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    1. Prehypertension Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke

      Sept. 28, 2011 -- Having even slightly high blood pressure may substantially increase a person’s risk of having a stroke, new research shows. The research, a review of 12 studies that included more than half a million people, found that adults who had prehypertension -- meaning systolic blood pressu

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    2. One Thing Red Wine Can’t Do

      Sept. 23, 2011 -- Red wine (in moderation) is as good for your health as it is to your palate. At least that’s what we’re consistently told. Red wine and heart health have long been linked, with studies suggesting a glass or two a day lowers heart disease risk. The heart-healthy benefits are often c

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    3. African-Africans May Develop High Blood Pressure Faster

      Sept. 14, 2011-- African-Americans may develop high blood pressure faster than whites with the same risk factors, according to a new study. Researchers found that African-Americans with prehypertension progressed to hypertension a year sooner than whites with the same condition. African-Americans wi

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    4. Purple Potatoes Lower Blood Pressure

      Aug. 31, 2011 -- A daily dose of purple potatoes served plain may help your heart. That is, if you steer clear of the deep fryer and fatty toppings. A new study shows that people who ate plain purple potatoes cooked in the microwave twice a day for a month lowered their blood pressure by 3%-4% witho

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    5. Soy, Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Blood Pressure

      July 18, 2011 -- Looking to lower your blood pressure? You might want to add more soy or low-fat dairy to your diet. A new study offers some of the strongest evidence yet that replacing carbohydrates with protein from low-fat dairy and soy can help reduce blood pressure. The study is the first to di

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    6. High-Sodium, Low-Potassium Diet Linked to Heart Risk

      July 11, 2011 -- A diet high in sodium and low in potassium increases the risk of death from heart disease and other causes, according to a new study. "Americans who eat a diet high in sodium and low in potassium have a 50% increased risk of death from any cause and about about twice the risk of dea

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    7. 'White Coat Effect' Linked to Hypertension Overtreatment

      June 20, 2011 -- The so-called "white coat effect" is both real and common in the management of hypertension and it may be a significant cause of patient overtreatment, a new study finds. Researchers from Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center report that blood pressure readings taken in d

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    8. Many Young Adults May Have High Blood Pressure

      May 25, 2011 -- Close to 19% of young adults may have high blood pressure, and just half of them are aware of it despite this condition's strong link to heart attack and stroke risk, according to a new study. "There is a sleeping epidemic among young adults," says study researcher Kathleen Mullan Ha

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    9. Death Rate Declines for Americans With Hypertension

      April 25, 2011 -- There's been a decline in the number of deaths among Americans with high blood pressure for heart-related reasons or any cause, but these rates are still higher than in people with normal blood pressure, a study shows. “Mortality rates are going down for everybody with high blood p

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    10. Moms May Pass Hypertension Risk to Kids

      March 31, 2011 -- Mothers with a certain genetic mutation may pass the tendency to develop high blood pressure on to their children, according to a new study. Researchers from the U.S., China, and Austria made the discovery after focusing on a five-generation Chinese family. Many of its members who

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