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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Lead associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy

Posted August 14, 2009

A French study reports that higher lead levels measured in women halfway through their pregnancy are associated with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. A recent study links higher blood lead levels with high blood pressure in pregnant women, suggesting that lead exposure may increase the risk of developing hypertension during pregnancy.

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Reducing Salt Intake May Reduce Blood Pressure in 3 Ethnic Groups

Posted August 1, 2009

Modestly reducing salt intake is associated with significant decreases in blood pressure in blacks, Asians and whites, according to the results of a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial reported online in the July 20 issue of Hypertension. Most previous trials were in whites, with few in blacks and Asians.

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Omega-3 may improve blood pressure during weight loss

Posted June 5, 2009

Consumption of fatty fish like salmon, or fish oil supplements, may reduce blood pressure during an energy-restricted diet, suggests a pan-European study. The blood pressure reducing benefits of salmon and fish oil were especially noticeable in people with initially low levels of docosahexanoic acid (DHA) in their cell membranes.

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Magnesium may benefit blood pressure in hypertensives

Posted May 26, 2009

Supplemental magnesium may reduce blood pressure people with high blood pressure, but seemingly normal magnesium levels, says a new study from Korea. On the other hand, the supplements had no effect on the blood pressure measurements of normo-tensive individuals, according to findings published online in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

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Valio debuts cholesterol and blood pressure lowering spread

Posted May 23, 2009

Finnish dairy Valio has launched what it says is a world-first margarine product with both cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure benefits and coincides with Valio-funded research published recently in a peer-review journal on a similar product.

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Women Who Follow Blood Pressure-Lowering Diet Have Reduced Risk For Heart Failure

Posted May 15, 2009

A diet designed to prevent and treat high blood pressure also may be associated with a lower risk of heart failure among women, according to a report in the May 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Mediterranean diet may lower blood pressure: Study

Posted May 14, 2009

Following a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in olive oil and fruit and vegetables, may improve vascular health and reduce the risk of hypertension, says a new study. According to findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet rich in olive oil, and fruit and vegetables was associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of hypertension.

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Genes Yield Clues to High Blood Pressure

Posted May 14, 2009

Two major international studies have identified what researchers describe as a treasure trove of genes linked to high blood pressure. “In one fell swoop, to find so many genes related to blood pressure is one great opportunity,” said the lead author of one of the studies, Dr. Christopher Newton-Cheh, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. His team analyzed genetic data from 130,000 individuals collected at 93 centers across the United States and Europe.

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Telling Heartburn From Heart Attack Can Be Tricky

Posted May 9, 2009

It begins as a sharp, burning sensation in the chest, near the breastbone or ribs. But is the pain heartburn, or might it be a heart attack? “It’s often difficult for people to tell the difference,” said Dr. Ravi Dave, a cardiologist and associate clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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New Light Shed On Enigma Of Salt Intake And Hypertension

Posted May 8, 2009

High salt intake is generally linked to cardiovascular disease risk. But salt-sensitive hypertension still remains an enigma. Now, investigators from Germany at the University of Erlangen, collaborating with researchers from Finland and Austria have shed new light on the relationship between salt intake, bodily processes, and blood pressure regulation.

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