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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. A Little Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

    Aug. 29, 2003 -- As little as an hour of exercise a week may be enough to help lower blood pressure -- a lot. Researchers say the findings suggest that the amount of exercise required to lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure may be much lower than the current recommendations. The c

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  4. Unfair Bosses Raise Blood Pressure

    June 25, 2003 - Having an unfair boss not only makes workers' blood boil, it may also cause dangerous spikes in their blood pressure. A new study shows that bosses who are considered unreasonable by their employees create additional workplace stress and could contribute to a higher risk of heart att

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  5. Home Blood Pressure Readings Reveal Risk

    June 11, 2003 -- For people with high blood pressure, the blood pressure readings taken during routine daily activities may reveal more about their risk of heart attack and stroke than the ones taken at the doctor's office. A new study suggests that 24-hour blood pressure readings taken while people

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  6. Veggies Ward Off Big Mac's Attack

    May 21, 2003 -- Eating a lot of heart-healthy foods keeps your arteries in fighting trim. Trim enough to fight off the effects of a fast food meal, a new study suggests. Earlier work by University of Maryland researcher Gary D. Plotnick, MD, and colleagues showed that eating a high-fat meal puts a w

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  7. Older Hypertension Medications Best

    -->May 20, 2003 -- Another major study has found that the oldest and cheapest hypertension medications work better than newer and pricier hypertension medications. In a review of more than 40 trials involving almost 200,000 people, low-dose diuretics consistently performed as well as or better than

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  8. DASH Diet Works Like Hypertension Drug

    May 19, 2003 -- The DASH diet lowers blood pressure. Now researchers know why -- and the findings could help you cut down on hypertension drugs. New blood pressure guidelines show that hypertension is a problem for tens of millions of Americans. And a huge clinical trial recently showed that nearly

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  9. High Blood Pressure: Seeing Is Believing

    May 16, 2003 -- Seeing blood pressure levels fall or remain steady on a daily basis may be just the motivation women need to keep their high blood pressure under control. A new study shows the act of taking their own blood pressure at home every day can help women with hypertension take their medica

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  10. Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate?

    May 16, 2003 (New York) -- As many as one in three people who use home blood pressure monitors to keep tabs on their high blood pressure may be getting inaccurate readings from their devices. A new study shows that up to 35% of home blood pressure monitors provided readings that were considered unac

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