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

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 checked again. In fact, just slightly more than 2 percent of the children had sustained high blood pressure over time, the researchers found. The study included data from more than 755,000 Kaiser Permanente patients, aged 3 to 17, in Southern California. "Pediatricians don't diagnose hypertension in children very often, but if it is there, we want to find it," said study author Dr. Robert James Riewerts, regional chief of pediatrics for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. "This study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Get a Cholesterol Test?

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty blood substance that your body needs to keep cells healthy. It's produced by your liver and also is found in animal-based foods. There are two kinds of cholesterol: "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Too much "bad" cholesterol can clog your arteries and raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. Your doctor may order a cholesterol test as a part of a routine exam or if you have at least one of these risk factors: High blood pressure. Type 2 diabetes. Tobacco use. Overweight. Insufficient exercise. A diet high in saturated fat. Read more

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Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line?

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research. The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end of normal) and moderate to severe gum disease. Half received intensive treatment for gum disease, and half received standard treatment. Standard treatment included basic oral hygiene instructions and teeth cleaning with plaque removal above the gum line. Intensive treatment included standard treatment as well as cleaning down to the roots of teeth, antibiotic treatment and removal of teeth, if necessary. One month after their gum disease treatment, systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) was 3 points lower in the intensive treatment group than in the standard treatment group. There was no ... Read more

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Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span. But new research suggests that up-and-down shifts in blood pressure may be equally hazardous to your health. "The takeaway from the study is, if you allow your blood pressure to be uncontrolled for any period of time, or notice big changes in your blood pressure between doctor visits, you increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney or heart failure or even death," said study author Dr. Brian Clements. He's an internal medicine specialist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. One cardiologist who reviewed the findings wasn't surprised. "Swings in blood pressure cause more stress to the arteries of the heart and brain than a consistent blood pressure," said Dr. Satjit Bhusri, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said the study ... Read more

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Definition of High Blood Pressure Drops

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines issued Monday by the nation's top heart health organizations. The new guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 high blood pressure to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90, according to a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Further, the guidelines also call for more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure, asking doctors and patients to set 130/80 as the new goal of therapy. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. But the guidelines also press for more judicious treatment of high blood pressure – sometimes called hypertension – and an emphasis on lifestyle risk factors. Prescriptions for blood pressure drugs are not expected to leap under the ... Read more

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Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found. "It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes have an elevated risk of mortality and that this is mainly explained by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death," said the study's lead author Jesper Svane, a medical student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Sudden cardiac death is caused by malfunctions in the heart's electrical system. It often occurs without warning, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. James Catanese, chief of cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said he wasn't surprised ... Read more

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Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Millions of Americans fight a daily battle with high blood pressure, which can greatly increase their odds for stroke and other heart events. What's the best dietary strategy to lower those blood pressure numbers? One key factor that's long been linked to blood pressure is salt (sodium) intake. In the new study, 412 people with high blood pressure (or in danger of high blood pressure) were assigned to one of three daily salt-intake regimens. ... Read more

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Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little bit of weight and have reduced inflammation. Those changes could be helpful in preventing or improving type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. "Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. Rye seems to have the best effect," said study senior author Tine Rask Licht. She's a professor of intestinal microbial ecology at the Technical University of Denmark. But the study also had some surprising results. Eating a diet full of whole grains didn't appear to improve insulin sensitivity, nor did it seem to change the gut's ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Healthy Blood Pressure?

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is fundamental to overall health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems. But what's healthy? The American Heart Association offers this chart of healthy and unhealthy ranges: Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm Hg (upper #)   Diastolic mm Hg (lower #) Normal less than 120 and less than 80 Prehypertension 120 – 139 or 80 – 89 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 140 – 159 or 90 – 99 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 160 or higher or 100 or higher Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed) Higher than 180 or Higher than 110 If your blood pressure is higher than 180/110 mm Hg and you ARE having symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, changes in vision or difficulty speaking, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are NOT having any of these symptoms, wai ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get to Know Your Pharmacist

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your pharmacist may be the health professional that you see more than any other. It's important to get to know that person, since a pharmacist can support your health in many ways. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions some examples: Discussing your medication --Pharmacists know all about medication side effects, and the best ways to use medicines. Identifying generic alternatives – Pharmacists can suggest generic alternatives to more expensive prescription drugs. Discussing medicine safety --Your pharmacist can offer advice on which over-the-counter medicines are safe to use in combination with prescription meds. Managing health issues --For example, you may be able to check your blood pressure at the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist about the risks of high blood pressure. He or she may direct you to medical care, if needed. Read more

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Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing salt intake is very important for health. "We find that the enjoyment of spicy foods significantly reduced individual salt preference, daily salt intake and blood pressure," he added. Zhu is director of Daping Hospital's Center for Hypertension and Metabolic Diseases at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing. The research team conducted a mouse study alongside a human trial of more than 600 Chinese adults. Both correlated blood pressure levels with intake of spicy and salty dishes. Foods ... Read more

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Kids' High Blood Pressure Often Overlooked

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – One in every 30 children in the United States has high blood pressure. Now, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics may help doctors screen children 3 years and older for the condition. "We are seeing it at far younger ages than we used to," said Dr. Thomas Dispenza, a cardiologist with Penn State Children's Heart Group. "As obesity rates have risen, we have also seen more complications from it." But "detection rates are shockingly low. Three-quarters of cases are overlooked, and that's a real problem," Dispenza said in a Penn State Health news release. Children with high blood pressure can develop the same long-term health problems as adults. "It can set kids up for strokes later in life by damaging the blood vessels," Dispenza said. The guidelines encourage doctors to check blood pressure at every well-child visit. For better accuracy, medical ... Read more

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Stroke Risk Factors Are Rising

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – While progress is being made in reducing the number of stroke deaths, it seems that more people who experience these brain attacks have significant stroke risk factors, a new study reveals. The rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, smoking and drug abuse have all been on the rise in stroke patients over recent years, the study authors said. The study included over 900,000 people hospitalized for stroke between 2004 and 2014. Each year, prevalence of high blood pressure went up by 1 percent, diabetes rose by 2 percent, high cholesterol went up by 7 percent, smoking increased by 5 percent, and drug abuse jumped 7 percent, the researchers found. "The risk of dying from a stroke has declined significantly, while at the same time the risk factors are increasing," said researcher Dr. Ralph Sacco. He's a professor of neurology at the ... Read more

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Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers. "Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms," said study researcher Jari Laukkanen, a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues. In the sauna, your body temperature rises, widening the blood vessels. Over time, this appears to improve the function of the inside layer of blood vessels, the researchers explained. Sauna baths also remove fluid from the body through sweating, and relax the body and mind, the researchers added. The research team used data from follow-up on the men over ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests. That increased risk could run as high as 73 percent, the researchers reported, but the same did not hold true for men. These new findings suggest that high blood pressure can start playing a role in brain health even earlier than previously thought, said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland. Prior studies have linked high blood pressure with dementia, but "it wasn't clear if hypertension before one's 50s was a risk factor," Gilsanz said. A healthy circulatory system is key to a health brain, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association. "The brain is a very metabolically active organ in the ... Read more

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