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    1. Folate Lowers Risk of High Blood Pressure

      Oct. 11, 2004 -- A folate-rich diet cuts a young woman's risk of high blood pressure by almost one-third, new research shows. Folate also reduces older women's risk of high blood pressure to a lesser degree. Folate, a B-complex vitamin, is the basis of any great salad: citrus fruits, spinach and rom

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    2. Handgrip Exercises May Lower Blood Pressure

      Oct. 8, 2004 -- People with high blood pressure may one day be able to take the problem into their own hands -- literally. Two new studies show that handgrip exercises make blood vessels more flexible, improve blood vessel function, and lower high blood pressure. The studies were conducted at Canada

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    3. High Blood Pressure Harms Young Adult Brains

      Oct. 4, 2004 -- High blood pressure can decrease mental function in young adults as much as it does in older people, according to a new study. Early, aggressive efforts to prevent and treat high blood pressure regardless of a patient's age are needed, says researcher Merrill F. Elias, PhD, MPH, in a

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    4. Wine Eases Blood Pressure Risks

      Sept. 17, 2004 -- Wine may literally be the blood of life, according to a new French study that shows wine appears to lower the health risks associated with high blood pressure. In fact, researchers say wine may be the key ingredient that helps explain why people with high blood pressure are more li

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    5. Blood Pressure Drugs Cut Risk of Fractures

      Sept. 14, 2004 -- Two types of blood pressure drugs -- beta-blockers and thiazide diuretics -- may also reduce fractures, a new study shows. Previous animal and human studies have shown this benefit, including one observational study that showed that women over age 50 who took beta-blockers had a 30

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    6. ACE Inhibitors Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

      Sept. 6, 2004 -- The risk of sudden cardiac death and nonfatal cardiac arrest can be reduced by a type of high blood pressure medication -- angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Past studies have shown that these medications reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with heart d

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    7. Top Blood Pressure Number Is Key in Seniors

      Aug. 31, 2004 -- People aged 60 and older commonly face a unique blood pressure problem. And new research shows that this is something that shouldn't be ignored. Blood pressure is noted by two numbers. The upper number, systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart pu

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    8. High BP + Cold Weather Ups Heart Attack Risk

      Aug. 31, 2004 (Munich, Germany) -- High blood pressure is a well-known risk factor for heart disease and stroke, but new research suggests that the risk attributed to high blood pressure goes up as the temperature goes down. Researchers in France report that for those with high blood pressure -- mea

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    9. 1 in 3 Adults Has High Blood Pressure.

      Aug. 23, 2004 -- The number of adults in the U.S. with high blood pressure increased by nearly a third during the last 10 years, according to the latest government figures. Sixty-five million Americans now have hypertension compared with 50 million a decade ago -- an 8% increase. While much of the r

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    10. Eyes Help Predict High Blood Pressure

      Aug. 9, 2004 -- Want to know if you're likely to develop high blood pressure? The answer may lie in your eyes. Color, size, and shape don't matter. Nor does quality of eyesight. Instead, it's tiny blood vessels, called retinal arterioles, that count. The vessels, found in the retina, can be photogra

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