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    1. Nearly 30% of Americans Have High Blood Pressure

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of Americans reporting they have high blood pressure rose nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2009, federal health officials said Thursday. High blood pressure -- or hypertension, a major risk factor for heart dise

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    2. Most Adults Get Too Much Salt, Study Finds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of adults worldwide, including many Americans, consume nearly twice the daily recommended amount of salt, according to a new study. The World Health Organization recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,000 mi

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    3. Energy Drinks Linked to Changes in Heart Rhythm

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks boost blood pressure and may make the heart more susceptible to electrical short circuits, new research suggests. But it's not clear how much of this effect on blood pressure has to do with caffeine, which also

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    4. Vitamin D Supplements Lower African-Americans' BP?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more

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    5. Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years, according to a new study. Excess salt, the primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the l

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    6. Blood Pressure Drugs May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

      Jan. 7, 2013 -- Can commonly prescribed blood pressure pills help reduce the risk of developing dementia? Maybe, according to a new study of 774 elderly Japanese-American men. While it’s well known that high blood pressure in midlife raises a person’s risk for developing thinking and memory problems

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    7. New Procedure May Aid Stubborn High Blood Pressure

      Dec. 18, 2012 -- People who can’t get their high blood pressure down with drugs may be helped by a new procedure that deactivates overactive nerves in the kidneys, a small study shows. The procedure is already available in Europe and other countries. It’s being tested in the U.S. It’s meant to treat

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    8. Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

      Dec. 14, 2012 -- Drinking a glass of beet juice may have an immediate impact on lowering blood pressure, according to a new study. The study shows that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by an average of 4-5 points amo

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    9. Elevated BP May Prematurely Age the Brain

      Nov. 1, 2012 -- Having even mildly elevated blood pressure at midlife prematurely ages the brain, a new study shows. Researchers say the early changes seen with higher blood pressure may set the stage for problems with thinking, memory, and dementia down the road. “This is an important finding,” say

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    10. Oil Blend, Yogurt Help Blood Pressure

      Sept. 19, 2012 -- A blend of sesame and rice bran oil, or making low-fat yogurt a small part of your diet, may help your blood pressure and boost heart health, according to two new studies. The first study showed a sesame and rice bran oil blend reduced blood pressure almost as well as a commonly us

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