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Dementia risk: The role of ‘blood pressure patterns’

Dementia risk: The role of ‘blood pressure patterns’

Researchers are growing increasingly interested in the relationship between blood pressure and dementia. The most recent study investigates how patterns of change in blood pressure over the decades might influence risk. What can blood pressure fluctuations tell us about dementia risk? As the United States population ages, dementia incidence rises in tandem. Today, around 5 […]

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High blood pressure: Could gut bacteria play a role?

High blood pressure: Could gut bacteria play a role?

In this Spotlight feature, we investigate whether the bacteria that live in our guts could influence our blood pressure. If so, could they guide future treatment? Hypertension is growing in prevalence, but can we blame gut bacteria? Scientists are growing increasingly interested in the role of gut bacteria. Each week, journals publish many study papers […]

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Could targeting this heart hormone help control blood pressure?

Could targeting this heart hormone help control blood pressure?

Recent insights into a hormone released by muscle cells could lead to improved ways to treat high blood pressure. Researchers find novel ways to tackle high blood pressure. When the hormone, which has the name atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), enters the bloodstream, it lowers blood pressure by triggering blood vessel dilation and excretion of sodium […]

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Hypertension: Looking beyond the classic risk factors

Hypertension: Looking beyond the classic risk factors

A recent study examines the relationship between where people live and the risk of developing hypertension and metabolic syndrome. The authors conclude that the location and type of home could play a significant role. How does the local environment impact hypertension risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension, or high […]

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Heart disease death: ‘White coat hypertension’ may double risk

Heart disease death: ‘White coat hypertension’ may double risk

New research suggests that untreated ‘white coat hypertension’ may be a major risk factor for heart disease and heart disease-related death. Blood pressure may spike when a doctor performs the reading. White coat hypertension describes a disorder in which a person develops high blood pressure only in the presence of doctors. Some doctors and researchers […]

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How a fruit compound may lower blood pressure

How a fruit compound may lower blood pressure

Blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and peanuts are some of the natural sources of resveratrol — a plant compound that has received much attention in the medical community recently. New research in mice and human cells breaks down the mechanism through which resveratrol may lower blood pressure. Red grapes and some blueberries contain resveratrol. From […]

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Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggests

Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggests

A new study suggests that eating walnuts might help people at risk of cardiovascular disease to lower their blood pressure — that is, if they consume them as part of a diet low in saturated fats. Can eating walnuts reduce cardiovascular risk? The scientists, at Pennsylvania State University in State College, explain that their study […]

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Can drinking mineral-rich water prevent hypertension?

Can drinking mineral-rich water prevent hypertension?

Could adding calcium and magnesium to drinking water be a practical way to lower high blood pressure in people who live in areas where drinking water is deficient in these minerals? Could drinking higher-salinity water help lower blood pressure? A recent study has linked drinking water of higher salinity to lower blood pressure in people […]

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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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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 […]