African Americans are more likely to develop
high blood pressure and often have more severe high
blood pressure than other groups. They also are more likely to have the
condition at an earlier age than others. It is not known why they are at
African Americans who are sensitive to salt (sodium), are obese, or smoke are at even higher risk
for high blood pressure. As a result, African Americans with these additional
risk factors tend to have more organ damage, such as kidney disease, heart
attack, and enlargement of the heart, which can lead to
heart failure (hypertensive heart disease). Lifestyle
changes are especially important in this group.
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