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Archive for the 'High Blood Pressure' Category

Lack of effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. on cholesterol

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

hisbiscus_0Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (roselle, red sorrel; Arabic: karkade) grows as large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers promoted to reduce cholesterol levels.

Researchers at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, reviewed the data on its effectiveness and safety. (more…)

Benefits of reducing salt intake: Reality sets in

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

salt1The NIH Committee on the Consequences of Sodium Reduction… reports it might be time to entertain second thoughts on the importance of salt restriction.

It was just a matter of time. (more…)

Review: Benefits of CAM to help treat hypertension

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

HeartBeatingThe American Heart Association has summarized the blood pressure-lowering effects of several alternative approaches and provided recommendations for their use.

Here’s what we know in people with blood pressure (BP) levels higher than 120/80 mmHg. (more…)

Advantages of adding exercise to statin treatment

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

beating_heartStatins are prescribed to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Increased fitness is recommended as an essential part of promoting health.

Now, researchers at Georgetown University School of Medicine, in Washington DC, report the combined effects of fitness and statin treatment on mortality. (more…)

CAM use among people with high blood pressure

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the overall prevalence of hypertension among US adults between 2003 and 2010 was 30%, or about 67 million people. About 36 million (54%) had uncontrolled hypertension.

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, examined the prevalence of CAM use among older adults with and without diagnosed high blood pressure and the degree to which CAM is used specifically for the treatment of high blood pressure. (more…)

Adverse response to exercise

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Dr. Claude Bouchard and colleagues from around the US and Finland tell us that people differ in their response to regular exercise.

Sometimes these differences contribute to adverse changes in cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors, according to this study. (more…)

Does losing weight reduce your risk of early death?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Despite the reported benefits, weight loss isn’t always advised for older adults because some studies have associated weight loss with increased mortality.

Researchers from North Carolina and Maryland, put this belief to the test. (more…)

Blood pressure effects of low- and high-salt diets

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In this Cochrane review, researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, estimated the effects of low-sodium vs. high-sodium intake on blood pressure (BP), renin, aldosterone, catecholamines, and lipids. (more…)

Effect of dietary protein on blood pressure levels

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

There’s an inverse association between dietary protein intake and blood pressure.

How much? Researchers at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana, compared the effects of soy protein and milk protein to carbohydrate supplementation in healthy adults. (more…)

Finally, sanity in the salt wars

Monday, January 9th, 2012

For decades, politicians like Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC have tried to get Americans to eat less salt.

Now Scientific American asks, “But if the US does conquer salt, what will we gain?”

Answer: bland french fries. (more…)

Relationship between functional foods and adherence to statins

Monday, December 12th, 2011

It’s thought that people using functional foods with approved health claims may be less likely to adhere to prescribed drug therapy.

Researchers in The Netherlands assessed the influence of the use of phytosterol/-stanol-enriched functional foods on adherence to statin (cholesterol-lowering) therapy among patients initiating treatment. (more…)

Pomegranate juice improves cardiovascular risk factors

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

During the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, researchers at Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israel, reported that patients on hemodialysis who drank moderate amounts of pomegranate juice saw improvement in lipids, blood pressure, and the number of antihypertensive medications required. (more…)

Re-assessing the sodium-heart disease connection

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Almost everyone knows that moderation of salt intake might reduce cardiovascular events. Right?

Researchers in Europe studied whether 24-hour urinary sodium excretion predicts blood pressure and health outcomes. (more…)

Vitamin D and high blood pressure in African-Americans

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Higher prevalence of hypertension among African Americans is a key cause of racial disparity in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Researchers in New York and California assessed the contribution of vitamin D to racial disparity in blood pressure. (more…)

Sodium effects on blood pressure

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Just how effective is a low sodium diet to treat high blood pressure?

This Cochrane review presents the evidence. (more…)

Reviewing the reviews of tai chi

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague critically evaluated the systematic reviews of tai chi for any improvement of medical conditions or clinical symptoms. (more…)

Defining the effect of coffee on blood pressure

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Some say drinking coffee is associated with slightly higher blood pressure. However, these studies followed patients for less than 85 days.

Researchers around the US collaborated to review the results of longer term studies. (more…)

Storytelling to improve blood pressure

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Benefits of culturally appropriate storytelling were similar to those of antihypertensive drugs, according to researchers at Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Massachusetts. (more…)

Limited value of herbals to lower blood pressure

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in New York, reviewed non-drug treatments.

Let’s focus on herbals. (more…)

Benefits of chocolate on the heart

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Researchers in the UK and Columbia reviewed the association between chocolate and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders — high blood pressure, abnormally high glucose, elevated triglycerides, low “good” cholesterol, abdominal obesity, smoking, and physical inactivity. (more…)