Magazine article Black Enterprise

The Urge to Surge

Magazine article Black Enterprise

The Urge to Surge

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Don't let work raise your blood pressure

The phone always rings off the hook on the days you have a million and one things to get done at work. Add to that the pressure of deadlines, the frustration of endless meetings, and the strain of overloaded schedules. It's enough to make a person want to scream out loud. And when we get overworked and worn out, we sometimes do just that.

Only, we rage on the inside. We bottle up our frustrations, even though we can feel ourselves getting hotter as we get more bothered. This may help you appear cool and collected on the outside, but the damage being done will surface sooner or later. And when it does, it could very well take the form of the silent killer, high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, disproportionately affects African Americans. "Some 60 million Americans surfer from high blood pressure--and an astounding one out of every three of them is black," say Dr. Marcellus A. Walker and Dr. Kenneth B. Singleton, co-authors of Natural Health for African Americans (Warner Books, $14.99). "Hypertension is twice as common in blacks as whites, and severe hypertension is rive times more common in black men and seven times more common in black women compared with whites."

While hypertension can be controlled with medication, the best cure is prevention. Walker and Singleton offer some proactive measures you can take to stop your blood pressure's urge to surge before it even starts:

* Work it out. …

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