Blood Pressure

4pence-a-day BP pills can be effective in treating dementia

4pence-a-day BP pills can be effective in treating dementiaLondon, Dec 4 : Researchers have suggested that Amlodipine, a 4 pence-a-day cheap blood pressure capsule, could potentially help in beating vascular dementia that results from problems with the blood supply to the brain.

To test their hypothesis, scientists at the Queen's University Belfast will be holding a two-year 2.25 million-pound trial of the drug on almost 600 dementia patients, the Daily Express reported.


Technique incorporating meditation and yoga lowers high blood pressure

Technique incorporating meditation and yoga lowers high blood pressureWashington, Oct 16 : A new study has revealed that technique incorporating meditation and yoga can benefit patients with high blood pressure or 'prehypertension'.

The study by Joel W. Hughes , PhD, of Kent State (Ohio) University included 56 women and men diagnosed with prehypertension.


Cold weather affects blood pressure

Cold weather affects blood pressureLondon, May 21 : Cold weather affects blood pressure, shows a study that assessed a staggering 169,000 blood pressure measurements.

The study has found that some people's blood pressure is affected more by the cold weather and this blood pressure sensitivity to temperature may be a marker of early mortality, said a statement from the University of Glasgow.


Blood pressure trouble for 42 percent Keralites

Blood pressure trouble for 42 percent KeralitesThiruvananthapuram, April 5 : Kerala Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar Friday said 42 percent of Kerala's population suffers from high blood pressure. The minister was speaking ahead of World Health Day, which falls Sunday.

WHO's theme for health day this year is hypertension, or high blood pressure.


Pill taken by BP patients could halve dementia risk

Pill taken by BP patients could halve dementia risk London, Mar 6 : A blood pressure pill, which is taken by tens of thousands of patients, could be the key to beating Alzheimer's disease.

British scientists believe that the 3p a day tablet could slow progression of the disease and even combat devastating memory loss, the Daily Express reported.


Spanish cold soup Gazpacho may help bring down BP

Spanish cold soup Gazpacho may help bring down BP London, December 31: Researchers say a regular bowl of gazpacho soup could be the key to beating high blood pressure.

The cold Spanish dish is made up of a range of superfoods including tomato, cucumber, garlic and olive oil.


Going to bed one hour earlier could help ward off high BP

Going to bed one hour earlier could help ward off high BP  London, December 4 : People who were showing the early signs of high blood pressure were able to restore readings to healthy levels in just six weeks if they had an extra hour in bed every night, a new study found.


How younger sibling can make your blood pressure skyrocket

How younger sibling can make your blood pressure skyrocketLondon, Nov 15 : Scientists have found that older children suffer higher blood pressure when they have a younger sibling, according to a report.

Having a younger brother can raise blood pressure by 3 to 5.9 per cent, while a younger sister can result in a blood pressure increase of 3.8 per cent.


How kidney patients can manage nutrition and keep BP under control

How kidney patients can manage nutrition and keep BP under controlWashington, November 2 : Researchers including one of Indian origin have provided new information on diet and blood pressure in kidney disease patients in three new studies.

Nimrit Goraya from Texas A and M College of Medicine and her colleagues investigated whether adding fruits and vegetables to the diet can improve the health of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).


Small weight gain enough to raise BP

Small weight gain enough to raise BPWashington, Sept 7 - New research suggests that weight gain of just 1.5 pounds or 0.6 kg per year is fraught with risk, enough to raise blood pressure in college students, with young women being worse off.


New therapy knocks out high BP with radio waves

New therapy knocks out high BP with radio wavesLondon, Aug 27 - A radical new therapy could knock out high blood pressure by zapping the kidneys with radio waves, a new research demonstrates.

The procedure may be available early after trials produced dramatic improvements in the condition. It could be offering succour to the thousands of blood pressure patients who don't respond to drugs.


Prolonged fructose intake does not up blood pressure

Prolonged fructose intake does not up blood pressureWashington, Feb 14 : Eating fructose over an extended period of time does not lead to rise in blood pressure, researchers say.

Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have found that despite previous research showing blood pressure rose in humans immediately after they consumed fructose, there is no evidence fructose increases blood pressure when it has been eaten for more than seven days.


Blood pressure difference in both arms ‘could signal heart risk’

Blood pressure difference in both arms ‘could signal heart risk’Washington, Jan 30 : Differences in systolic blood pressure between arms could be a useful indicator of the likelihood of vascular risk and death, scientists have said.

The findings of the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), add support to the calls for both-arm blood pressure checks to be performed as standard.


New surgical procedure lowers blood pressure

New surgical procedure lowers blood pressureToronto, Jan 18 - A minimally invasive surgical procedure called renal denervation can significantly lower blood pressure (BP) in patients who are unable to control it with drugs.

The nearly painless procedure has been tried out for the first time by doctors at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) in Canada. It involves de-activating nerves located on the outside of the artery that feeds blood to the kidney, thereby lowering BP.


Restless legs syndrome ups hypertension risk in women

Restless legs syndrome ups hypertension risk in womenWashington, Oct 11 : Middle-aged woman with restless legs syndrome may have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, according to new research.

RLS is a common yet under-recognized sensory motor disorder characterized by intense, unpleasant leg sensations, and an irresistible urge to move the legs. RLS symptoms can lead to poor sleep and daytime drowsiness. It affects as many as 15 percent of the adult population.


High or low salt intake during pregnancy can retard kids’ kidney development

High or low salt intake during pregnancy can retard kids’ kidney developmentWashington, July 7 : Be it too much or too little, salt intake during pregnancy can have an adverse effect on the prenatal development of the offspring’s kidneys, according to a new animal study from Europe.

The consequence of such disturbance can lead to high blood pressure in later years.


Singing lowers patient''s BP prior to surgery

Singing lowers patient''s BP prior to surgery Washington, Mar 31: A case study has reported that singing lowers patient''s blood pressure prior to surgery.

Doctors found that singing reduced the blood pressure of a 76-year-old woman who had experienced severe preoperative hypertension prior to total knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis (OA).


Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to higher BP

 Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to higher BP Washington, Mar 1 : A new study has revealed that soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as fruit drinks are associated with higher blood pressure levels in adults.


Eating blueberries ‘can guard against high BP’

 Eating blueberries ‘can guard against high BP’ Washington, Jan 15 : A new research by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University has suggested that eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure.


Exposure to room light before bedtime may impact sleep quality, BP

 Exposure to room light before bedtime may impact sleep quality, BP Washington, Jan 13 : Exposure to electrical light between dusk and bedtime strongly suppresses melatonin levels and may impact physiologic processes regulated by melatonin signaling, such as sleepiness, thermoregulation, blood pressure and glucose homeostasis, according to a new study.


Whey supplements ‘significantly reduce blood pressure’

Whey supplements ‘significantly reduce blood pressure’Washington, Dec 09 : A Washington State University study has found that beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.


‘Smooth muscles’ play major role in heart problems, stroke

 ‘Smooth muscles’ play major role in heart problems, stroke London, Nov 22 : Scottish scientists have found the causes of serious conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

The researchers are investigating the role of "smooth" muscles, which are found inside organs such as the stomach and bladder.


Watermelon lowers blood pressure

Watermelon lowers blood pressureWashington, Oct 14 - Watermelon, apart from being rich in nutrients, has been found to lower pre-hypertension, a precursor to cardio diseases.

Assistant professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi of the Florida State University conducted the study on the health benefits of watermelon.


Loneliness raises blood pressure: research

LonelinessLondon, March 18 : Lonely people are more prone to developing high blood pressure in later life, say researchers.

It has been found that chronic feelings of loneliness push up blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years in people aged over 50, reports dailymail. co. uk.

A new study is the first to show a direct link between loneliness and high blood pressure, known as hypertension, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.


BP lowering drug reduces heart attack risk

BP lowering drug reduces heart attack riskLondon, Sept 1 : Telmisartan - a medication used to lower blood pressure - reduces the outcome of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke in people who are unable to tolerate a widely available and effective standard treatment, according to an international study led by Canadian researchers.


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