75% of black adults develop dangerously high blood pressure before the age of ...

Almost 75 percent of black adults develop high blood pressure by the time they hit age 55, a new study has revealed.

That's three out of every four African-Americans - both men and women - and much higher compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women who fall within the same age range.  

Previous research has linked high blood pressure to socioeconomic challenges, such as lower than average household incomes and no insurance, which disproportionately affect blacks, as well as higher rates of obesity and diabetes among blacks. 

The researchers say their new findings indicate that physicians need to closely monitor the blood pressure levels of their young black patients so intervention can be implemented earlier.

Almost 75 percent of black adults develop high blood pressure by the time they hit age 55, a new study has revealed

Almost 75 percent of black adults develop high blood pressure by the time they hit age 55, a new study has revealed

 Blood pressure is recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body.

The diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels. They're both measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is always high. 

It is known as a 'silent killer' because most Americans with the condition do not know they have it. 

Not treating high blood pressure puts you at a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and heart failure. 

For the study, the researchers look at almost 4,000 participants who enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study between ages 18 and 30.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is always high.

It rarely has noticeable symptoms and is known as a 'silent killer' because most Americans with the condition do not know they have it. 

The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.

About 103 million Americans are currently living with high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body.

The diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels. They're both measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

As a general guide:

high blood pressure is considered to be 130/80mmHg or higher Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg Low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or

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