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Feb 22, 2013 7:22 PM by Akeam Ashford

High blood pressure affects African Americans more than other races

There are new reports from the American Heart Association that reveal that African Americans are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure than any other races. Researchers believe there may be a gene that makes blacks more sensitive to salt; on average, one extra gram (half a teaspoon) of salt could raise blood pressure.

Dr. Chris Daniels, of Lafayette General says, "You have to watch your salt intake regardless of what the substitute is. What ends up happening is you'll end up using more of that substitute, and that could produce a problem." Daniels believes education is important to knowing how to better treat yourself.

Pamela Miniex works at Dr. Daniels' office, and she recently got notice she has high blood pressure. "I'm only 49 years old, and I feel like I'm still too young. I'm depressed about it, because I never thought it would happen to me," says Miniex.

Dr. Daniels says there is no sure way to avoid being diagnosed with high blood pressure, but there are some things you can do to become healthier. "exercising, and when I say exercise I don't mean the kind where you have to go to the gym. It could be simple things like going and walking around your neighborhood."

Miniex says some doctors are now calling for an acceptable blood pressure reading of 110 over 70.

Akeam@katctv.com

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