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Common high blood pressure meds affect mood disorders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four common blood pressure medications may impact mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, according to a new study.

“Mental health is under-recognized in hypertension clinical practice, and the possible impact of antihypertensive drugs on mental health is an area that physicians should be aware […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples.

Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and boxed […]

Preterm birth leads to smaller kidneys, higher blood pressure in adulthood

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — Premature birth cuts short kidney development — resulting in smaller kidneys and higher blood pressure in adulthood, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

“Adults born preterm may not present with the ‘classic’ […]

Sound therapy may reduce blood pressure, migraines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — A noninvasive neurotechnology that uses sound to balance right- and left-side brain frequencies lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate variability and reduced symptoms of migraine headaches, in two small studies presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific […]

Intensive program to lower blood pressure could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with common heart disease risk factors would participate in an intensive program to lower the top number in their blood pressure reading, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart […]

Genetically-modified probiotic may treat pulmonary hypertension

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — Modified probiotics taken orally may one day treat pulmonary hypertension, according to a study presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

In the study, the probiotic Lactobacillus reduced blood pressure, improved heart contractility and reduced heart wall […]

Police sergeant’s heart stops after dialing 911

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dean Oshiro has to rely on his family to fill in the blanks when it comes to what happened on Aug. 20, 2010. That’s when the Santa Monica, California, police sergeant survived a cardiac arrest caused by a heart attack.

Dean had come home from a […]

CDC: 5 million on Medicare not taking blood pressure meds as prescribed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Only about half of Americans age 65 and older with high blood pressure have it under control, and not taking medications as prescribed might help explain why.

One in four Medicare beneficiaries — about 5 million — are not following doctor’s orders for taking their blood […]

Peripheral artery disease affects Larry Sadwin’s life, along with 8.5 million Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Larry Sadwin’s legs hurt whenever he exercises, a symptom of restricted blood vessels. But he’s finding a way to manage his condition.

Sadwin, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Warren, Rhode Island, is one of 8.5 million Americans with peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes a […]

Common food additive may increase blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating foods with too much phosphate, a common food and beverage additive, increased blood pressure in rats, particularly during exercise, a recent study showed.

It’s a finding that if confirmed would support the Food and Drug Administration including the amount of added phosphate on food labels, […]

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