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  1. 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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  2. High Blood Pressure and the Elderly Mind

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- A new study shows that having mild hypertension may actually help older people think more clearly. Israeli researchers say that among the 495 elderly patients they studied, those with slightly elevated blood pressure performed the best on tests gauging memory, concentration, verbal

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  3. Healthy BMI Prevents High Blood Pressure

    Oct. 9, 2003 -- Keeping your weight under control, from childhood through middle age, can offset high blood pressure in later years a new study shows. In the study from Great Britain, researchers tracked more than 3,000 men and women born in 1946. Each was regularly contacted since birth, and variou

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  4. Clue to High BP in African Americans

    Oct. 2, 2003 -- It's one of the biggest puzzles in public health: Why is hypertension -- high blood pressure -- so deadly and so difficult to control in African Americans? A big piece of the puzzle may now be at hand. It suggests that many African Americans retain salt as a physical response to stre

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  5. Hypertension May Not Speed Brain Decline

    Sept. 29, 2003 -- Having high blood pressure may affect a person's health in a variety of ways, but a new study shows the condition may not necessarily speed up age-related declines in mental performance. The research suggests that contrary to the classical model of aging, high blood pressure alone

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  6. Is Salt Really So Bad?

    Sept. 25, 2003 -- If you have high blood pressure, you've probably been told to reduce the salt in your diet, but new findings are challenging the idea that sodium is a major culprit in promoting high blood pressure. Researchers who have argued against the salt-blood pressure link for almost two dec

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  7. High Blood Pressure Causes Memory Lapse?

    Sept. 23, 2003 -- There's more evidence that taking measures to prevent heart disease and stroke may benefit your mind as well as your body. A new study suggests that some short-term memory lapses often attributed to aging may actually result from having high blood pressure. "It's not that people wi

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  8. High Blood Pressure Damages Organs

    Sept. 23, 2003 -- Even slightly elevated blood pressure can cause kidney and heart damage, a new study shows. The researchers found that high normal blood pressure can damage the kidney's ability to clear toxins from the blood. In addition, they found this level of blood pressure can cause an enlarg

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  9. The New Low for High Blood Pressure

    One night back in May, I went to sleep with perfectly normal blood pressure, an unremarkable 120/80. The next day, I woke up in a blood pressure danger zone. What happened? My blood pressure didn't spike overnight; instead, government officials issued revised blood pressure guidelines that included

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  10. Millions Wasted on Blood Pressure Drugs

    Sept. 8, 2003 -- Americans may be wasting up to a billion dollars a year by choosing newer, more expensive high blood pressure medications over older and cheaper drugs. That was the finding from an international cost analysis, which calculated the potential annual savings of treating patients with w

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