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Around the World, Indigenous People Face Higher Stroke Risk

Indigenous people in seven countries, including the United States and Canada, appear to be more likely to suffer a stroke than non-natives, a new, large review finds.

"Disparities are especially evident in countries where high average quality of life and long life expectancies are often not mirrored in Indigneous populations," said study author

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Pregnancy Complications May Harm Child's Heart Health Long-Term

    Two of the most common pregnancy complications for women, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, could jeopardize the future heart health of their children, a new study suggests. 

    Researchers found that the children of women who developed either or both of those conditions during pregnancy showed signs of less-than-ideal heart health before the age of 12. 

    “Throug...

    Salt Substitutes Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

    Replacing regular salt with a salt substitute can reduce high blood pressure in older adults, a new study has found.

    Older adults who use a salt substitute are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who use regular salt, according to findings published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College...

    Most Americans Don't Know Their Lifesaving 'Heart Numbers': Survey

    Ohio resident Erica Hutson was in her 20s when she found out she had high cholesterol through a health check required by insurance.

    Because she was young and fit, Hutson shrugged off the test result.

    But Hutson changed her mind about it a decade later, when her father died of coronary artery disease in his 60s and she discovered it ran in her family.

    “His death really made m...

    Weight-Loss Med Zepbound Lowers High Blood Pressure in Obese People

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound provides more health benefits than dropping pounds and controlling diabetes, a new study shows.

    It also appears to help people with obesity manage their high blood pressure, results show.

    Patients taking Zepbound (tirzepatide) experienced a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, according to a...

    FDA Panel Tackles Faulty Pulse Oximeter Readings That Come With Darker Skin

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday addressed a continuing issue with pulse oximeters -- that they give less accurate readings for folks with darker skin.

    The devices are designed to measure oxygen levels in the blood, so correct readings are critical, experts say.

    During its daylong

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  • February 5, 2024
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  • High Blood Pressure in Young Black Women Sends Stroke Risks Soaring

    Black American women have much higher rates of high blood pressure than white women, and it's especially deadly if hypertension sets in before the age of 35, new research shows.

    Black women diagnosed with high blood pressure before the age of 35 had triple the odds of suffering a stroke, compared to Black women without hypertension, the study found.

    “This research was motivated by...

    Heart Effects of High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Linger

    New research suggests the effects of high blood pressure during pregnancy may be long-lasting.

    Researchers found that women who developed high blood pressure during pregnancy had tell-tale signs of abnormal heart structure and function up to a decade later.

    "This study helps to clarify that, for some women, pregnancy is not just a 'stress test' that unmasks underlying cardiovascular...

    As One Spouse's Blood Pressure Rises, So Does the Other's: Study

    In sickness and in health -- and in blood pressure, too?

    A new international study finds that if your blood pressure rises with time, your spouse's might, also.

    “Many people know that high blood pressure is common in middle-aged and older adults, yet we were surprised to find that among many older couples, both husband and wife had high blood pressure in the U.S., England, China ...

    High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy  Tied to Long-Term Heart Trouble for Hispanic Women

    Hispanic women who experience spikes in blood pressure while pregnant may also face higher heart risks years later, new research shows.

    These "hypertensive disorders of pregnancy" (HDP) -- conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia and gestational hypertension -- may even have a greater role to play in certain heart risks than regular high blood pressure, the researchers noted.

    “...

    Commuting on a Highway? Your Blood Pressure May Pay a Price

    It's not just bumper-to-bumper highway traffic that's causing your blood pressure to spike during your daily commute.

    New research shows that the exhaust fumes spewing from all those vehicles triggers a significant increase in car passengers' blood pressure.

    The observed increase is comparable to the effect of a high-salt diet, researchers found, and the effect can last up to 24 hou...

    Major Study Confirms Salt's Deadly Effect on Blood Pressure

    Cutting out just one teaspoon of salt every day lowers blood pressure almost as much as medication does, new research shows.

    Investigators said theirs is one of the largest studies ever to include people taking high blood pressure meds in a look at the effect of reducing dietary intake of sodium.

    “We found that 70-75% of all people, regardless of whether they are already on blood ...

    Blood Pressure's Ups & Downs Could Harm Heart, Brain

    Fluctuating blood pressure can be a harbinger for both dementia and heart disease, a new study finds.

    Ups and downs within 24 hours or even over several days or weeks were linked with impaired thinking, researchers from Australia reported.

    Higher variations in systolic blood pressure, the top number, were linked with stiffening of the arteries, which is associated with heart disease...

    Seniors, Here Are the Meds That Can Harm Your Driving Skills

    Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.

    Many different medication classes have been linked to the risk of driving impairment, as anyone who has ever read the label warning "do not operate heavy machinery" might have guessed.

    But the new study took a particularly rigorous approach t...

    Adding Just 3,000 Steps Per Day Could Lower High Blood Pressure

    Adding 3,000 extra steps a day can help older adults with hypertension significantly lower their blood pressure.

    About 80% of older adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Keeping it down can help protect against heart failure, heart attacks and strokes.

    “We'll all get high blood pressure if we live long enough, at least in this country,”

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 28, 2023
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  • Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control May Be Tougher in Colder Weather

    Winter months can be a challenge for those trying to keep their high blood pressure in check, new research suggests.

    In an analysis of more than 60,000 American adults being treated for high blood pressure at six health care centers in the Southeast and Midwest United States, scientists found that systolic blood pressure -- the top number -- rose slightly in winter months, by up to 1.7 mm...

    COVID May Help Trigger High Blood Pressure in Folks Already at Risk

    COVID-19 patients face a markedly greater risk for developing persistently high blood pressure, even if they never had blood pressure concerns before, new research indicates.

    The rise in risk seen among otherwise heart-healthy patients also appeared to be notably greater among COVID patients than in influenza patients.

    The findings, said senior study author

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 21, 2023
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  • Experimental Shot Given Every Six Months Controlled High Blood Pressure in Early Trial

    Every day, millions of people must take one or more pills to control their blood pressure and reduce their risk for heart attack or stroke, but if new research pans out, some may be able to scrap their pills for a twice-yearly shot with the same benefits.

    Given as a shot every six months, zilebesiran suppresses the gene that produces a hormone called angiotensin that causes blood vessels ...

    Checking Blood Pressure at Home Saves Lives, Money

    Patients could find lifesaving benefits in using a home blood pressure cuff.

    New research finds that home blood pressure monitoring saves lives and cuts costs. It also reduces health care disparities in racial and ethnic minorities and rural residents.

    Furthermore, regular self-testing better controls high blood pressure, especially in underserved patients, reducing the risk o...

    Loneliness Can Really Break a Heart in People With Diabetes

    Loneliness might be a true heartbreaker for people with diabetes — raising their odds of a heart attack even more than unhealthy lifestyle habits do.

    That's according to a new study of over 18,000 adults with the blood sugar disease. Researchers found that people who reported feeling lonely were up to 26% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke in the next decade, compared to tho...

    Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers and What They Mean

    You could have high blood pressure and not realize it. The only way to know for sure is to have your blood pressure tested.

    It's an important step, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), and so is understanding your results so you can keep your blood pressure under control.

    A diagnosis of high blood pressure -- and any unusually low blood pressure readings - must be mad...

    Men: Here Are the Health Screenings You Need

    Many men will put off going to the doctor unless they are really sick, but men's health screenings help catch problems before symptoms appear.

    So, how can you tell if a health screening or preventive care appointment is right for you?

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the

    Spinal Cord Injury Can Lead to Dangerously Low Blood Pressure, But New Implant Might Fix That

    Dangerously low blood pressure is considered an “invisible” consequence of paralysis, adding to the woes of as many as 9 out of 10 people with spinal cord injuries.

    Now, a new implant has been developed that treats the problem by delivering electrical stimulation to a select group of spinal neurons.

    The device, called a neuroprosthetic baroflex, stimulates the lower part of the ...

    Living Near Noisy Roads Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

    That road noise outside your window could be wreaking havoc on your blood pressure.

    A new study published March 22 in JACC: Advances found that the roaring engines, blaring horns and wailing sirens can themselves elevate high blood pressure (hypertension) risk, aside from questions about the impact of air pollution.

    “We were a little surprised that the association between...

    Coffee Might Pose Danger to Folks With Severe High Blood Pressure

    Plenty of people enjoy a cup or two, or maybe three or four, of coffee every day.

    But new research shows that people with severe high blood pressure ("hypertension") should steer clear of drinking too much java.

    The study found that for those with blood pressure of 160/100 or higher, drinking two or more cups of coffee daily was associated with a doubled risk of death from heart di...

    Battling High Blood Pressure? Adding Yoga to Your Workout Might Help

    Adding a little yoga to an exercise routine can be the fix someone needs to drop high blood pressure, a small study suggests.

    “As observed in several studies, we recommend that patients try to find exercise and stress relief for the management of hypertension [high blood pressure] and cardiovascular disease in whatever form they find most appealing,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 8, 2022
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  • Take the Mindful Way to Lower Blood Pressure

    Mindfulness is a centuries-old practice that's become trendy in recent years -- and a new study now says it can help your heart health.

    Training in mindfulness can help people better manage their high blood pressure by helping them stick to healthy lifestyle changes, a new clinical trial reports.

    An eight-week customized mindfulness program helped people lower their systolic blood p...

    New Drug Helps Tame Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

    Some patients with high blood pressure can't get it under control with standard medications, but a new study shows an experimental drug is up to the task of treating these tough-to-treat cases.

    Why do some folks struggle more with managing their high blood pressure than others? When the hypertension i...

    How the Pandemic Affected Americans' Blood Pressure

    Although blood pressure levels among Americans rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests things could have been far worse.

    "We expected blood pressure control to be worse due to decreased physical activity, stress, poor sleep and other cardiovascular disease risk factors that worsened during the pandemic," said study leader

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 3, 2022
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  • Keeping Blood Pressure in Check Could Cut Your Odds for Dementia

    Controlling high blood pressure in older adults may be one of the "best bets" for reducing the risk of developing dementia, Australian researchers report.

    "Given population aging and the substantial costs of caring for people with dementia, even a small reduction could have considerable global impact,...

    Not Enough Older Americans Are Checking Blood Pressure At Home

    Regular home monitoring can help with blood pressure control, but only half of people who have hypertension or other related conditions actually do it, a new study found.

    Of Americans ages 50 to 80 who take blood pressure me...

    Spikes in Blood Pressure Bring Many Americans to the ER

    When it comes to why U.S. heart patients wind up in the emergency room, uncontrolled high blood pressure (or "hypertension") fuels about one-third of those medical crises.

    “These visits resulted in hospital admission less than 3% of the time and with very few deaths — less than 0.1%. This suggests...

    Is There a Best Time of Day to Take Your Blood Pressure Pill?

    It doesn't seem to matter what time of day or night you take your blood pressure medication, a new study finds.

    The results of a randomized trial of more than 21,000 patients with high blood pressure who were follo...

    Are High-Tech Blood Pressure Monitors Really Worth It?

    When it comes to taking your blood pressure at home, smart devices with lots of bells and whistles are no better than old-school monitors, which happen to cost much less.

    This is the main finding of a new study that compared high-tech devices that link to your smartph...

    8/8 -- Self-Employed Women Are Often Healthier: Study

    Women who are their own bosses might have healthier hearts to show for it, a new study suggests.

    The study, of more than 4,600 working U.S. women, found that those who were self-employed typically got more exercise and were less likely to be obese or have

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  • August 2, 2022
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  • High Blood Pressure Doubles Odds That COVID Will Be Severe

    Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure — and that alone more than doubles their odds of being hospitalized if they are infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a new study revealed.

    This was true even in people who were fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, according to researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los ...

    Post-Workout Sauna Might Boost Your Health Even More

    Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you're done for extra heart health benefits.

    That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.

    The new study didn't look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some...

    'Forever Chemicals' May Raise a Woman's Blood Pressure

    Called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the environment, new research suggests that middle-aged women with high levels of perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) in their blood may be more vulnerable to high blood pressure.

    In the study, women aged 45 to 56 who had the highest concentrat...

    U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years

    Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

    "The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes - including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant - not only adversely influence both mom and ch...

    Texting Your Way to Better Health After Heart Attack

    "Fill your plate up with colorful fruits and veggies for heart health."

    Such customized reminder texts may help folks who have had one heart attack avoid a second one, according to a new study out of Australia.

    "Texts provi...

    Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

    High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

    "Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

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  • May 10, 2022
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  • Battling Mom-to-Be's Preexisting High Blood Pressure Brings No Harm to Baby

    When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    Heart Disease Is Women's #1 Killer. So Why So Little Female-Focused Research?

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, accounting for more than one in five deaths. Still, far too few women realize the danger.

    In fact, "Awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of death among women actu...

    No Sign Common Steroid Spironolactone Can Cause Cancer: Study

    The often-used steroid spironolactone is not linked to any increased risk of a range of common cancers, according to a new study.

    The synthetic steroid is routinely used to manage heart failure, high blood pressure and edema, and also used off-label to treat acne, hair loss and excessive hair growth (hirsutism).

    "Though the

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  • What's More Accurate, Blood Pressure Readings at Home or Doctor's Office?

    Regular blood pressure readings at home are more accurate for diagnosing high blood pressure than those taken at a doctor's office, according to a new study.

    "Blood pressure varies a lot over the day � and one or two measurements in clinic may not reflect your average blood pressure," said study author Dr. Beverly Green, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Researc...

    A Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthy Heart for Older Women

    A new study offers more evidence that oral health is connected to heart health: Older women who harbor certain bacteria in their mouths might be at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

    The study, which followed 1,200 women for a decade, found that 15 types of mouth bacteria were linked to the odds of developing

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  • Could Common Blood Pressure Meds Help Curb Pancreatic Cancer?

    Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat and beat, but new research suggests that commonly prescribed high blood pressure drugs may boost survival in patients.

    Known as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin receptor blockers (

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  • Majority of Pregnant U.S. Women Were Already in Poor Health: Study

    Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

    Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already having heart risks like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and obesity.

    A new study finds that 60% -- even higher in so...

    Valentine's Chocolates May Do Your Heart Good - Really

    Giving dark chocolate to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day may be a win-win emotionally and physically, an expert suggests.

    But it's important to keep any potential health benefits in perspective, noted Lizzy Davis, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    "What is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another," she said in a ...

    Feel Dizzy When You Stand Up? Two Simple Steps Might Ease That

    Almost everyone has had a dizzy spell after standing up too quickly, but some people suffer them regularly. Now, a new study suggests two do-it-yourself ways to help.

    The study focused on what's called initial orthostatic hypotension (IOH), where a person's blood pressure drops sharply within...

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