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Three-in-One Pill Shows Promise in Beating High Blood Pressure

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people's chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report. The pill contains low doses of the three medications – telmisartan, amlodipine and chlorthalidone. The finding stems from a study of 700 people, who averaged 56 years old. All had high blood pressure. Among those who took the ...

Great Recession of 2008 Triggered More Than Financial Woes

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – The economic downturn of a decade ago did more than shrink retirement portfolios: New research shows it also took a toll on people's health. For instance, blood pressure and blood sugar levels went up. The study found that after the recession, people younger than 65 who were taking blood pressure medication had higher readings for systolic blood pressure (the top number) ...

Barbershop Pharmacists: A Good Rx for High Blood Pressure

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – A trip to the barbershop could hold the key to not only looking good, but also feeling good. A new study finds that having pharmacists deliver blood pressure care in neighborhood barbershops resulted in lower blood pressure readings for many black men. The study included 319 black men with high blood pressure who frequented 52 barbershops in the Los Angeles area. Barbers ...

Blood Pressure Check? There May Soon Be an App for That

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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – Someday soon, a simple touch of a finger to a smartphone case might be enough to provide instant, accurate blood pressure readings. That's the promise of new technology detailed by developers in the March 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Researchers say they've invented a special phone case, using high-tech 3-D printing, that contains an embedded optical ...

Don't Count on Healthy Foods to Blunt Salt's Harm

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – An otherwise healthy diet isn't going to offset damage to your heart from too much salt, a new study suggests. "Our latest findings show that the adverse relation of salt intake to blood pressure is not counteracted or reduced by other nutrients consumed, including about 80 that we assessed," said researcher Queenie Chan. And since most dietary sodium comes from processed ...

What Younger Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Heart disease used to be thought of as a man's issue, but women are unfortunately catching up. And though it's still also thought of as an older person's disease, lifestyle factors in your younger years can make you more susceptible. So it's never too soon to protect heart health. Young women in particular aren't always aware of their possible heart disease risks. Ask ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection by Hospira: Recall - Potential For Cracked Glass At Rim Surface Of Vials

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ISSUE: Hospira is voluntarily recalling 3 lots of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL Vial (NDC 0409-2267-20), and one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, Novaplus (NDC 0409-2267-25) to the hospital/institution level. Hospira, Inc. initiated this recall due to the discovery of cracks on the rim surface of vials for these lots, which is covered by the stopper and crimp ...

Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

Posted 19 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a younger age, according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "The added benefit of such screenings is that early efforts to ...

Impotence Among Heart Patients Not the Fault of Meds, Study Finds

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Worried that the drugs you're taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction? That's not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a blood pressure-lowering medication, or both. The statin the men took was Crestor (rosuvastatin), and ...

Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure May Mean Similar Trouble After Delivery

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MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Many women who develop severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy have undetected high blood pressure in the year after they give birth, a Dutch study contends. Pre-eclampsia, which is the development of high blood pressure and elevated protein in the urine during pregnancy, occurs in 3 to 5 percent of pregnancies in developed nations. Left untreated, it can pose serious ...

How to Protect Against Heart Disease

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SUNDAY, Feb. 4, 2018 – Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself, a cardiologist says. "Heart disease kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, but many of these conditions are preventable," said researcher Dr. David Slotwiner, chief of the division of cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. ...

Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two ...

Pill Combo May Do More to Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – A special combination of cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering pills may be best at cutting the odds of stroke for people at high risk, new research shows. Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk for heart disease, researchers found. The combination worked ...

Don't Rely on Just One Blood Pressure Test for Kids: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – It's important to take a second blood pressure reading if your child's first reading points to high blood pressure, researchers say. They found that nearly 25 percent of children and teens who had their blood pressure checked by their primary care doctor had readings in the high range, but less than half of those readings were confirmed when their blood pressure was ...

Health Tip: Maintain Brain Health

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

-- A healthy brain is necessary for a longer and fuller life. But increasing rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are threats to maintaining a healthy brain, the American Heart Association warns. In the United States, one of every three adults, or 75 million people, has high blood pressure, the heart association says. Of those, more than half have uncontrolled blood pressure. The ...

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