Biochemical compound responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsis is discovered

A study conducted by an international group of researchers has overturned the understanding of life-threatening inflammatory diseases such as sepsis, pointing to a biochemical agent that may be involved in the rapid decline in blood pressure that occurs in the advanced stage of sepsis and usually causes the patient’s death. This discovery could pave the way for novel therapeutic approaches. […]

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Could beetroot fight salt-induced high blood pressure?

Adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study of rats. While findings in animals may not translate to humans, researchers of the new study—released Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension—hope to find a new tool to help battle the epidemic of high-salt diets, […]

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Remote blood pressure monitoring via smartphone app shows promise

People with both diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure who used a smartphone app to monitor their blood pressure remotely, get tips on healthful living and connect with a health coach saw significant declines in their blood pressure within six weeks, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. At six weeks, study […]

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Smoke-free policies associated with lower blood pressure

Smoke-free policies have been associated with lower systolic (top number) blood pressure readings among non-smokers, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. While smoke-free policies—laws that prohibit smoking in public places like bars and restaurants—have been associated with reduced rates of hospitalization for heart disease, […]

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Managing high blood pressure in diabetics may prevent life-threatening organ damage

The most effective way to prevent life-threatening complications of extreme hypertension in African-Americans with diabetes is to better control their blood pressure, according to a Rutgers study, the largest of its kind. The study, which appears in Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, included 783 diabetic and 1,001 non-diabetic patients from a New Jersey hospital emergency department that serves predominantly African-American communities. […]

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Firstborn Asians feel added pressure with family responsibilities

When compared to European Americans, Asian-American firstborns feel the additional burden of being cultural brokers and having to take care of their immigrant parents and young siblings at the same time, says a University of Michigan researcher. Kaidi Wu, a U-M doctoral candidate in social psychology, was lead author of a study that explored how both groups—ages 18 to 25—viewed […]

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Virtual counseling helps lower blood pressure

People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the next decade. “Internet-based supportive lifestyle counseling does indeed work effectively when it’s clinically […]

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