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    1. 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.

    2. 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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    3. RESPeRATE Device May Lower Blood Pressure

      Oct. 14, 2004 -- The computerized musical device called RESPeRATE helps people breathe slowly and lowers their blood pressure, research shows. The RESPeRATE device sells for about $300. Its manufacturer, InterCure Ltd., claims it lowers blood pressure. And it does, report high blood pressure expert

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    4. Sleep Face Down for Lower Blood Pressure

      Oct. 11, 2004 -- A change in sleeping position may lower your blood pressure. That suggestion comes from a study presented this week at the American Heart Association's 58th Annual Fall Conference. Researcher Yasuharu Tabara of Ehime University School of Medicine in Ehime, Japan, notes that high nig

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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