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  1. Hydrogen Sulfide May Treat High Blood Pressure

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- Hydrogen sulfide sometimes gets a bad rap because of its smell -- think rotten eggs -- but it actually is important for regulating our blood pressure, according to a new study. Hydrogen sulfide is produced in the thin lining of the blood vessels and regulates blood pressure by relax

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  2. High Blood Pressure Is More Prevalent

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- The bad news is that an increasingly high percentage of Americans have hypertension, or high blood pressure. The increase is due at least in part to the obesity epidemic. The good news is that a bigger percentage of people with hypertension are aware that they have the condition. Th

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  3. Guided Relaxation for Blood Pressure?

    Sept. 17, 2008 -- Elderly people with high blood pressure might want to give guided relaxation audio programs a try, new research shows. In a small study, elderly people with hypertension (high blood pressure) who listened to a guided relaxation audio program lowered their systolic blood pressure (t

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  4. Early Weight Gain Ups Adult Hypertension

    Sept. 2, 2008 -- Rapid weight gain during the first few months of life may increase high blood pressure risk in adulthood, a new study shows. The research adds to the mounting evidence suggesting a role for prenatal and early life growth in many chronic conditions of adulthood, including obesity and

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  5. Olive Leaf to Treat Hypertension?

    Aug. 28, 2008 -- People have been using olive leaf medicinally for millennia. The ancient Egyptians revered the leaves. Ancient Greeks used them to clean wounds, and the original Olympic athletes were crowned with a wreath of olive leaves. The olive leaf is even mentioned in the Bible for its purpor

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  6. Gout Drug Cuts Teen High Blood Pressure

    Aug. 26, 2008 -- The drug allopurinol, often prescribed to lower uric acid levels in adults who suffer the painful arthritic condition known as gout, also appears to help lower high blood pressure in teens, according to a new study. However, the study's lead author emphasizes he is not suggesting th

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  7. Prehypertension by Age 35 Clogs Arteries

    July 14, 2008 -- Young adults with prehypertension (blood pressure measurements slightly above normal) are more likely to have clogged arteries later in life. The American Heart Association defines prehypertension as a systolic (top) blood pressure measurement of 120 to 139 mmHg or a diastolic (bott

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  8. Overweight? Cocoa May Cut Blood Pressure

    July 11, 2008 -- Cocoa, either in a dark chocolate bar or as a hot drink, may reduce blood pressure in overweight adults. That's what happened in a recent study of 45 healthy adults with BMI (body mass index) near the borderline between overweight and obese. The researchers -- who included David L.

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  9. Lower Blood Pressure Just a Click Away?

    June 24, 2008 -- Is there a better way to manage high blood pressure? Keeping track of your high blood pressure may be as simple as going online. A new study shows that web users who chatted with a pharmacist online and checked blood pressure at home controlled hypertension (high blood pressure) bet

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  10. High Blood Pressure in Kids Can Linger

    June 17, 2008 -- Problems with high blood pressure that start in childhood may last a lifetime. A new review of research confirms that children with elevated blood pressure levels are more likely to have high blood pressure, or hypertension, as adults. "The blood pressure tracking data indicate that

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