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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. '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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    4. 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.

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