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How music helps the heart find its beat

How music helps the heart find its beat

“Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation,” wrote scientist Oliver Sacks. Medical research lends credibility to his observation, as classical music is known to lower heart rate and blood pressure. However, a new study shows that a little “mediation” from antihypertensive drugs goes a long way in helping the heart to find […]

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Could grilling your meat raise blood pressure?

Could grilling your meat raise blood pressure?

A new study urges caution when cooking, after finding that a regular intake of grilled and well-done meat or fish could increase the risk of high blood pressure. Researchers suggest that how we cook our meat may influence our hypertension risk. The new research was led by Gang Liu, Ph.D., of the Department of Nutrition […]

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Death risk increased with two blood pressure drugs

Death risk increased with two blood pressure drugs

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. But a new study has found that two classes of medication that are commonly used to lower blood pressure could present a death risk all on their own. Researchers have identifIed two blood […]

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What you should know about white coat syndrome

What you should know about white coat syndrome

White coat syndrome is the name given to a disorder in which a person develops high blood pressure when they are around doctors, who often wear white coats. Some people who usually have normal blood pressure find that it spikes when they visit the doctor. This condition is called white coat hypertension or the white […]

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High blood pressure: Could diet replace medication?

High blood pressure: Could diet replace medication?

When it comes to lowering blood pressure, a low-salt, heart-healthy diet may be just as effective as medication. This is the conclusion of a new study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers say that a low-salt, heart-healthy diet may be just as effective as medication for lowering blood pressure. […]