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Potential risk with high-normal blood pressure

Potential risk with high-normal blood pressure

According to research, “high-normal” blood pressure still poses risk of stroke. Normal blood pressure is between 120/80 mm Hg and 129/84 mm Hg, “Abnormal” blood pressure is a top number (systolic pressure) above 140 mm Hg, and a bottom number … Read more

No Benefit to Lowering Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke: Study

No Benefit to Lowering Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) — Giving medication to lower blood pressure in hypertensive stroke patients appears to have no benefit and might even be harmful, says a new study that seems to confirm current treatment guidelines. Medication doesn’t improve … Read more

Obesity Has Nearly Doubled Worldwide Since 1980: Report

Obesity Has Nearly Doubled Worldwide Since 1980: Report

FRIDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) — New research shows that obesity is on the rise worldwide — it’s doubled since 1980 — but people in the wealthiest nations are managing to reduce their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Despite rising … Read more

Blood Protein Level May Not Influence Effectiveness of Statins

Blood Protein Level May Not Influence Effectiveness of Statins

FRIDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) — A new study debunks the idea that the cholesterol-fighting drugs known as statins work better in people with high levels of a certain protein and may not work at all in those with low … Read more

Stress-Reduction Therapy May Help Heart Disease Patients

Stress-Reduction Therapy May Help Heart Disease Patients

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — A stress management program based on cognitive behavioral therapy may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in patients with heart disease, Swedish researchers report. Reducing anxiety cuts heart attacks, deaths and … Read more

U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar

U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — The cost of treating heart disease and stroke in the United States is expected to triple in the next 20 years, to $818 billion, a new report says. Will triple by 2030, report says; … Read more

Lowering Blood Pressure Can Help Cut Women’s Heart Disease Risk

Lowering Blood Pressure Can Help Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk

MONDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — Many middle-aged women could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by lowering their blood pressure, researchers say. 15-point reduction in systolic blood pressure may aid disease prevention in middle age, study finds. High … Read more

Five Steps to a Healthier Heart

Five Steps to a Healthier Heart

SATURDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) — Five simple steps can help lower your risk of heart disease, says a leading expert on preventive cardiology. Expert offers simple lifestyle changes to keep cardiovascular disease at bay. About 58 million Americans have … Read more

Some Antibiotics, Blood Pressure Meds a Bad Mix: Study

Some Antibiotics, Blood Pressure Meds a Bad Mix: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) — Older people who are taking common blood pressure medications called calcium channel blockers face an increased risk of developing dangerously low blood pressure and possibly going into shock if they take certain antibiotics, Canadian … Read more

Taking Short Breaks From Sitting May Help Waistline and Heart

Taking Short Breaks From Sitting May Help Waistline and Heart

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) — If you sit all day at an office and worry about its effect on your weight and health, take a few breaks. Even a little more activity spread through the average workday boosts health, … Read more