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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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