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Watermelon extract shows blood pressure benefits: Human data

August 13, 2012

The extract, a rich source of the amino acids l-citrulline and l-arginine, was associated with reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the arm of 15.1 and 7.6 mmHg, respectively, according to results published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Researchers from Florida State University also report similar reductions in blood pressure measured...
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How extract from poisonous Foxglove can PROTECT against high blood pressure and heart failure

August 12, 2012
How extract from poisonous Foxglove can PROTECT against high blood pressure and heart failure

Deadly: Foxgloves are poisonous if eaten. But an extract could prove beneficial to heart patients A lethal poison made from a toxic plant once used as a Victorian murder weapon could help treat millions of people with high blood pressure. Since the 13th century, the herb Foxglove has been used to cleanse wounds and...
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Excessive salt may damage blood vessels

August 12, 2012

BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) — Eating a high-salt diet for years may damage blood vessels, increasing risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. John Forman, a nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues tracked the sodium intake...
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Blood pressure drug Olmesartan linked to GI problems

August 11, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn., June 23 (UPI) — The blood pressure drug Olmesartan is linked to gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, said after he pulled several patients off Olmesartan their gastrointestinal symptoms dramatically improved. Eventually, all 22 were taken...
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Grapes may help reduce heart ailments

August 11, 2012

STORRS, Conn., Aug. 10 (UPI) — Eating grapes may help people with metabolic syndrome — conditions that raise the risk of heart disease, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez and Jacqueline Barona, a doctoral student in Fernandez’ lab at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Connecticut, recruited men ages 30-70...
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Is Obesity a Disease? Doctors Debate

August 11, 2012

Obesity puts people at risk for a whole host of conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep problems. But is obesity itself a disease? Doctors are divided on the issue. Some say obesity is indeed a disease, with causes beyond eating too much and exercising too little, and consequences that harm...
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How to reduce high blood pressure?

August 11, 2012

By Mandy Kendall In today’s fast-paced world circumstances arise in most of our lives that have our stress levels rising, along with our blood pressure. Although occasional increases in blood pressure are not dangerous, it does become an issue when the pressure levels don’t drop again. Unfortunately high blood pressure often has no detectable...
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Long-Term Salty Diets Tied Again to High Blood Pressure

August 11, 2012

MONDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) — Indulging in a bag of chips or munching a handful of nuts now and then isn’t likely to hurt you in the short run, but regularly chowing down on salty foods over several years may damage your blood vessels and lead to high blood pressure, a new study...
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Check individual risks and needs before using statins and daily Aspirin for heart diseases prevention

August 10, 2012

What you should know Heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of disability and death in the Mid-South. These diseases can lead to heart attacks, chronic high blood pressure and strokes. Poor circulation in legs and feet and breathlessness from congestive heart disease are also common. The risks of heart and...
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Cardiovascular-Disease Prevention in a Pill?

August 10, 2012

One pill to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol?  Yes, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested a polypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan and hydrochlorothiazide – and simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug.  They found that during...
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Blood Pressure: Too High, Too Low, or Just Right?

August 10, 2012
Blood Pressure: Too High, Too Low, or Just Right?

by Barbara Schuetze Making sure you have a healthy blood pressure can be confusing. What constitutes pressure that’s too high? And what does it mean when it’s low? First, the good news. Blood pressure that’s too low isn’t usually a sign of something to worry about. As long as you feel well and aren’t...
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The New Old Age: For the Very Old, a Surprise in Blood Pressure Readings

August 10, 2012
The New Old Age: For the Very Old, a Surprise in Blood Pressure Readings

It’s such a routine thing: A nurse wraps the cuff around your elderly relative’s arm, squeezes the bulb, listens with a stethoscope and says: “120 over 60. Very good.” Smiles all around (this was my 89-year-old father’s latest reading), because everyone knows that high blood pressure is a risky proposition. Or is it? Reading...
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Shift Work Can Lead to Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

August 8, 2012
Shift Work Can Lead to Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

General Hospital: Night Shift (Photo credit: Wikipedia) According to results of a new study published in the BMJ, working the night shift or any odd-hours shift other than a regular day schedule may increase your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Research in the past decades has already linked shift work to...
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Kids developing adult health problems

August 8, 2012

  The Columbus Dispatch Sunday July 29, 2012 10:25 AM It’s a sad truth that many of today’s children are carrying the health problems of the middle-aged. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes all are linked to the nation’s high rates of overweight and obese children. With that in mind, the National Heart,...
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Many ignoring high blood pressure advice

August 7, 2012

Tue Aug 07, 2012, 06:44 PM EDT Niagara Gazette — Many Western New Yorkers who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure are taking steps to ensure the improvement of their health. Thousands, however, are ignoring advice given to them by their physicians and continue to put their health at risk according to a...
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Vegetarian diet and influence health

August 6, 2012

Meat causes high blood pressure and heart problems, but vegetarian food often fails to provide some vital nutrients Eating less meat reduces the risk of heart problems and more vegetables mean lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Photo: Shutterstock It does not matter whether or not you are a vegetarian; the most important thing is...
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‘Amazing treatment’, damaging nerves, targets high blood pressure

August 6, 2012

Since learning five years ago that he had high blood pressure, Jeffrey Firebaugh has tried six or seven types and combinations of medications to control it. Nothing has worked. “I’ve pretty much taken about everything you can take for it,” said Firebaugh, 32. “It’s been a struggle.” He hopes that taking part in tests...
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How to get an accurate blood pressure reading

August 6, 2012

Dear Dr. Donohue: I have a new doctor. My old doctor retired. The new one is quite busy. Here’s how my first visit went: The doctor rushed into the room and asked if I had any problems. I said no, but I need a general exam. He grabbed my arm and took my blood...
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Three 10-Minute Workout More Effective Than Single 30-Minute Bout

July 28, 2012
Three 10-Minute Workout More Effective Than Single 30-Minute Bout

“Every four years, the summer Olympics get people excited to exercise,” says Glenn Gaesser, a professor and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University, who oversaw a new study about exercise and high blood pressure that was inspired in part by the coming games in London. The streets and gyms...
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Checking blood pressure levels regularly is important

July 24, 2012

About 73 million people in America over the age of 20 have high blood pressure; that translates into one in three adults. Many people go for years without being diagnosed, because there may not be any symptoms until a heart attack or stroke; therefore, checking blood pressure levels regularly is important. Because it is...
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