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Cutting back on sodium is crucial to treating heart disease, but most heart patients aren't able to limit their salt intake, a new study finds.

On average, people with heart disease consume more than double the daily recommended amount of salt, researchers report.

Sodium is essential for human health, but taking in too much can raise blood pressure, which damages blood vessels and f...

The seeds of high blood pressure in adulthood might be sown in youth, a new study suggests.

Children and teenagers with excess weight were more likely to have high blood pressure in middle age, researchers report.

In fact, there's a linear r...

Seniors wound up with lower blood pressure after they were coached to get up and move more often, a new study says.

Health coaching successfully reduced sitting time for a group of older adults by just over 30 minutes a day, according to a report published March 27 in the journal JAMA Network Open<...

A major review of data confirms that getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night is a risk factor for high blood pressure.

Data collected in 16 studies conducted from 2000 through 2023, involving over 1 million people in six countries, revealed a 7% rise in the ri...

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2024 -- Boys who drink lots of sugary soda and fruit juice could be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.

Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugary drinks during a boy's childhood is associated with a 34% increase ...

Indigenous people in seven countries, including the United States and Canada, appear to be more likely to suffer a stroke than non-natives, a new, large review finds.

"Disparities are especially evident in countries where high average quality of life and long life expectancies are often not mirrored in Indigneous populations," said study author

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Two of the most common pregnancy complications for women, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, could jeopardize the future heart health of their children, a new study suggests. 

    Researchers found that the children of women who developed either or both of those conditions during pregnancy showed signs of less-than-ideal heart health before the age of 12. 

    “Throug...

    Replacing regular salt with a salt substitute can reduce high blood pressure in older adults, a new study has found.

    Older adults who use a salt substitute are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who use regular salt, according to findings published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College...

    Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

    Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

    But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

    “His death really made m...

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound provides more health benefits than dropping pounds and controlling diabetes, a new study shows.

    It also appears to help people with obesity manage their high blood pressure, results show.

    Patients taking Zepbound (tirzepatide) experienced a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, according to a...

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday addressed a continuing issue with pulse oximeters -- that they give less accurate readings for folks with darker skin.

    The devices are designed to measure oxygen levels in the blood, so correct readings are critical, experts say.

    During its daylong

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  • February 5, 2024
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  • Black American women have much higher rates of high blood pressure than white women, and it's especially deadly if hypertension sets in before the age of 35, new research shows.

    Black women diagnosed with high blood pressure before the age of 35 had triple the odds of suffering a stroke, compared to Black women without hypertension, the study found.

    “This research was motivated by...

    New research suggests the effects of high blood pressure during pregnancy may be long-lasting.

    Researchers found that women who developed high blood pressure during pregnancy had tell-tale signs of abnormal heart structure and function up to a decade later.

    "This study helps to clarify that, for some women, pregnancy is not just a 'stress test' that unmasks underlying cardiovascular...

    In sickness and in health -- and in blood pressure, too?

    A new international study finds that if your blood pressure rises with time, your spouse's might, also.

    “Many people know that high blood pressure is common in middle-aged and older adults, yet we were surprised to find that among many older couples, both husband and wife had high blood pressure in the U.S., England, China a...

    Hispanic women who experience spikes in blood pressure while pregnant may also face higher heart risks years later, new research shows.

    These "hypertensive disorders of pregnancy" (HDP) -- conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia and gestational hypertension -- may even have a greater role to play in certain heart risks than regular high blood pressure, the researchers noted.

    “T...

    It's not just bumper-to-bumper highway traffic that's causing your blood pressure to spike during your daily commute.

    New research shows that the exhaust fumes spewing from all those vehicles triggers a significant increase in car passengers' blood pressure.

    The observed increase is comparable to the effect of a high-salt diet, researchers found, and the effect can last up to 24 hou...

    Cutting out just one teaspoon of salt every day lowers blood pressure almost as much as medication does, new research shows.

    Investigators said theirs is one of the largest studies ever to include people taking high blood pressure meds in a look at the effect of reducing dietary intake of sodium.

    “We found that 70-75% of all people, regardless of whether they are already on blood ...

    Fluctuating blood pressure can be a harbinger for both dementia and heart disease, a new study finds.

    Ups and downs within 24 hours or even over several days or weeks were linked with impaired thinking, researchers from Australia reported.

    Higher variations in systolic blood pressure, the top number, were linked with stiffening of the arteries, which is associated with heart disease...

    Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.

    Many different medication classes have been linked to the risk of driving impairment, as anyone who has ever read the label warning "do not operate heavy machinery" might have guessed.

    But the new study took a particularly rigorous approach t...

    Adding 3,000 extra steps a day can help older adults with hypertension significantly lower their blood pressure.

    About 80% of older adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Keeping it down can help protect against heart failure, heart attacks and strokes.

    “We'll all get high blood pressure if we live long enough, at least in this country,”

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 28, 2023
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  • Winter months can be a challenge for those trying to keep their high blood pressure in check, new research suggests.

    In an analysis of more than 60,000 American adults being treated for high blood pressure at six health care centers in the Southeast and Midwest United States, scientists found that systolic blood pressure -- the top number -- rose slightly in winter months, by up to 1.7 mm...

    COVID-19 patients face a markedly greater risk for developing persistently high blood pressure, even if they never had blood pressure concerns before, new research indicates.

    The rise in risk seen among otherwise heart-healthy patients also appeared to be notably greater among COVID patients than in influenza patients.

    The findings, said senior study author

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 21, 2023
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  • Every day, millions of people must take one or more pills to control their blood pressure and reduce their risk for heart attack or stroke, but if new research pans out, some may be able to scrap their pills for a twice-yearly shot with the same benefits.

    Given as a shot every six months, zilebesiran suppresses the gene that produces a hormone called angiotensin that causes blood vessels ...

    Patients could find lifesaving benefits in using a home blood pressure cuff.

    New research finds that home blood pressure monitoring saves lives and cuts costs. It also reduces health care disparities in racial and ethnic minorities and rural residents.

    Furthermore, regular self-testing better controls high blood pressure, especially in underserved patients, reducing the risk o...

    Loneliness might be a true heartbreaker for people with diabetes — raising their odds of a heart attack even more than unhealthy lifestyle habits do.

    That's according to a new study of over 18,000 adults with the blood sugar disease. Researchers found that people who reported feeling lonely were up to 26% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke in the next decade, compared to tho...

    You could have high blood pressure and not realize it. The only way to know for sure is to have your blood pressure tested.

    It's an important step, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), and so is understanding your results so you can keep your blood pressure under control.

    A diagnosis of high blood pressure -- and any unusually low blood pressure readings - must be mad...

    Many men will put off going to the doctor unless they are really sick, but men's health screenings help catch problems before symptoms appear.

    So, how can you tell if a health screening or preventive care appointment is right for you?

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the

    Dangerously low blood pressure is considered an “invisible” consequence of paralysis, adding to the woes of as many as 9 out of 10 people with spinal cord injuries.

    Now, a new implant has been developed that treats the problem by delivering electrical stimulation to a select group of spinal neurons.

    The device, called a neuroprosthetic baroflex, stimulates the lower part of the ...

    That road noise outside your window could be wreaking havoc on your blood pressure.

    A new study published March 22 in JACC: Advances found that the roaring engines, blaring horns and wailing sirens can themselves elevate high blood pressure (hypertension) risk, aside from questions about the impact of air pollution.

    “We were a little surprised that the association between...

    Plenty of people enjoy a cup or two, or maybe three or four, of coffee every day.

    But new research shows that people with severe high blood pressure ("hypertension") should steer clear of drinking too much java.

    The study found that for those with blood pressure of 160/100 or higher, drinking two or more cups of coffee daily was associated with a doubled risk of death from heart di...

    Adding a little yoga to an exercise routine can be the fix someone needs to drop high blood pressure, a small study suggests.

    “As observed in several studies, we recommend that patients try to find exercise and stress relief for the management of hypertension [high blood pressure] and cardiovascular disease in whatever form they find most appealing,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 8, 2022
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  • Mindfulness is a centuries-old practice that's become trendy in recent years -- and a new study now says it can help your heart health.

    Training in mindfulness can help people better manage their high blood pressure by helping them stick to healthy lifestyle changes, a new clinical trial reports.

    An eight-week customized mindfulness program helped people lower their systolic blood p...

    Some patients with high blood pressure can't get it under control with standard medications, but a new study shows an experimental drug is up to the task of treating these tough-to-treat cases.

    Why do some folks struggle more with managing their high blood pressure than others? When the hypertension i...

    Although blood pressure levels among Americans rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests things could have been far worse.

    "We expected blood pressure control to be worse due to decreased physical activity, stress, poor sleep and other cardiovascular disease risk factors that worsened during the pandemic," said study leader

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 3, 2022
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  • Controlling high blood pressure in older adults may be one of the "best bets" for reducing the risk of developing dementia, Australian researchers report.

    "Given population aging and the substantial costs of caring for people with dementia, even a small reduction could have considerable global impact,...

    Regular home monitoring can help with blood pressure control, but only half of people who have hypertension or other related conditions actually do it, a new study found.

    Of Americans ages 50 to 80 who take blood pressure me...

    When it comes to why U.S. heart patients wind up in the emergency room, uncontrolled high blood pressure (or "hypertension") fuels about one-third of those medical crises.

    “These visits resulted in hospital admission less than 3% of the time and with very few deaths — less than 0.1%. This suggests...

    It doesn't seem to matter what time of day or night you take your blood pressure medication, a new study finds.

    The results of a randomized trial of more than 21,000 patients with high blood pressure who were follo...

    When it comes to taking your blood pressure at home, smart devices with lots of bells and whistles are no better than old-school monitors, which happen to cost much less.

    This is the main finding of a new study that compared high-tech devices that link to your smartph...

    Women who are their own bosses might have healthier hearts to show for it, a new study suggests.

    The study, of more than 4,600 working U.S. women, found that those who were self-employed typically got more exercise and were less likely to be obese or have

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 2, 2022
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  • Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure — and that alone more than doubles their odds of being hospitalized if they are infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a new study revealed.

    This was true even in people who were fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, according to researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los ...

    Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you're done for extra heart health benefits.

    That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.

    The new study didn't look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some...

    Called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the environment, new research suggests that middle-aged women with high levels of perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) in their blood may be more vulnerable to high blood pressure.

    In the study, women aged 45 to 56 who had the highest concentrat...

    Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

    "The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes - including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant - not only adversely influence both mom and ch...

    "Fill your plate up with colorful fruits and veggies for heart health."

    Such customized reminder texts may help folks who have had one heart attack avoid a second one, according to a new study out of Australia.

    "Texts provi...

    High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

    "Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 10, 2022
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  • When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, accounting for more than one in five deaths. Still, far too few women realize the danger.

    In fact, "Awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of death among women actu...

    The often-used steroid spironolactone is not linked to any increased risk of a range of common cancers, according to a new study.

    The synthetic steroid is routinely used to manage heart failure, high blood pressure and edema, and also used off-label to treat acne, hair loss and excessive hair growth (hirsutism).

    "Though the

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  • Regular blood pressure readings at home are more accurate for diagnosing high blood pressure than those taken at a doctor's office, according to a new study.

    "Blood pressure varies a lot over the day and one or two measurements in clinic may not reflect your average blood pressure," said study author Dr. Beverly Green, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Researc...

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