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  1. Vegetable Protein Lowers Blood Pressure

    July 6, 2009 - A new study shows that an amino acid known as glutamic acid, which is found in greater amounts in vegetable protein, is associated with lower blood pressure.   This builds on other research linking higher intake of vegetable protein to lower blood pressure. Researchers say the finding

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  2. White-Coat Hypertension Not Benign

    June 29, 2009 -- New research suggests that approximately one in six adults exhibit "white-coat" hypertension, meaning that their blood pressure is high when their doctor checks it, but normal the rest of the time. Additionally, close to one in 10 people have a less well understood condition known a

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  3. Genes Affect Blood Pressure Risk

    June 16, 2009 -- Genes may help explain why some people are more or less susceptible to the negative effects of drinking, smoking, or lack of exercise on their blood pressure. A new study shows lifestyle factors interact with genes to influence blood pressure levels and increase or decrease the risk

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  4. Blood Pressure Too High? Get a Wallet Card

    June 16, 2009 -- Small steps can produce big results when it comes to keeping high blood pressure under control. A new study shows educating people with high blood pressure about their condition and giving them attainable goals can help them lower their blood pressure without expensive interventions

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  5. New Use for Active Ingredient of Cialis

    May 29, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new use for tadalafil, which is the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. Tadalafil, sold as Adcirca, is now approved to improve exercise ability in people with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is a rare, life-threatening lung disorde

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  6. Genes Linked to High Blood Pressure

    May 11, 2009 - A group of genes may raise the risks associated with high blood pressure, such as heart attack and stroke. Researchers found that 10 genetic variants individually explained about 1% of blood pressure variation after accounting for other risk factors, like age, gender, and excess weigh

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  7. Low Blood Pressure Risky for Heart Patients?

    May 7, 2009 -- In patients with cardiovascular disease, very low blood pressure may actually boost their risk of stroke and heart attack, according to a new -- and controversial -- report. "There is a point at which blood pressure lowering becomes counterproductive," says Franz H. Messerli, MD, a pr

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  8. Blood Pressure Pill Exforge HCT Approved

    May 5, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Exforge HCT, which combines three blood pressure drugs -- amlodipine, valsartan, and hydrochlorothiazide -- into one pill. Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker. Valsartan is an angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB). Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic. In June 2007,

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  9. Insomnia Raises Risk of High Blood Pressure

    April 1, 2009 -- Insomniacs who sleep less than five hours a night are five times more likely to develop high blood pressure than sound sleepers who get enough rest, a new study shows. The link between another sleep disorder, sleep apnea, and hypertension is well established. But the newly published

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  10. Online Checkups Control Blood Pressure

    March 31, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Using the Internet to stay in touch with your doctor between checkups can help you control blood pressure, a study shows. "Internet-based telemedicine systems allow patients to report blood pressure readings to their doctors and receive feedback as to how close they

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