Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage

In a nationwide study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of hundreds of participants in the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was more effective at slowing the accumulation of white matter lesions Continue Reading

Blood pressure recording over 24 hours is the best predictor of heart and vascular disease

High blood pressure is the most important treatable risk factor for diseases of the heart and the arterial system. Blood pressure recorded over 24 hours predicts these complications more accurately than blood pressure measured on a single occasion. That is the conclusion of an international study coordinated by Professors Jan Continue Reading

Blood pressure monitoring may one day be easy as taking a video selfie

Blood pressure monitoring might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal. Transdermal optical imaging measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos. Ambient light penetrates the skin’s outer layer allowing Continue Reading

Detoxify with acupressure: Top 7 pressure points to flush toxins and strengthen the immune system

An individual with recurring illnesses and chronic diseases may experience a build-up of toxins in the body. Their condition may also worsen if their diet consists of food that contains preservatives, which can hamper the normal functions of major organs in the body. If these organs aren’t in peak condition, the Continue Reading

Blood pressure can be significantly lowered in just one month with magnesium, study finds

A study found that everyday magnesium intake significantly reduces blood pressure in a month, reported the Daily Mail. It stated that taking the recommended dose of 300 milligrams (mg) for males lowered hypertension and boosted the flow of blood. Researchers suggested that people who suffer from, or are at-risk of, high Continue Reading

Peer pressure turnaround: New research shows a reduction in youth tobacco use when friends stage an intervention

Despite an abundance of smoking cessation aids available, many people struggle to kick this dangerous habit. It’s not surprising that some adults who have been smoking for decades cannot imagine living without their cigarettes, but are the chances any better of getting young people to abandon the habit? A study Continue Reading

After attacking coconut oil as “dangerous” and pushing blood pressure drugs as the solution, American Heart Association president suffers a heart attack

In what appears to be a clear case of irony, the president of the American Heart Association, John Warner, suffered what doctors say was a minor heart attack earlier this week after his organization advised Americans earlier this year to stop using butter in their foods and replace it with Continue Reading

Researchers discover how your skin regulates blood pressure and heart rate by changing temperature to alter blood flow

A group of scientists from the University of Cambridge and Karolinska Institute in Sweden has revealed that our skin plays an important role when it comes to regulating blood pressure and heart rate. Even though the discovery was made while observing mice, the researchers posit that the same also holds true for humans. The study Continue Reading

Counseling found to lower blood pressure almost as much as dangerous chemical medication

Before you reach for your statin medicine, try changing your lifestyle. This was the conclusion researchers at the American College of Cardiology made after finishing their first randomized, double-blind trial of alternative treatments for high blood pressure. Online behavioral therapy, also known as electronic counseling, was proven to decrease blood Continue Reading

FDA Recommends Dropping Low Blood Pressure Drug – Midodrine Hydrochloride (ProAmatine)

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) has recommended withdrawing the approval of ProAmatine (midodrine hydrochloride), a Shire Development Inc. medication for the treatment of orthostatic hypotension – a temporary drop in blood pressure (hypotension), usually due to suddenly standing up; when standing up the patient becomes dizzy or faints. Continue Reading