Church-based health programs may help black adults lower blood pressure

By American Heart Association News A new study found that black churchgoers who learned about healthy habits while receiving religious and personal encouragement saw a steeper drop in their blood pressure than those who didn’t. That’s important because high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in

How many at-home checks does it take to diagnose high blood pressure?

By American Heart Association News A routine visit to the doctor’s office typically results in a single blood pressure measurement. But for people on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension, visits usually involve several additional checks at the office, along with a recommendation of having more taken at home. But

Researchers suggest way to possibly eliminate artery-clogging condition

By American Heart Association News Researchers have proposed a unique study in humans to reduce the early onset of atherosclerosis, the buildup of the artery-clogging plaque that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. The report, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association(link opens in new window), reviews a host of previous

Big fluctuations in BP and cholesterol increase heart disease, stroke risk

By American Heart Association News Fluctuations in blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and cholesterol could put people at higher risk for heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. The Korean study, published Monday in the journal Circulation(link opens in new window), used health exam and insurance records for almost 7 million adults