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Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

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MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Fluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster declines in thinking skills among seniors, a new study suggests. Among older patients, those whose systolic blood pressure – the top number in a blood pressure reading – varied between doctor's visits showed more rapid mental deterioration and loss of verbal memory than those whose blood pressure stayed within normal ranges, researchers found. Variability in the bottom number – diastolic blood pressure – was also associated with faster decline of mental ability among those aged 55 to 64, but not among people aged 65 and older, the study authors added. "The relevance of blood pressure variability between doctor's visits has been dismissed until recently," said study author Bo Qin, a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers Cancer Institute, in New Brunswick, N.J. "However, over the past six years, evidence has ... Read more

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Could 'Star Trek'-Like 'Tricorder' for Health Be Near?

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MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – "Beam us up, Scotty!" U.S. researchers say they've developed a small, wearable health monitor they're likening to the "Star Trek" tricorder. The flexible Chem-Phys patch can be worn on the chest and tracks biochemical and electrical signals in the human body. It then communicates all that wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or smartwatch, said a team of engineers from the University of California, San Diego. The device also provides real-time data on electrocardiogram (EKG) heart signals, plus levels of lactate, a biochemical that helps chart physical effort, the team said. "One of the overarching goals of our research is to build a wearable tricorder-like device that can measure simultaneously a whole suite of chemical, physical and electrophysiological signals continuously throughout the day," said project co-leader Patrick Mercier, an electrical engineering ... Read more

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Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

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FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – A controversial new study contends that a low-salt diet could be dangerous for your heart health. Restricting dietary salt to below 3,000 milligrams a day appears to increase the risk for heart disease similar to that of high blood pressure patients who eat too much salt, said lead researcher Andrew Mente. "Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium [salt] is optimal for health," said Mente, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada. The American Heart Association is highly critical of Mente's study. The AHA says the study relies on incorrect estimates of sodium intake, and should not lead anyone to relax concerns over excess salt in the average U.S. diet. "This is an extremely flawed analysis that doesn't provide new information, and it should not be used to guide public policy," said ... Read more

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Elderly Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment

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FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – Intensive treatment of high blood pressure reduces older adults' risk of heart disease without increasing their risk of falls or other complications, a new study shows. "These findings have substantial implications for the future of high blood pressure therapy in older adults because of its high prevalence in this age group, and because of the devastating consequences high blood pressure complications can have on the independent function of older people," said study author Dr. Jeff Williamson. He is a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. These new results come from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The study included more than 2,600 patients, aged 75 and older. They were randomly assigned to one of two groups: either an intensive ... Read more

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Could Spuds Be Bad for Blood Pressure?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Potatoes are a popular staple of the American diet, but eating too many – whether boiled, baked, mashed or fried – may raise the risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Consuming four or more servings of potatoes a week was linked with an increased risk for high blood pressure – 11 percent for baked, boiled or mashed and 17 percent for fried – compared with eating less than one serving a month. Surprisingly, potato chips didn't appear to increase the risk, the Harvard researchers reported. "We hope that our study continues the conversation about potatoes and the risk of hypertension and other diseases," said lead researcher Dr. Lea Borgi, of the renal division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. But one dietitian not involved with the study suggested the blame shouldn't rest with potatoes, but with the add-ons people put on their spuds – ... Read more

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Joe Montana Scoring Points Against Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – After retiring from a long and illustrious pro football career that included four Super Bowl championships, quarterback Joe Montana abandoned his decades-long habit of daily exercise. And it was just a few years later when the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with two major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That news, coupled with a family history of heart disease – which claimed a grandfather and two uncles before age 55 – jolted Montana to realize that his physical prowess on the gridiron couldn't protect him from heart disease. Montana knew he had to change course and once again become physically fit. Now 59, the three-time Super Bowl MVP counteracts his family history of heart disease – America's leading killer – by biking frequently with his wife and grown children, and limiting salty foods and red meat. "I didn't ... Read more

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Wearable Monitor Helps Spot 'Masked' High Blood Pressure

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MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Constant blood pressure monitoring could help doctors spot black people with "masked," or undetected, high blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Masked" high blood pressure can be difficult to diagnose. People with masked high blood pressure may have normal blood pressure in their doctor's office, but then intermittently develop high blood pressure at other times. Wearing a blood pressure-monitoring device that measures blood pressure around-the-clock could help identify undetected high blood pressure, the researchers said. In ambulatory monitoring, a small blood pressure cuff is worn around the arm. This cuff is connected to a device worn on the hip. Blood pressure readings are provided during routine normal activities, including sleep, over the course of 24 hours, the study authors explained. Researchers used the device to screen 317 black people at high risk ... Read more

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More Support for Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment for Elderly

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SATURDAY, May 14, 2016 – People who get their high blood pressure down to normal levels may substantially cut their risk of heart disease – even if they're elderly or have already had heart problems, new research suggests. The study results, from a major clinical trial called SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial), add to evidence that aggressively treating high blood pressure in older adults can pay off. Specifically, experts said, the benefits appear to extend to elderly and less-healthy patients. That might sound obvious. But for years there has been "major controversy" over whether such intensive treatment is even safe for older people, explained Dr. Dalane Kitzman, a cardiologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Kitzman is one of the researchers who will present the latest SPRINT findings Saturday at the annual meeting of the American ... Read more

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Booze, High Blood Pressure a Dangerous Mix

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FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Even an ounce of alcohol a day might alter heart function if you have high blood pressure, researchers report. For someone with high blood pressure, drinking – even in small amounts – can impair functioning of the lower left chamber of the heart, which pumps blood to the rest of the body, according to a new study from Italy. "Because even moderate alcohol consumption increases occurrence of early functional cardiac changes in patients with [high blood pressure], reduction of use of alcoholic beverages might be beneficial for prevention of cardiac complications in these patients," said lead researcher Dr. Leonardo Sechi. How this heart damage occurs isn't known, and the study doesn't establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Additional studies in which alcohol consumption is reduced or eliminated will be needed to confirm the findings, said Sechi, who ... Read more

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Stroke Hospitalization Down for Many in U.S.

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WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While Americans suffered fewer strokes overall from 2000 to 2010, stroke rates climbed substantially among younger adults and blacks, a new study found. Hospitalizations for strokes caused by artery blockages dropped 18.4 percent overall during the decade, with greater decreases among the elderly, University of Southern California researchers found. Within the overall decrease, however, some groups saw an increase in hospitalizations as the burden of stroke shifted to younger adults. For example, although stroke hospitalizations dropped 50 percent for people 65 and older, they increased nearly 49 percent among 25- to 64 year-olds. Stroke hospitalizations also varied by race – up almost 14 percent among blacks. Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, N.Y., said, "There are things we can do to help prevent strokes." ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Patterns May Predict Stroke Risk

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MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – Instead of relying on individual blood pressure readings, doctors should review the overall pattern to predict a patient's risk of stroke or early death, new research suggests. "Our study suggests that looking at someone's blood pressure over time and whether it increases slowly or steeply may provide additional information above only the level of blood pressure at a certain time," said researcher Dr. Marileen Portegies. She is with the department of epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. But, most studies assessing risk have looked only at measurements taken at a single point in time, the researchers said in background notes. For this new study, Portegies and her colleagues collected 20 years of data on the systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it can be deadly, and affected people may not know they have it. To help prevent high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled if you have diabetes, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Taking your meds for diabetes, blood pressure and other chronic health conditions exactly as prescribed. Discussing with your doctor any health issues that may contribute to high blood pressure. Read more

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Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Pharmacists may do a better job than doctors helping chronically ill patients manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels if they're allowed to direct people's health care, a new evidence review suggests. The review also found that pharmacists could manage chronic diseases with about the same efficiency as doctors. However, current evidence doesn't show whether pharmacists can actually improve a patient's overall health if they take over someone's care from a doctor, said study senior author Dr. Timothy Wilt. He's a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a staff physician at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Wilt and his colleagues also couldn't show whether having a pharmacist manage your care can help you live longer or reduce symptoms caused by chronic ailments such as heart disease or diabetes. ... Read more

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After Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes, Healthy Diet May Ease Blood Pressure

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet, researchers report. Their study included almost 4,000 women. All of the women had a history of pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes. That's a known risk factor for high blood pressure later in life, the researchers said. During 22 years of follow-up, more than 1,000 women developed high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, according to the researchers. Women who maintained a healthy diet were 20 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not. The study authors said increased body fat was 20 percent to 30 percent responsible for the link between poorer eating habits and increased risk of high blood pressure. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, ... Read more

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What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as a condition called dry eye, which is more common after menopause. Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, puffy eyelids and refractive changes that may show up as blurred or double vision. Pregnant women's vision may also be affected by migraine headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Prevent Blindness. The organization also warns that some glaucoma medications may harm a fetus, and advises pregnant women to ... Read more

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