Study: Blood pressure levels skyrocket for people with these contributing factors

Lynne Adkins
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — A study of thousands of patients in North Jersey has some startling findings on blood pressure. 

Extremely high blood pressure where numbers register 200 over 120 or higher is extremely dangerous and affects African-American patients more often than others, according to the study. 

Dr. Irina Benenson, assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing, said one group in particular is at risk.

"The rate of hypertensive emergencies was highest in men over 65 with a history of coronary artery disease, or heart failure, anemia, and chronic kidney disease," she said.

She noted stress, racism and social isolation may be factors contributing to these patients having such issues.

She urges doctors and patients to keep a closer watch on blood pressure numbers in this population to lower the risks of such extremely high blood pressure. Risks include strokes, heart attacks and kidney damage.