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Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

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Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate.

With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was at a […]

Speaking Spanish may be key to recruiting more Hispanics for stroke studies

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For years, many U.S. Hispanics have been excluded from treatment studies because they don’t speak English. So a handful of Southern California researchers got creative when recruiting patients for a recent project.

Would having Spanish-speaking staff and Spanish-language materials result in significantly more Hispanic […]

Mexican-Americans may get less intense stroke rehab

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Life after a stroke can be marred by significant impairments, with survivors having to relearn how to speak, walk or carry out day-to-day activities such as cooking and getting dressed. That’s why stroke rehabilitation is recommended to aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of […]

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]

Patients who trust medical profession more likely to take high blood pressure meds

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ARLINGTON, Virginia — People who trust the medical profession are more likely to take their high blood pressure medicine, new data suggest.

In a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2017, patients who had higher levels […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all

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The Arias family gatherings are about food.

The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving to the […]

Wanted: More Hispanic and Latino heart doctors

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Tony Urey, M.D., went into medicine for the same reason many of his medical school friends did: to give their low-income Hispanic and Latino communities better health care. Many of those students became family doctors, but Urey decided to specialize in the heart.

The […]

For Hispanic and Latino smokers, quitting is about family and culture

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Beatrice smoked her first cigarette when she was 7 years old. By 13, she was a regular smoker.

The mother of two quit smoking in her late 30s, inspired by her sons.

“When my son was 11, he wrote me a letter and in it […]

Birth of grandchild spurs heart disease survivor to get fit

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A cardiac arrest nearly killed Anali Diaz, but it was the news that she was going to become a grandmother that spurred her to get serious about her health.

For years, Diaz, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, constantly felt exhausted, but figured that was just part […]

Blacks, Hispanics less likely to control high blood pressure

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Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to control their high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data of 8,796 adults with high blood pressure in the 2003-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were considered to have high blood […]