressure measured. Fortunately, this is easy to do, painless, and takes only a minute or two. As an African American, one of the most important things you can do for your health is to get your blood pressure checked regularly. STEP 2 Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. As your heart pumps blood to all parts of your body, it creates this force in your arteries and other blood vessels. If the force is too strong or if your blood vessels are constricted, you have high blood pressure. Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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