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  • Blood pressure

    08/13/2015 12:25:56 PM PDT · by rey · 134 replies
    13 Aug 15
    I need to lower my blood pressure a little for a physical tomorrow. Is it possible to lower one's blood pressure in 24 hours? If so, how?
  • High Blood Pressure

    05/15/2014 5:53:35 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 59 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/15/2014 | killermosquito
    Do any freepers have any experience with High Blood Pressure? Mine has been running high for a few years. Usually, about 139/90. I have had one significant problem that might have been related. 5 or 6 years ago a retinal occlusion caused me to lose about 70% of the vision in my right eye. It started with "lightning" flashes and the next day if you were standing 15 feet from me your face would be an oval with no features. After about 6 weeks of steroidal eye drops the vision returned to normal. More recently in the past couple of...
  • Why Some Think Lowering Salt Intake May Do More Harm Than Good

    04/08/2015 4:20:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Good Morning America, ABC News ^ | Apr 7, 2015, 1:14 PM ET | Liz Neporent
    For years, Americans, especially those with high blood pressure, have been told that too much salt is bad for their health. But a growing chorus of medical and nutritional experts has begun to push back on that claim. “We have been stuck in a time warp with this advice,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "There is no solid evidence to support the current recommendations." via Good Morning America
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • Chili peppers can decrease colorectal cancer risk, claims new research

    08/02/2014 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Tech Times ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Judy Mottl
    If you don't eat chili peppers or hot curry much you may want to reassess that given new research that claims the peppers and curry can play a role in reducing the risk of colorectal and bowel tumors, as well as extend a person's lifespan by 30 percent. The study claims the active ingredient in chili peppers, called dietary capsaicin, decreases the cancer risk as it triggers chronic activation of an ion channel called TRPV1, which is a sensory neuron that protects the intestine against acidity and spicy chemicals. In essence adding chili peppers and hot curries to the diet...
  • High Blood Pressure May Sometimes Be Overtreated: Study

    06/17/2014 3:53:38 AM PDT · by BobL · 26 replies
    Yahoo Health ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dennis Thompson
    MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lower is not necessarily better when it comes to treating high blood pressure, researchers report.
  • Scientists Discover Why Olive Oil Lowers Blood Pressure

    05/23/2014 11:45:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The secret to the Mediterranean diet may be in the salad. Eating unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil, along with leafy greens and other vegetables creates a certain kind of fatty acid that lowers blood pressure, scientists said Monday. These nitro fatty acids are formed when consuming spinach, celery and carrots that are filled with nitrates and nitrites, along with avocado, nuts and olive oils that contain healthy fats. Nitro fatty acids appear to inhibit an enzyme known as soluble epoxide hydrolase, which regulates blood pressure, said the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a...
  • Eating more fruit, veggies may cut stroke risk: Study

    05/09/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | May 9, 2014 | QMI Agendy
    Researchers at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Qingdao, China, saw a 32% decrease of stroke risk with every 200 grams of fruit consumed each day, and an 11% decrease for every 200 g of vegetables eaten daily. High fruit and vegetable intake can lower blood pressure and improve microvascular function, the researchers said in the study, which was published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
  • BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds

    04/11/2014 1:30:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Study estimates impact of controversial changes that raised treatment threshold
  • Millions could go off blood pressure meds

    03/29/2014 6:57:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 64 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | March 29, 2014
    Washington (AFP) - One in four American adults over 60 being treated for high blood pressure could go off their medication under recent guidelines issued in the United States, a study said Saturday. The changes, which stirred controversy in the medical community, could mean nearly six million may no longer need drugs to control their blood pressure, Duke University researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings are the first to analyze the impact of 2014 guidelines that raised blood pressure targets to 150/90, instead of the previous goal of 140/90, in adults age 60 and...
  • Why dark chocolate really IS good for you:

    03/22/2014 8:06:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-21-14 | Victoria Woollaston
    Love dark chocolate? Now you can eat it with much less guilt because scientists have discovered why it is so good for us. Previous studies have found daily consumption of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and is good for the heart. Now scientists have discovered why this happens - and its down to how our guts ferment the fibre in cocoa beans. Researcher Maria Moore, from Louisiana State University said: 'We found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the 'good' ones and the 'bad' ones. 'The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast...
  • 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

    03/10/2014 6:59:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    JAMA ^ | February 5, 2014 | Paul A. James et al.
    Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) FREE Hypertension is the most common condition seen in primary care and leads to myocardial infarction, stroke, renal failure, and death if not detected early and treated appropriately. Patients want to be assured that blood pressure (BP) treatment will reduce their disease burden, while clinicians want guidance on hypertension management using the best scientific evidence. This report takes a rigorous, evidence-based approach to recommend treatment thresholds, goals, and medications in the management of hypertension in adults. Evidence was drawn from randomized controlled trials, which represent the...
  • Guidelines on Blood Pressure Eased

    12/19/2013 5:45:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/18/13 | RON WINSLOW
    New guidelines published Wednesday for the treatment of high blood pressure take a step back from the long-standing position that lower is always better when managing hypertension, raising the level at which people age 60 and over should start taking medication. For many patients, the recommendations by an expert panel could simplify what is often a complicated effort to get blood pressure under control, especially those who take multiple pills to treat several chronic ailments, researchers said.
  • Racism and high blood pressure link suggested in research in black patients [BARF]

    08/15/2013 7:16:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Brie Zeltner
    Black patients who worry or think frequently about race have higher blood pressure than those who don’t, according to new study by a research group based at Johns Hopkins University. . . That study concluded: “…racism may increase risk for [high blood pressure]; these effects emerge more clearly for institutional racism than for individual level racism. All levels of racism may influence the prevalence of [high blood pressure] via stress exposure and reactivity and by fostering conditions that undermine health behaviors, raising the barriers to lifestyle change.”
  • Genetic research clarifies link between hypertension and vitamin D deficiency

    06/10/2013 10:24:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Science Codex ^ | June 10, 2013 | NA
    Paris, France: Low levels of vitamin D can trigger hypertension, according to the world's largest study to examine the causal association between the two. Although observational studies have already shown this link, a large-scale genetic study was necessary before the cause and effect could be proven, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) will hear today (Tuesday). Dr. Vimal Karani S, from the Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK, will tell the meeting that data from the D-CarDia collaboration, involving 35 studies, over 155,000 individuals, and numerous centres in Europe and North America,...
  • Common heart treatment fails to help - Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke

    10/05/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | October 2nd, 2012 | Nathan Seppa
    Beta blockers may offer little against heart attack, stroke Commonly prescribed drugs called beta blockers fail to protect against heart attacks and strokes even while helping to control heart rate and blood pressure, researchers report in the Oct. 3 Journal of the American Medical Association. Beta blockers also didn’t lessen the odds of a heart-related death, in heart attack patients or others at risk, over a median follow-up of 44 months. The American Heart Association had previously discouraged the long-term use of beta blockers as a post–heart attack treatment beyond three years. The new findings further dim the prospects for...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Friday, July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 208 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 07/13/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Novartis Blood-Pressure Drug Rasilez (Tekturna) to Carry Warning (serious)

    02/17/2012 1:51:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 17, 2012 | Steven Stovall
    Aliskiren has been sold under the brand name Rasilez in Europe and Tekturna in the U.S. since 2007. EMA said it has ruled that aliskiren be "contraindicated," or not prescribed, to diabetic patients or to people with kidney problems who are also taking older hypertension drugs known as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers. Data suggest a risk of adverse outcomes in such patients, including hypotension, stroke and changes in renal function, including acute renal failure, the EMA said. Novartis wrote to physicians world-wide then recommending that patients with Type 2 diabetes shouldn't be treated with aliskiren, or combination products...
  • Medications that cause High Blood Pressure

    01/18/2012 2:45:31 PM PST · by zerosix · 22 replies
    January 18, 2012 | Self
    Does anyone have a list of medications that have the side effect of causing a rise in blood pressure?
  • Switch in cell's 'power plant' declines with age, rejuvenated by drug

    08/16/2011 4:29:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | August 16, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found a protein normally involved in blood pressure regulation in a surprising place: tucked within the little "power plants" of cells, the mitochondria. The quantity of this protein appears to decrease with age, but treating older mice with the blood pressure medication losartan can increase protein numbers to youthful levels, decreasing both blood pressure and cellular energy usage. The researchers say these findings, published online during the week of August 15, 2011, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may lead to new treatments for mitochondrial–specific, age-related diseases,...
  • Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

    07/09/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09 Jul 2011 | Nick Squires
    A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts. The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus. They were found in 136 tin-lined wooden vials...
  • No evidence coffee ups risk of high blood pressure

    04/24/2011 8:19:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 22, 2011 | Genevra Pittman
    (Reuters Health) - Despite earlier concerns, downing lots of coffee doesn't seem to increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new report -- but the evidence isn't conclusive. High blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and a shorter life expectancy, and some scientists have suggested that coffee might fuel the problem.
  • Whey supplements lower blood pressure

    12/08/2010 7:07:56 AM PST · by decimon · 33 replies
    Washington State University ^ | December 8, 2010 | Unknown
    Low-cost protein gets big results in people with elevated blood pressurePULLMAN, Wash.—Beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, a Washington State University study has found. Research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel and published in International Dairy Journal found that daily doses of commonly available whey brought a more than six-point reduction in the average blood pressure of men and women with elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures. While the study was confined to 71 student subjects between the ages of 18 and 26, Fluegel says older people...
  • Recommended Blood Pressure Level Differs For Heart Patients With Diabetes

    07/11/2010 5:16:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 09 Jul 2010 | NA
    The best blood pressure range for patients with diabetes and heart disease appears to be slightly higher than what is recommended for healthy adults, according to a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, the blood pressure range considered normal - less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic - may actually be risky for those with a combined diagnosis of diabetes and coronary artery disease, report University of Florida researchers from the International Verapamil SR-Trandolapril study, known as INVEST. Optimum systolic blood pressure levels should be between 130 and 140 for patients coping with...
  • Some Blood-Pressure Drugs Tied to Cancer Risk

    06/14/2010 5:05:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 882+ views
    wsj ^ | 6/14/10 | PETER LOFTUS
    A new study said that a popular class of antihypertension drugs—including those made by Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Merck & Co. and Novartis AG—is associated with a modestly increased risk of cancer. The researchers cautioned that the limited data make it impossible to calculate the exact cancer risk for each individual drug in the class, but said the issue should be investigated further. The study was published online Sunday by the Lancet Oncology medical journal.
  • Allopurinol Lowers Fructose-Triggered Hypertension

    05/26/2010 10:52:39 AM PDT · by MetaThought · 21 replies · 495+ views
    Medpage Today ^ | September 23, 2009 | Kristina Fiore
    * A diet high in fructose can increase uric acid levels, but allopurinol may help lower the resulting high blood pressure, researchers say. Men who took the drug to mitigate the effects of a high-fructose diet did not experience the increase in blood pressure observed among men on the same diet who did not take the drug, Richard Johnson, MD, of the University of Colorado, and colleagues said at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research Conference in Chicago. "These results support the idea that fructose, such as present in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, could have a...
  • Drug used to treat high blood pressure in lungs improves lung damage in former smokers

    05/19/2010 10:29:36 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 12 replies · 498+ views
    Iloprost, a drug used regularly to treat high blood pressure in the lungs, significantly improves lung damage in former smokers. The researchers examined lung biopsies of 152 people who had smoked at least 20 pack-years—equivalent to 1-pack a day for 20 years—before & after 6 months of treatment w/either oral iloprost or placebo. None of the 82 current smokers in trial saw significant improvement in the signs of lung disease, but FORMER SMOKERS treated with iloprost showed SIGNIFCANT improvement. “These results are exciting because they show we can actually keep former smokers from developing lung cancer with a drug used...
  • JNC 7 Blood Pressure Targets Challenged

    04/19/2010 10:34:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,113+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 April 2010 | MITCHEL L. ZOLER
    Vitals Major Finding: Among diabetic patients at high cardiovascular risk, those treated to a mean systolic blood pressure of 119.3 mm Hg had a 1.87% per year rate of nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or cardiovascular death during an average follow-up of 4.7 years, compared with 2.09% per year in patients treated to a mean systolic blood pressure of 133.5 mm Hg. The difference in rates was not statistically significant. Data Source: ACCORD blood pressure trial, a randomized, controlled study of 4,733 patients with type 2 diabetes. And long-term follow-up observational data from patients with diabetes in the INVEST trial....
  • Revolutionary operation could 'cure' high blood pressure

    12/27/2009 5:06:51 AM PST · by poobear · 40 replies · 1,580+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | Published: 8:00AM GMT 26 Dec 2009 | By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
    A revolutionary new operation which could effectively cure high blood pressure has been developed by scientists, offering hope to hundreds of thousands of sufferers. In what is being hailed as the most exciting development in the field for 50 years, doctors can treat the condition with a simple procedure in under an hour. It could allow some sufferers to come off medication completely and offer hope for those for whom existing treatments have no effect.
  • High fructose corn syrup: A recipe for hypertension

    11/11/2009 11:51:56 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 59 replies · 1,748+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 10/29/09 | Shari Leventhal
    Elevated dietary fructose linked to high blood pressure A diet high in fructose increases the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, California. The findings suggest that cutting back on processed foods and beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may help prevent hypertension. Over the last 200 years, the rate of fructose intake has directly paralleled the increasing rate of obesity, which has increased sharply in the last 20 years since the introduction of HFCS. Today, Americans...
  • Health Care And Blood Pressure

    11/11/2009 6:08:33 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 433+ views ^ | 11/11/2009 | Mark Roberst
    High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. That's why it's called the "silent killer." Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. It doesn't refer to being tense, nervous or hyperactive. You can be a calm, relaxed person and still have high blood pressure...
  • Whole grains may help keep blood pressure in check

    10/07/2009 7:30:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 488+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/7/09 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating lots of whole grains could ward off high blood pressure, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, men with the highest whole-grain consumption were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than men who ate the least amount of whole grains. While refining grains removes their outer coating, whole grains retain their bran and germ, so they are richer in many nutrients, Dr. Alan J. Flint of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and his colleagues note in their report. The most recent...
  • Laugh A Little To Help Protect Heart, Lower Blood Pressure

    05/31/2009 1:10:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 647+ views
    medicalnewstoday. ^ | 31 May 2009
    Laughter is not only an effective stress-reliever, but can be heart-healthy, according to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle. Two separate studies examined the role of a good laugh as it relates to health. One of the studies took an inverted approach to previous research on the harmful cardiovascular tolls of stress and negative mood. A small group of healthy adults were instructed to watch either a comedy or documentary film, and were monitored for carotid artery activity during the films. Subjects who watched the comedy benefited from improved "arterial compliance," the...
  • Common virus may cause high blood pressure: study

    05/15/2009 12:29:52 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,358+ views
    reuters ^ | May 14, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    A common virus may be a major cause of high blood pressure, researchers said on Thursday in a finding that may bring new approach to treating a condition that affects an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. Based on a series of studies in mice, they said cytomegalovirus or CMV -- a herpes virus that affects some 60 to 99 percent of adults globally -- appears to increase inflammation in blood vessels, causing high blood pressure. And when combined with a fatty diet, CMV may also cause hardening of the arteries, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney...
  • Hibiscus Tea Is Found to Lower Blood Pressure

    01/24/2009 1:02:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,330+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 January 2009 | BRUCE JANCIN
    NEW ORLEANS — Quaffing three cups of hibiscus tea daily for 6 weeks resulted in a mean 7.2-mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure in mildly hypertensive or prehypertensive adults in a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. “This suggests that regularly incorporating hibiscus tea into the diet may help control blood pressure in people at risk of developing hypertension,” Diane L. McKay, Ph.D., said at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association. The public health implications of a blood pressure reduction of this magnitude, if extended to a large population, could be profound. According to the National High Blood...
  • High Blood Pressure May Make It Difficult For The Elderly To Think Clearly

    12/23/2008 4:17:36 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Dec. 17, 2008
    Adding another reason for people to watch their blood pressure, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that increased blood pressure in older adults is directly related to decreased cognitive functioning, particularly among seniors with already high blood pressure. This means that stressful situations may make it more difficult for some seniors to think clearly.
  • The Minimal Impact of a Big Hypertension Study

    11/29/2008 11:02:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,409+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2008 | ANDREW POLLACK
    The Evidence Gap The surprising news made headlines in December 2002. Generic pills for high blood pressure, which had been in use since the 1950s and cost only pennies a day, worked better than newer drugs that were up to 20 times as expensive. The findings, from one of the biggest clinical trials ever organized by the federal government, promised to save the nation billions of dollars in treating the tens of millions of Americans with hypertension — even if the conclusions did seem to threaten pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer that were making big money on blockbuster hypertension drugs. Six...
  • The Stink in Farts Controls Blood Pressure

    10/28/2008 5:30:25 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 58 replies · 1,723+ views
    Life Science ^ | 10/28/08
    The Stink in Farts Controls Blood Pressure Amelia Tomas livescience Staff – Thu Oct 23, 3:21 pm ET A smelly rotten-egg gas in farts controls blood pressure in mice, a new study finds. The unpleasant aroma of the gas, called hydrogen sulfide (H2S), can be a little too familiar, as it is expelled by bacteria living in the human colon and eventually makes its way, well, out. The new research found that cells lining mice's blood vessels naturally make the gas and this action can help keep the rodents' blood pressure low by relaxing the blood vessels to prevent...
  • Blood pressure drug Micardis cuts heart risk: study

    04/01/2008 12:29:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 184+ views ^ | Mar 31, 2008 | Julie Steenhuysen
    The blood pressure drug Micardis was as effective in preventing serious heart problems in high-risk patients as certain older drugs, but with fewer side effects, international researchers said on Monday. The Boehringer Ingelheim drug Micardis, or telmisartan, is typically used in patients with heart failure, but the study found it worked as well as the ACE inhibitor ramipril, marketed in the United States as Altace by King Pharmaceuticals Inc. "We have one more alternative to use," said Dr. Salim Yusuf of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. "This is probably key for the 20 to 30 percent of people who don't...
  • Blood pressure drugs can prevent heart attacks and stroke, even in the very old, studies find

    03/31/2008 11:42:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 331+ views
    Savannah Morning News ^ | 2008-03-31 | NA
    What happened Two big studies offer good news to people with high blood pressure, finding that novel ways to use cheap drugs already on the market can lower their risk of heart attacks, stroke and death - even if they are very old. Both studies were stopped early so the surprising benefits could be made known. Doctors presented results Monday at an American College of Cardiology conference. The medicine Dr. Kenneth Jamerson of the University of Michigan led a study testing a single daily pill combining a diuretic and the ACE inhibitor benazepril versus a daily pill containing benazepril and...
  • Genetics Influence Blood Pressure Medications

    01/23/2008 9:33:10 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 194+ views
    HealthDay News via ^ | Jan 22, 2008 | Amanda Gardner
    A person's genetic make-up seems to influence how he or she reacts to certain hypertension medications. In the future, being able to match genes with medications may help save a patient's life, experts predict. "This is potentially a very, very important observation. It's a large study with hard clinical endpoints," said Dr. Joshua M. Hare, chief of cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "This is a beautiful example of what we anticipate personalized medicine to be," said Hare, who was not involved in the research. Another expert agreed. Dr. Jeffery Vance, professor at the Miami Institute...
  • Chocolate and other foods to cut blood pressure

    11/19/2007 4:54:49 PM PST · by restornu · 13 replies · 109+ views contributor ^ | Nov. 15, 2007 | By Joy Bauer
    A healthy diet is key when it comes to lowering your blood pressureOptimal blood pressure is at or below 120/80 mm Hg. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor has probably already told you the basics. You can control blood pressure by getting to and maintaining a healthy weight; reducing your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) if it’s high; limiting the salt in your diet; exercising; and adding calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and potassium to your diet. The following eight foods are among the best of the best when it comes to lowering your blood pressure. Skim milk: Skim...
  • Study: Chocolate lowers blood pressure

    07/03/2007 11:02:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 918+ views ^ | Jul. 03, 2007 | LINDSEY TANNER
    AP Medical Writer CHICAGO --Here's some good and bad news for chocoholics: Dark chocolate seems to lower blood pressure, but it requires an amount less than two Hershey's Kisses to do it, a small study suggests. The new research from Germany adds to mounting evidence linking dark chocolate with health benefits, but it's the first to suggest that just a tiny amount may suffice. Volunteers for the study ate just over 6 grams of dark chocolate daily for almost five months - one square from a German chocolate bar called Ritter Sport, equal to about 1 1/2 Hershey's Kisses. People...
  • Lost Chances for Survival, Before and After Stroke

    05/28/2007 11:04:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,261+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 28, 2007 | GINA KOLATA
    Dr. Diana Fite, a 53-year-old emergency medicine specialist in Houston, knew her blood pressure readings had been dangerously high for five years. But she convinced herself that those measurements, about 200 over 120, did not reflect her actual blood pressure. Anyway, she was too young to take medication. She would worry about her blood pressure when she got older. Then, at 9:30 the morning of June 7, Dr. Fite was driving, steering with her right hand, holding her cellphone in her left, when, for a split second, the right side of her body felt weak. “I said: ‘This is silly,...
  • Blood pressure rising around the globe (~1 Billion affected, numbers climbing worldwide)

    05/14/2007 1:26:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 218+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/07 | Lauran Neergaard - ap
    WASHINGTON - The numbers are a shock: Almost 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, and over half a billion more will harbor this silent killer by 2025. It's not just a problem for the ever-fattening Western world. Even in parts of Africa, high blood pressure is becoming common. That translates into millions of deaths from heart disease alone. Yet hypertension doesn't command the attention of, say, bird flu, which so far has killed fewer than 200 people. "Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion," says Dr. Jan Ostergren of Sweden's Karolinska University Hospital, who co-authored a first-of-its-kind...
  • High Blood Pressure Remedies

    04/20/2007 11:52:43 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 24 replies · 592+ views
    I am one who prefers to try an alternative form of treatment as opposed to a presecription. Has anyone had success taking COQ10 vs taking a prescribed blood pressure pill from your doctor?
  • Novartis receives U.S. approval for blood pressure drug Tekturna

    03/06/2007 9:04:54 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 232+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Published: March 6, 2007 | The Associated Press
    BASEL, Switzerland: Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG said Tuesday it has received U.S. approval for the hypertension drug Tekturna — a potential blockbuster that has shown the ability to lower blood pressure more effectively than common treatments. Tekturna is the first new type of medicine in more than a decade for treating high blood pressure. Approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration makes the United States the first country to allow it to be sold."Many patients require two or more medicines to control their blood pressure," said Novartis development chief James Shannon. "As a new treatment approach, Tekturna has...
  • Man With No Pulse Considered Medical Breakthrough

    12/15/2006 6:01:36 AM PST · by nancyvideo · 24 replies · 1,691+ views
    The Globe and Mail via Drudge ^ | 12-15-06 | Peter Rakobowchuk
    MONTREAL — A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse. Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov. 23. Officials at the McGill University Health Centre say the device, which is about the size of a flashlight battery, could last up to 10 years. That is longer than other models which
  • Recommendations: The 5-Minute Guide for Lower Blood Pressure

    05/02/2006 7:28:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 230+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 2, 2006 | ERIC NAGOURNEY
    Want lower blood pressure? Ask your doctor to let you sit quietly for five minutes before it's taken — on a regular chair, not on an examining table, with your feet on the floor. The result can be a systolic blood pressure reading about 14 points lower, potentially a big enough difference to avoid a diagnosis of hypertension, a new study reports. The study, by a team of nurses from the University of Virginia Health System, was presented at a conference of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Guidelines from the American Heart Association and the federal government already recommend that...
  • Blasting of Kidney Stones Has Risks, Study Reports

    04/10/2006 3:16:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 747+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    WASHINGTON, April 9 — The use of shock waves to pulverize kidney stones into sand-like material significantly increases the risk for diabetes and high blood pressure later in life, according to the longest follow-up study of the popular therapy. In the study, which is to be published on Monday from the Mayo Clinic, patients who underwent the pulverizing procedure, known as lithotripsy, developed diabetes at almost four times the rate of those whose kidney stones were treated by other methods. The lithotripsy group also developed high blood pressure about 50 percent more often than a group treated by other methods,...