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  1. Agent Orange, High BP May Be Linked

    July 27, 2007 -- In a report that could affect millions of veterans, an expert panel concluded for the first time Friday that the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange may be linked to hypertension in former soldiers. The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, is only the first step in a process

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  2. Eat Chocolate For Lower Blood Pressure?

    July 3, 2007 -- The health benefits of dark chocolate may include lowering high blood pressure, German researchers report. But overindulging in dark chocolate might blow your calorie budget, and packing on pounds could raise blood pressure. So portion control may help you have your dark chocolate an

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  3. Omega-3s May Lower Blood Pressure

    June 4, 2007 -- Looking to lower your blood pressure? You may want to add foods containing omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Such foods -- which include flaxseeds, walnuts, and fatty fish such as salmon -- may help lower blood pressure, a new study shows. The findings "lend modest support to current

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  4. Nutty Perk for Women's Blood Pressure

    May 30, 2007 -- When it comes to lowering blood pressure, soy nuts may be a smart snack for women, a new study suggests. Never heard of soy nuts? They're dry-roasted soybeans. Like other soy foods, they contain nutrients called isoflavones, along with 8 grams of fat and 240 calories in a half cup. T

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  5. Doing Enough for High Blood Pressure?

    May 3, 2007 -- Most people diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) could do more to control it. That's according to a CDC report released today. Data came from more than 101,000 adults in 20 states who were interviewed via telephone in 2005. More than 24,400 participants said they had been

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  6. Job Stress Jacks Up Blood Pressure

    April 10, 2007 -- At work, after work -- even during sleep -- stressful jobs jack up workers' blood pressure, a Belgian study finds. It's not a huge increase -- but it's enough to confer a substantial risk of heart disease, find Els Clays, MSc, of Ghent University in Belgium, and colleagues. As part

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  7. Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

    March 16, 2007 -- A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests. "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. "And it seems to be

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  8. FDA OKs New High Blood Pressure Drug

    March 6, 2007 -- The FDA today approved a new drug called Tekturna to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Tekturna is the first FDA-approved drug in a new class of high blood pressure drugs called renin inhibitors. The kidneys make renin, an enzyme, to help regulate blood pressure. Renin can r

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  9. Painkiller Risk: High Blood Pressure

    Feb. 26, 2007 – The most widely used medicines in the world -- over-the-counter pain drugs -- raise a person's risk of high blood pressure. It's true for men as well as for women, suggest new findings from Gary C. Curhan, MD, ScD, and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical Sc

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  10. Nitrates Lower Blood Pressure

    Dec. 27, 2006 -- A type of nutrient found in vegetables like spinach and lettuce may be Mother Nature's way of keeping blood pressure in check. A small new study suggests the nitrates in many vegetables may keep blood vessels healthy and lower blood pressure. Previous studies have shown that a diet

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