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A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults

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MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – Consuming a "modest" amount of salt might not harm older adults, but any more than that can damage health, a new study finds. The study of adults aged 71 to 80 found that daily consumption of 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt – the equivalent of a teaspoon – didn't increase deaths, heart disease, stroke or heart failure over 10 years. However, salt intake above 2,300 mg – which is higher than heart experts currently recommend – might increase the risk for early death and other ailments, researchers said. "The rate of salt intake in our study was modest," said lead researcher Dr. Andreas Kalogeropoulos, an assistant professor of cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta. The findings shouldn't be considered a license to use the salt shaker indiscriminately. The researchers did not compare high salt intake with low intake. "The question isn't whether you should ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Boost Glaucoma Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Long-term high blood pressure may increase the risk of the eye disease glaucoma, according to a new study. The researchers said their findings suggest that doctors should consider a patient's blood pressure when managing glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Glaucoma occurs when excessive pressure inside the eye pushes back against blood trying to enter the eye. It had been thought that because high blood pressure (hypertension) ensures that blood can enter the eye, it could counteract the high eye pressure that causes glaucoma. However, this study of short-term (one hour) and long-term (four weeks) high blood pressure in rats with elevated eye pressure found that long-term high blood pressure actually increases the risk of glaucoma. The study was published recently in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. "When we ... Read more

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BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 – Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts. In cans, BPA is used as a lining, the researchers said. "We found that drinking two canned beverages increased systolic blood pressure by 5 mm Hg," said lead researcher Dr. Yun-Chul Hong, director of the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. Putting that in perspective, he said a 20 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure doubles the risk for heart disease. The systolic blood pressure number is always the first of two numbers ... Read more

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More Americans Controlling Their High Blood Pressure

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 – A growing number of Americans with high blood pressure are keeping their condition under control, a new U.S. government study reports. Researchers examined national data on more than 9,200 people with high blood pressure – a reading of at least 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) – who were surveyed between 2003 and 2012. The results showed that the number of people who achieved optimal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mm Hg) rose from 13 percent to 27 percent in that time frame. And the percentage who achieved pre-hypertensive levels of blood pressure (between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg) rose from 19 percent to 33 percent. The findings were to be presented Sunday at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in Chicago and were published simultaneously in the AHA journal Hypertension. "This is definitely good news," according to Sung Sug Yoon ... Read more

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Many Docs Fail to Counsel Young Adults With High Blood Pressure

Posted 10 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 – Only one in two young American adults with high blood pressure gets advice from a doctor on lifestyle changes, a new study finds. Lifestyle changes are critical to helping young adults control their blood pressure, and they cover areas such as exercise, weight loss and healthy eating, the researchers said. Among Americans aged 18 to 39, an estimated 9 percent of men and 7 percent of women have high blood pressure. Of those, nearly 60 percent are not good at controlling their blood pressure, the study authors added. In this study, the investigators looked at lifestyle counseling rates among 500 young adults with high blood pressure being treated at a large Midwestern academic practice. Only 55 percent of the patients received lifestyle education within one year of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, the study found. The most common topic was exercise, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted 29 Oct 2014 by

-- Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose foods that are low in sodium and fats. Maintain a healthy body weight. See your doctor for regular checkups. Read more

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Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark

Posted 28 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 – A small new study raises more questions about the accuracy of home blood-pressure monitoring devices. On average, researchers found, the readings were slightly inaccurate in up to 15 percent of patients. The readings were off by more than 10 mm Hg – a potentially significant difference in a blood pressure reading – in about 8 percent of cases. There's no way to know whether the inaccuracies are likely to mislead patients into seeking care when they don't need it or not getting care when it's required. It's also not known if physicians would be able to detect that something is wrong with the readings because they're different from those derived from more accurate machines at the doctor's office. Still, the findings add to previous research suggesting that the in-home devices aren't perfect. "Home blood pressure machines should be tested against a reliable ... Read more

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Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

Posted 21 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 – Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study. But binge drinking didn't cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank lightly or moderately, their risk of high blood pressure was cut in half, the study found. "This finding parallels studies in older adult men and women," said lead researcher Dr. Sarah Twichell, a clinical fellow in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. In older adult men, she said, the more alcohol they consume, the more their risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) increases. Although this study found a connection between heavy alcohol consumption and an increased risk of high blood pressure in young adults, the study did not prove alcohol was the direct cause of higher blood pressure. For ... Read more

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Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked between 1999 and 2012. Those who saw their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less. Even after controlling for factors such as diabetes, smoking and body fat, doctor visits were the strongest predictor of blood pressure control. Having health insurance and being treated for high cholesterol also improved the chances of keeping blood pressure in check, according to the study published Oct. 20 in the journal Circulation. The researchers ... Read more

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Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds. Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 percent of people with high blood pressure or those picking up oral contraceptive bought cigarettes, the researchers found. "While smoking itself can cause many health problems, it can worsen certain conditions and have other effects on medications," said lead researcher Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For example, smoking can worsen respiratory conditions and can increase blood pressure, the researchers wrote. Smoking can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in oral contraceptives users, Gagne said. In ... Read more

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Psoriasis Tied to Raised Risk of Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – People with more severe cases of psoriasis may be at increased risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure, a large study finds. Researchers looking at over 13,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that those with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled blood pressure, versus people without the skin condition. The findings, reported online Oct. 15 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, confirm an association between psoriasis and cardiovascular health. But the precise reasons are not clear, and a cause-and-effect link was not proven. "We still don't fully understand why we see a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in people with psoriasis," said study leader Dr. Junko Takeshita, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. But, Takeshita said, chronic inflammation could be a common ... Read more

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Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Living close to a major highway may raise your risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Among more than 5,000 postmenopausal women, those who lived within 109 yards of a busy road had a 22 percent greater risk of developing high blood pressure than women living at least half a mile away, researchers report. "The results of this study highlight the importance of our physical environment on our health and well-being," said lead researcher Gregory Wellenius, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University School of Public Health, in Providence, R.I. Wellenius cautioned that this study does not prove living near a highway causes high blood pressure, but only shows an association between the two. However, since most Americans live in urban areas, understanding the link between where people live and their health is vital, he said. ... Read more

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Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: Study

Posted 19 Sep 2014 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 – A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn't produce those benefits, the researchers found. For the study, investigators followed nearly 8,500 participants of a completed diabetes trial. Some participants had had their blood pressure and blood sugar levels strictly controlled, while others had received standard care. The researchers wanted to assess the long-term effects of the intensive control, which ended when the trial concluded. "One of the points of doing this study was to see if lowering blood sugar for five years might, down the track, translate into protection against stroke and heart attack – it didn't," said researcher Dr. Bruce Neal, a professor of medicine at the University of Sydney ... Read more

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

Posted 17 Sep 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia – even late in life, according to new research. The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50 percent. The study noted that obesity and an inactive lifestyle are key risk factors for diabetes as well as high blood pressure. The researchers suggested that dementia should be included in national public health prevention and detection programs along with other major non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. They pointed out that it's never too late in life to make healthy lifestyle changes. "While age and genetics are part of the disease's risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Seems to Stay Lower Longer in Fitter Men

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – Aerobic exercise leading to strong heart fitness can delay a man's onset of age-related high blood pressure by nearly a decade, a new study suggests. Blood pressure naturally increases as people grow older and their arteries become stiffer with age. But men with strong cardio-fitness don't start drifting toward high blood pressure until their mid-50s. On the other hand, largely sedentary men usually experience the early signs of high blood pressure in their mid-40s, researchers report in the Sept. 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "A higher level of fitness can significantly delay this natural increase of blood pressure with age," said study co-author Dr. Xuemei Sui, an assistant professor in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health. "For those with a high level of ... Read more

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