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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. High Blood Pressure Climbs in Winter

      Jan. 12, 2009 -- Falling temperatures in winter may cause an unhealthy rise in high blood pressure in elderly people, according to a new study linking cooler temperatures with higher blood pressure. Seasonal variations in blood pressure have been noted for years, but few studies have looked at these

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    7. Grapes May Fight High Blood Pressure

      Oct. 29, 2008 -- A hardy helping of grapes may fight high blood pressure and heart disease if you eat a salty diet, a new University of Michigan study shows. Because black, green, and red grapes contain high levels of naturally occurring antioxidants, the fruits may reduce hypertension that can lead

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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