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Alternative Approaches to Help Lower Blood Pressure

A new scientific report published by the American Heart Association in its journal Hypertension states that alternative therapies such as aerobic exercise, resistance training, and isometric hand grip exercises may help reduce high blood pressure (hypertension). After reviewing several studies, researchers report that people whose blood pressure levels are higher than 120/80 mm Hg who cannot tolerate or do not respond well to standard medications may benefit from these exercises. However, they warn that these alternative approaches must not replace medically proven methods to lower blood pressure, such as weight management, smoking cessation, avoiding alcohol, a low sodium, balanced diet, […]

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Beet Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure

Amrita Ahluwalia, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, and colleagues report that drinking a single cup of beetroot juice significantly lowered the systolic blood pressure (BP) of patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). This effect was observed 3-6 hours they took 250 mL of juice, with their systolic BP decreasing by a mean 11 mm Hg compared to a decrease of 0.7 mm Hg in controls (hypertensive participants who did not take juice). The effect remained even at 24 hours, according to the researchers who reported their results in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. Previous studies have […]

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New research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Kidney Clinical Research Institute in Boston suggests that vitamin D supplementation may modestly lower blood pressure among black adults. Studies show that blacks have higher rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) than whites in the U.S. They also have lower circulating levels of vitamin D or 25(OH)D. John P. Forman, MD, MSc, and colleagues conducted a clinical trial involving an 250 black participants who were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or one of three doses of vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol at 1,000, 2,000 or 4,000 IU daily). Treatment was started in […]

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Americans Live Longer, but not Healthier Lives

The life expectancy of American has gone up from 76.8 years in 2000 to 78.5 years in 2009, according to the United Health Foundation report, “America’s Health Rankings,” which provides an evaluation of the nation’s health condition. However, Reed Tuckson, MD, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs of UnitedHealth Group, reports that people are living sicker from chronic disease and preventable diseases. The pooled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Medical Association, Census Bureau, and the Dartmouth Atlas Project shows that while deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer have been decreasing due to […]

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Flaxseed for High Blood Pressure

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition characterized by the narrowing of blood vessels outside of the heart. It is caused by atherosclerosis or the build-up of fat and cholesterol (a substance called plaque) on the walls of the arteries. Plaque causes blood vessels to narrow or become blocked, resulting in the reduction or stopping of blood flow. A person with PAD has an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Reducing the buildup of plaque in the arteries is usually done by making dietary changes, increasing physical activity, and reducing high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Although high […]

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