Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

January 20, 2014

Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.

Excess Salt a Factor in 2.3 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide

March 21, 2013

Overabundant salt intake was a factor in nearly 2.3 million deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related causes that occurred worldwide in 2010, according to a new study. That number represents 15 percent of all heart-related deaths that year, the researchers said.

Blacks Who Take Vitamin D May See Dip in Blood Pressure

March 15, 2013

Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests. “Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more likely to have high blood pressure,” said lead researcher Dr. John Forman, an assistant professor of medicine at the renal division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Treating Kidneys With Radio Waves May Ease Tough-to-Control Hypertension

December 17, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — For patients whose high blood pressure cannot be controlled despite taking several medications, a short burst of radio waves at the nerves around the kidneys may do the trick, a small new study says.
The treatment was effective for at least six months. The findings could be […]

Common Heart Drug Might Dampen Some Autism Symptoms

December 11, 2012

A medication typically prescribed to control high blood pressure that’s commonly referred to as a water pill may ease some of the symptoms of autism, researchers say. That’s especially true for people who have milder forms of the disorder, the new research indicates.

Could Kids’ Salt Intake Affect Their Weight?

December 10, 2012

Children who eat a lot of salty food also tend to down more sugary drinks — which, in turn, might be related to their risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The findings raise the possibility that curbing kids’ salt intake could end up benefiting their waistlines, researchers report in the Dec. 10 online and January print issue of Pediatrics.

High Blood Pressure Often Missed in Young Adults: Study

November 6, 2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) — Younger adults with high blood pressure are less likely than older adults with elevated blood pressure (hypertension) to be diagnosed during doctor visits, a new study says.
Researchers examined the health records of more than 13,000 men and women aged 18 and older in the United States who had made […]

Fainting Spells Often Tied to Too Many Meds at Once: Study

November 4, 2012

SUNDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) — Taking too many medications at the same time could lead to repeated fainting episodes, a new study reveals.
“Simply stated, the more antihypertensive pills a patient takes, the greater the likelihood of a possible fainting spell under certain circumstances,” explained one cardiologist, Dr. David Friedman, chief of Heart Failure Services […]

More Americans Have High Blood Pressure Under Control: Survey

October 22, 2012

MONDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) — Increased use of multiple drug combinations likely explains the significant increase in the number of U.S. adults with hypertension who say they have their blood pressure under control, according to a new study.
Researchers followed more than 9,300 patients with high blood pressure and found that those who said they […]

Could Hypertension in Pregnancy Harm Child’s Thinking Skills for Decades?

October 4, 2012

Children of women who suffer from high blood pressure — or “hypertension” — during pregnancy may pay a price even decades later, with new research suggesting these offspring score lower on thinking skills tests in old age. Analyzing medical records from nearly 400 men born between 1934 and 1944, Finnish scientists found that those whose mothers had pregnancy-related hypertension experienced a greater decline in language skills, math reasoning and visual/spatial relationships by their seventh decade of life than men whose mothers did not have high blood pressure (the “control” group).

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