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AHA: Barbershops Help Trim High Blood Pressure Numbers for Black Men

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MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Barbershops in the African-American community could help men reduce and control their blood pressure, according to a new study. The research showed long-term reductions in blood pressure among customers who met periodically with pharmacists at 52 Los Angeles County barbershops. Published Dec. 17 in the American Heart Association journal ...

AHA: Barbershops Help Trim High Blood Pressure Numbers for Black Men

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MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Barbershops in the African-American community could help men reduce and control their blood pressure, according to a new study. The research showed long-term reductions in blood pressure among customers who met periodically with pharmacists at 52 Los Angeles County barbershops. Published Dec. 17 in the American Heart Association journal ...

AHA: The Eyes Have It for High Blood Pressure Clues

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THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Dr. William White shines a bright light in his patient's eye, he's looking for more than just vision problems. He's searching for clues indicating the effects of high blood pressure, or hypertension, and what he finds could help prevent heart attacks, strokes and other serious health problems far beyond the eye. "We can see changes due ...

AHA: Sleep Apnea May Double Odds for High Blood Pressure in Blacks

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MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Black adults with high blood pressure that defies standard prescription treatments might want to get screened for sleep apnea, new research suggests. Moderate or severe sleep apnea – in which a person can experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times an hour or more – was associated with more than twice the odds of having resistant ...

More Blood Pressure Meds Recalled Due to Carcinogen

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FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 – Over the past few months, numerous recalls of the popular heart drug valsartan have already occurred. Now, generics maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals is adding more products to the list. The recall involves 104 lots of three medicines: valsartan tablets; combination tablets with the drugs valsartan and amlodipine; and combination tablets with valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. ...

Few Americans Have Optimal 'Metabolic Health'

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TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Only about one in eight American adults has what is known as good metabolic health, a new study finds. This is an "alarmingly low" rate, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Good metabolic health means having ideal measures of five factors without taking medications: blood sugar; triglycerides; good cholesterol (high-density ...

AHA: Blood Pressure Guidelines, One Year Later: Monitoring the Change

Posted 27 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Tim Landis was a healthy 66-year-old who hiked, biked and jogged, wasn't overweight and watched what he ate. But after he died suddenly of a heart attack in January, tests revealed years of untreated high blood pressure that caused cardiovascular disease. At his annual physicals, Tim's systolic blood pressure (the top number) was usually in ...

Smoking Bans Might Help Nonsmokers' Blood Pressure

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – Smoking bans in public places might protect more than the lungs of nonsmokers, with new research suggesting a beneficial effect on blood pressure. "We found that nonsmoking adults in the study who lived in areas with smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars or workplaces had lower systolic [top number] blood pressure by the end of the follow-up period compared to those who ...

Must Blood Pressure Rise Wth Age? Remote Tribes Hold Clues

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – Contrary to common belief, blood pressure doesn't have to rise as you age, a study of two remote South American tribes suggests. Looking at the isolated Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan rainforest, researchers found their blood pressure remained low from youth to age 60. That's probably because as hunter-gatherer-gardeners, they don't eat the processed and salted foods ...

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Tied to Earlier Strokes

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000 young American adults, having high blood pressure was linked to as much as a 3.5 times higher risk of heart disease and stroke. The second study looked at nearly 2.5 million ...

AHA: What's the Blood Pressure Connection to Alzheimer's Disease?

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THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Look after your heart to be kind to the mind. That's the primary message emerging from research into Alzheimer's, a disease of the brain that appears to be deeply driven by what happens to the heart and blood vessels. The link between high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease has been a particular focus of recent studies. "High blood ...

Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home? New Guidelines Set Healthy Readings

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – When you're taking your blood pressure at home, a reading of 130 over 80 or above should be considered high, researchers report. A reading of 120 over 80 is considered in the normal range. "Most guidelines have recommended out-of-office monitoring for diagnosis of hypertension, but the normal limits of home blood pressure have not been accurately determined in the U.S. ...

Uncontrolled Blood Pressure? Maybe It's Time to Check Your Shins

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – If you're on multiple medications and your high blood pressure is still not under control, you might want to ask your doctor to check the lead levels in your shin bones. Researchers found a link between the two, and they noted that standard blood tests didn't spot rising lead levels while the shin bone test did. "Laws limiting lead exposure have been on the books for ...

Gum Disease May Worsen Blood Pressure Problems

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – Gum disease may interfere with high blood pressure control, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people diagnosed with high blood pressure. Compared to people with good oral health, those with gum disease were less likely to respond to high blood pressure medications and 20 percent less likely to achieve healthy blood ...

AHA: The Study and Town That Changed the Health of a Generation

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It's been 70 years since a small, middle-class community 23 miles west of Boston became the linchpin in helping to solve the mysteries of heart disease. Smoking. Cholesterol. Blood pressure. Obesity. It's common knowledge today that these all can lead to heart trouble. But in the 1940s, with one in two deaths caused by cardiovascular ...

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