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Surgery with ultrasound treats high blood pressure in trial

Surgery with ultrasound treats high blood pressure in trial

A minimally invasive surgical procedure that targets nerves leading to the kidneys could one day offer a safe way for some people to reduce their blood pressure medications. Scientists find a new way to optimize blood pressure control. Investigators have announced the 6-month results of an international clinical trial on the safety and effectiveness of […]

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Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

New research, which appears in The Journal of Physiology, examines the role that gut bacteria might play in preserving the health of our arteries. Your gut may control the health of your arteries and heart, suggests new research. An increasing number of studies suggest that the bacteria in our guts hold the key to healthy […]

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Higher cholesterol, egg consumption linked to heart disease

Higher cholesterol, egg consumption linked to heart disease

A recent study has linked higher consumption of eggs or dietary cholesterol to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. The finding is likely to rekindle the debate on eggs and heart health. New research suggests that people should restrict their daily egg intake as part of a healthful diet. For example, the […]

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Common blood pressure drug may increase cardiac arrest risk

Common blood pressure drug may increase cardiac arrest risk

A preliminary study concludes that a drug that doctors commonly prescribe to treat angina and blood pressure might increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest. A recent study looked at the risk factors behind cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If a person does not receive treatment, […]

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CPR steps: A visual guide

CPR steps: A visual guide

People without first aid training can still save a life by performing CPR. Performing CPR on someone having a cardiac or breathing emergency can help keep them alive until the emergency services arrive. If a person carries it out immediately after a person’s heart stops beating, CPR can double or even triple the chances of […]

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Heart failure: New drug could halt disease and improve heart function

Heart failure: New drug could halt disease and improve heart function

Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively. Current treatments can slow or stop the disease getting worse, but they can’t regress it. Now, scientists have designed a molecule that could not only curb heart failure but also improve the heart’s blood pumping ability. A new molecule could help prevent […]

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What to know about mustard oil

What to know about mustard oil

Mustard oil comes from the seeds of mustard plants. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which appear to reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. However, cooking with the oil may pose a serious risk, especially for children. People have long used mustard oil in cooking and alternative medicine. It is common in Asian, […]

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Is high blood pressure always bad?

Is high blood pressure always bad?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a risk factor for several health conditions, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and other metabolic issues. However, is high blood pressure always a cause for concern? New findings question that assumption. Having high blood pressure may sometimes have a protective effect. Up to 75 million adults in the United States […]

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Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

A midday nap may be just what you need, not just to boost your energy levels but also to lower high blood pressure. This, at least, is what new research from Greece suggests. Napping could effectively help lower your blood pressure, new findings reveal. When the afternoon slump hits in the middle of a busy […]

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What to know about heart pacemakers

What to know about heart pacemakers

A pacemaker is a device that helps keep the heart beating regularly. It can represent a life-changing treatment for heart conditions such as arrhythmias, which involve the heart beating irregularly. Inserting a pacemaker into the chest requires minor surgery. The procedure is generally safe, but there are some risks, such as injury around the site […]