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Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises for Blood Pressure
Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises
for Blood Pressure

Tai Chi Tops Other Exercises for Blood Pressure

More participants in a yearlong study saw their numbers drop than those who did aerobic exercises

(Newser) - Signing up for a tai chi class might come with an unexpected health benefit: lower blood pressure. A new clinical trial found that participants with prehypertension or slightly elevated blood pressure had improved measurements after practicing tai chi for a year—even more so than a group that regularly did...

Our Blood Pressure Shot Up in Pandemic
Pandemic Didn't Help
Our Blood Pressure
new study

Pandemic Didn't Help Our Blood Pressure

Study finds noticeable increase, especially among women

(Newser) - A new study of nearly a half-million Americans presents pretty clear evidence that the pandemic is doing bad things to our blood pressure, reports CNN . And that's especially true for women. The study, published in Circulation by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, showed a significant increase in blood pressure...

First Big Study Finds a 'Polypill' Cuts Heart Risks

It's got 4 medications to fight strokes, bad cholesterol, and high blood pressure

(Newser) - The idea has been around for two decades or so: Give people one pill containing different drugs to fight an array of heart ailments. Now, the first major long-term study of the concept is in the books—and researchers say it works, reports the BBC . The details are laid out...

Amid Increasing Drug Recalls, FDA Focuses on 2 Factories

Agency: Factories in China, India that made blood pressure drugs have equipment, process problems

(Newser) - With the significant number of drugs and drug ingredients made overseas, it's hard for the FDA to provide airtight oversight. But two plants in China and India that pump out oft-prescribed blood pressure and heart medications are now on the agency's radar after FDA tests revealed trace amounts...

It's Suddenly More Likely You Have High Blood Pressure

The stricter new standard: 130 over 80

(Newser) - The powers that be in the world of health have changed the standards on high blood pressure, and the upshot is that a significantly larger number of Americans are now at risk. As of now, anyone with a reading of 130 over 80 is considered to have high blood pressure,...

Smog Is Bad for Your Blood Pressure, Too

 Smog Is Bad for Your 
 Blood Pressure, Too 

Smog Is Bad for Your Blood Pressure, Too

Stay inside on smoggy days, scientist suggests

(Newser) - You probably don't need another reason to dislike smog, but here goes anyway: It can raise your blood pressure. "We discovered a significant risk of developing high blood pressure due to exposure to air pollution," such as coal burning, vehicle exhaust, and dirt and dust in the...

Woman Dies in Parking Lot After Dentist Pulls 16 Teeth

April Walters had several health problems but had been cleared for procedure

(Newser) - She was sick with several chronic conditions, but 46-year-old April Walters of Michigan had been cleared to have 18 teeth pulled last week. Now her family is looking for answers after she died in the parking lot of the dentist's office following the procedure. Walters suffered from sarcoidosis, asthma,...

How Old Is Your Heart? Odds Are It's Older Than You

Half of Americans have hearts that are at least 5 years older than their age

(Newser) - With one-third of Americans obese, the US now ranks 30th in the world for life expectancy, the New York Times noted earlier this year. So it may not come as a surprise that roughly half of Americans have hearts that are at least five years older than their actual age....

Want to Exercise Harder? Turn to Beet Juice
 Want to Exercise Harder? 
 Turn to Beet Juice 

Want to Exercise Harder? Turn to Beet Juice

Gatorade is so 2014

(Newser) - Want to exercise longer without feeling wiped out? A new study suggests adding beet juice to your diet. The research, published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , zeros in on nitrate, which is found in beet juice and converted to nitric oxide in the body;...

More Than 2 Drinks a Day? Your Stroke Risk Is Higher

It only takes exceeding 8 ounces of wine for men and 4 for women to see the effect

(Newser) - Looking forward to kicking back a few beers during the Super Bowl? And on Saturday? And tonight? Here's some news that could give those who have more than two drinks a day on a regular basis pause. Using 43 years of data on 11,644 same-sex Swedish twins, researchers...

Panel: Lay Off Blood Pressure Meds

Government study says we can raise the goal for adults

(Newser) - Americans can get away with a higher blood pressure goal than they have been, and should take fewer medications to get their high blood pressure under control, according to new guidelines released today by a government panel. After reviewing medical research that's been done since the last guidelines were...

High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells
High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells
study says

High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells

Scientists find cluster of cells that affect blood pressure

(Newser) - If you have high blood pressure, you've probably always blamed it on those few extra pounds or all that bacon you indulge in—but a new study finds that hypertension may not be completely under your control. Scientists in Sweden discovered a group of nerve cells in the brains...

Beta Blockers May Cut Alzheimer's Risk
Beta Blockers May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Beta Blockers May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Study finds fewer brain changes in those using blood pressure drugs

(Newser) - A class of drugs already widely used to control high blood pressure may also significantly reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that men who took beta blockers for hypertension had fewer signs of the brain shrinkage and other changes associated with...

Why Paralympic Athletes Break Their Own Bones cheat, basically

(Newser) - Top athletes will go to extremes to get a competitive edge, but a BBC look at Paralympians shows just how painful, and illegal, those extremes can be. It delves into "boosting," a practice in which these athletes, who have a physical disability, increase performance by upping their blood...

'Bizarre' Finding: Exercise May Be Bad for Some
'Bizarre' Finding: Exercise
May Be Bad for Some
study says

'Bizarre' Finding: Exercise May Be Bad for Some

About 1 in 10 end up with higher heart disease risks

(Newser) - Congratulations, couch potatoes: A new study might give you ammunition to rationalize your lack of exercise. The review of six studies found that 10% of regular exercisers ended up with worse levels of blood pressure or insulin, two indicators of heart disease, reports the New York Times . On the other...

Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now?
 Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now? 
study says

Wait, Salt's Not So Bad Now?

New study defies conventional wisdom, but experts not convinced

(Newser) - In a world with constantly changing nutritional guidelines (eggs are bad for you; no, they're good for you! ), one food has seemed to be consistently maligned: salt. But a new, and highly contested, study finds that low-salt diets do not prevent high blood pressure—and actually increase the...

New Surgery Drops Blood Pressure 30%

(Newser) - A new surgical technique can lower blood pressure by up to 30% by destroying tiny nerves in the arteries leading to the kidneys. These nerves regulate blood supply, but can be overactive in some patients, dangerously boosting blood pressure. This new procedure inserts a small probe through a catheter in...

Chilis May Lower Blood Pressure

Spicy food could counter hypertension: Study

(Newser) - Good news for spicy food lovers: Eating chili peppers may lower blood pressure over the long term. A new study, carried out on rats, is the first to establish a link between long-term ingestion of capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chilis spicy, and lowered blood pressure in animals predisposed to...

Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

Angiotensin-receptor blockers tied to 1.2% risk boost

(Newser) - A common class of blood pressure drugs may increase the risk of getting cancer, a new study has found. Various angiotensin-receptor blockers, but especially the drug Micardis, are associated with a 1.2% increased risk in cancer diagnosis 4 years after taking the drug. It's not clear if the increased...

Chocolate Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Small amount of dark chocolate daily lowers heart attack, stroke risk

(Newser) - Eating small amounts of chocolate may lower your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, according to new research out today. In a study of 19,000 middle-aged subjects, German scientists noted lower blood pressure in those who ate the most chocolate, accompanied by a 39% lower risk of...

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