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High blood pressure, or hypertension, usually has no symptoms, but can seriously damage the body—raising the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and other problems. A healthy blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg. The first number (systolic pressure) is the pressure inside arteries when the heart is contracting; the second (diastolic pressure) measures the pressure when the heart is relaxed.

Hypertension News

  • Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

    Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.

  • Excess Salt a Factor in 2.3 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide

    Overabundant salt intake was a factor in nearly 2.3 million deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related causes that occurred worldwide in 2010, according to a new study. That number represents 15 percent of all heart-related deaths that year, the researchers said.

  • Blacks Who Take Vitamin D May See Dip in Blood Pressure

    Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests. “Compared with other races, blacks in the United States are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency and more likely to have high blood pressure,” said lead researcher Dr. John Forman, an assistant professor of medicine at the renal division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

  • Treating Kidneys With Radio Waves May Ease Tough-to-Control Hypertension

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — For patients whose high blood pressure cannot be controlled despite taking several medications, a short burst of radio waves at the nerves around the kidneys may do the trick, a small new study says. The treatment was effective for at least six months. The findings could be [...]

  • Common Heart Drug Might Dampen Some Autism Symptoms

    A medication typically prescribed to control high blood pressure that’s commonly referred to as a water pill may ease some of the symptoms of autism, researchers say. That’s especially true for people who have milder forms of the disorder, the new research indicates.

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