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  1. High Blood Pressure Set to Soar Worldwide

    Jan. 13, 2005 -- Twenty years from now, more than 1.5 billion people worldwide will have high blood pressure, new estimates show. If the prediction holds, it would mean a 60% increase since 2000. The skyrocketing statistics appear in The Lancet's Jan. 15 edition. They're based on two decades of glob

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  2. High Blood Pressure: The Invisible Health Risk

    It's 2005: Do you know what your blood pressure should be? Within the last two years, a number of new studies have led doctors to rethink their conclusions about what defines high blood pressure (hint: it's lower than you think), and the best approaches to treating this deceptively symptom-free dise

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  3. Genes Don't Explain Hypertension in Blacks

    Jan. 4, 2005 -- Genes probably don't deserve the blame for high blood pressure in African-Americans. Studies have consistently shown that in the U.S., African-Americans tend to have higher rates of high blood pressure than whites. However, the same isn't true of blacks overseas. According to the res

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  4. Alcohol Without Food Boosts Blood Pressure

    Dec. 21, 2004 -- Before you raise a toast or sip champagne this holiday season, grab a bite to eat. A new study shows that drinking alcohol without eating raises the chance of developing high blood pressure. Researchers learned that by studying the food-and-drink habits of more than 2,600 healthy, w

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  5. At-Home Blood Pressure Devices Get High Marks

    Dec. 21, 2004 -- At-home blood pressure machines may do a better job of screening for high blood pressure than devices in doctors' offices, says the American Heart Association (AHA). Nearly a third of U.S. adults -- 65 million people -- have high blood pressure. It's even more common in older adults

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  6. Do Some Blood Pressure Drugs Up Heart Risk?

    Dec. 14, 2004 -- One common type of blood pressure drug may not work as well as others at preventing heart death, a new study shows. The data comes from women aged 50-79 enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). It's the same study that showed hormone replacement therapy to be less effective

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  7. Stressed? Build Muscle to Help Blood Pressure

    Nov. 24, 2004 -- Hand weights, running, swimming: Just do it. For people prone to high blood pressure, having more muscle than fat helps control blood pressure during stressful times, researchers say. Blacks -- a race especially at risk for stress-related high blood pressure -- stand to benefit the

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  8. 'Tis the Season for Heart Attacks?

    Nov. 10 2004 -- 'Tis the season to be too jolly? A new poll suggests this may be the case for a whopping 81% of the 65 million people with high blood pressure who eat, drink, and smoke to their heart's (dis)content from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. "So many individuals with high blood pressu

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  9. Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

    They call high blood pressure "the silent killer" because so many people are walking around with it and don't even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s.

  10. Study: Tenormin Not Best Blood Pressure Drug

    Nov. 4, 2004 -- Tenormin, a popular blood-pressure-lowering drug, doesn't lower a person's risk of dying from heart disease, a new study suggests. Introduced in 1976, Tenormin is used by millions of patients with heart disease. It's a member of the class of drugs known as beta-blockers, which lower

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