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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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