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Low-Salt Diet Improves BP In CKD

Article posted by MedPage Today on patients receiving dietary counseling rather than pre-prepared meals. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) showed significantly improved blood pressure and hydration status when put on a sodium-restricted diet in a brief cross-over trial. Importantly, the diet was not composed of pre-prepared low sodium meals. Instead, participants devised their own

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New Storyline For ‘Young & Restless’ Icon Jill Abbott Atkinson May Save Lives

The latest cliffhanger involving lead character Jill Abbott Atkinson of “The Young & The Restless” is not an ingenious twist concocted by Hollywood scriptwriters. This one is plucked from an all-too-common reality. Viewers who tuned in Thursday discovered that Jill suffered a heart attack. They learned about the warning signs she missed, the importance of

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Four-In-One ‘Miracle’ Pill To Cure High Blood Pressure

Posted by Daily Mail on February 9, 2017. Combining four blood pressure drugs into a single pill could be twice as effective as existing treatments, researchers have found. In a breakthrough trial, every patient given the four-in-one ‘quadpill’ saw their blood pressure drop to healthy levels within a month. And because each drug is included

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Intensive BP Goals Don’t Slow Down The Elderly — Or Slow Their Decline

Posted by MedPage Today on February 6, 2017. A low blood pressure target had no effect on older patients’ physical function, neither worsening nor improving it, according to a substudy of the SPRINT trial showing no changes in gait or mobility. Decline in gait speed was similar between adults 75 and older on intensive treatment

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Over 100 New BP Genes Could Provide New Targets For Treating Hypertension

Posted by Medical Xpress on January 30, 2017. Scientists have found 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments. The study, led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Imperial College London, suggests that by using genetic testing, doctors could target medication to

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Regular Exercise May Reduce African-Americans’ Risk Of HBP

Posted by AHA News on January 31, 2017. Regular moderate to vigorous exercise such as swimming, biking or even brisk walks can lower the risk of high blood pressure in African-Americans, according to a new study. African-Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than other racial groups in the United States. Among non-Hispanic