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  1. Following BP Guidelines Could Save Money

    April 21, 2004 -- A national savings of more than a billion dollars a year could be realized among elderly patients if doctors followed new high blood pressure treatment guidelines, a report from Harvard Medical School suggests. Those guidelines call for the use of diuretics, commonly referred to as

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  2. Meditation Helps Teens Lower Blood Pressure

    April 2, 2004 -- Getting a teenager to sit still and meditate for 15 minutes twice a day may be a challenge in itself, but a new study shows the health rewards may be worth the effort. Researchers found African-American adolescents at risk for hypertension in adulthood were able to lower their blood

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  3. Home Blood Pressure Tests Predict Risk Better

    March 16, 2004 -- Home blood pressure tests may be a better predictor of heart disease or stroke risk than those performed at the doctor's office, a new study suggests. French researchers found home blood pressure measurements taken among a group of elderly men and women with high blood pressure mor

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  4. New Guidelines for Exercise and Hypertension

    March 9, 2004 -- Getting at least 30 minutes a day of exercise not only helps prevent heart problems, but it should also be a part of the prescription for treating people with high blood pressure, according to a new report. Revised guidelines on exercise and hypertension released today by the Americ

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  5. Blood Pressure Drugs Don't Discriminate

    Feb. 26, 2004 -- Individual differences are much more important than racial ones when it comes to prescribing drugs to treat high blood pressure, according to a new study. On average, researchers say blacks and whites may differ slightly in their response to blood pressure lowering drugs, but they h

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  6. Antioxidant May Help Lower Blood Pressure

    Feb. 20, 2004 -- Taking an antioxidant supplement made from the bark of French pine trees may help people with high blood pressure reduce their dependence on medications taken to keep their blood pressure under control, new research shows. The study shows that people with high blood pressure who too

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  7. 5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

    A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help

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  8. Jet Lag Hormone Lowers Blood Pressure

    Jan. 20, 2004 -- A popular over-the-counter treatment for jet lag and insomnia may also lower blood pressure, early research suggests. If the findings are confirmed, investigators say the hormone melatonin could be a useful addition to the current armamentarium of hypertension therapies. But even th

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  9. Blood Pressure Meds: Pricey Isn't Better

    Dec. 23, 2003 -- Doctors favor the pricey high blood pressure drugs -- despite evidence that less-expensive drugs are equally effective. Beta-blockers and diuretics are inexpensive, effective, and well-tolerated drugs for high blood pressure. In fact, they are recommended as first-line treatment by

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  10. Inflammation Adds to Blood Pressure Risks

    Nov. 24, 2003 -- Having high blood pressure may be especially dangerous for women with high levels of the inflammation marker known as C-reactive protein (CRP). A new study shows that when both blood pressure and CRP levels are elevated, the risk of heart attack and stroke may be as much as eight ti

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