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Slow down at Thanksgiving – and every meal – gobbling can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Savor that Thanksgiving meal – and each one after that. People who eat too fast are more likely to become obese or develop risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a recent study.

The research, presented last week at the American Heart Association’s […]

Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

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ANAHEIM, California — The risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and death can be reduced in adults 65 and older if they’re treated for blood pressure the same way younger people are – to a systolic blood pressure of less than 130 […]

November 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Prevention|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

Catching up on sleep over the weekend may not help the heart

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ANAHEIM, California — Using the weekend to catch up on sleep may not be good for heart health, a new study suggests.

The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, included more than 21,000 older female health care professionals without a history of […]

More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

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ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population.

The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – […]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

High-dose statin drugs were more effective than low doses in Japanese patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — For years, Asian doctors haven’t had the kind of solid evidence that U.S. doctors have had to show high-dose statins could lower heart risks in their patients. But a large new study released Monday does just that.

“There has been substantial reluctance to […]

Nearly half of U.S. adults could now be classified with high blood pressure, under new definitions

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ANAHEIM, California — Nearly half of American adults are at risk for major health problems because of high blood pressure, according to a new scientific guideline that redefines the dangerous condition and provides tactics for doctors to detect, treat and prevent it.

People with […]

Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

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Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking.
I’m kind of in a hurry to get to our destination and you probably are, too.
Since I know what I’m doing, I’m going to cut some time by zipping through all those boring safety checks […]

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Prevention, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

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ANAHEIM, California — If you’re researching the best ways for doctors to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, it’s important for top cardiovascular experts to exhaustively analyze the best available scientific studies.

It’s also important to invite people from outside the scientific system, people who know […]

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, caregiver, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

What is a medical guideline, and how is it created?

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Healthcare providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient.

Occasionally – as is expected with Monday’s announcement of new guidelines about treating high blood pressure – they can make big news.

But what exactly are guidelines? Why are […]

Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

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Adding some spice to food may make you more aware of the taste of salt, a new study suggests.

The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, indicates that eating spicy foods may help us consume less salt — and, ultimately, lower blood pressure.

According to the […]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt