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Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor

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A new study found that middle-aged Mexican-Americans faced double the risk of stroke compared with white people, with diabetes considered a major contributing factor.

Ischemic strokes are the most common and occur when an artery supplying blood to the brain is blocked.

The role of […]

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

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In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common.

The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the poorest, with […]

Can spraying bacteria in your face actually have health benefits?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spraying bacteria in your face for health reasons sounds like something straight out of a late-night TV commercial.

It sounds even stranger when you consider a potential health benefit was discovered while studying something else entirely, and that the bacteria-spray company’s founder uses it instead of […]

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

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When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to […]

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, High Blood Pressure, Research, Women|Tags: , |Comments Off on What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

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Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check.

New research released Thursday indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long-term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

“These results […]

September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

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High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

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Nicknamed the “silent” killer, high blood pressure is perhaps none more so than among young adults, new data suggest.

Compared to middle-aged and older adults, the rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is much lower in young adults, according to the study published […]

August 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Young adults lag behind in high blood pressure awareness, treatment

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

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It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , |Comments Off on Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

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Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk

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In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

“Home monitoring of blood pressure may be useful to assess the future risk of dementia,” said […]

August 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Blood pressure variations may raise dementia risk