Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

A large meta-analysis of over 360,000 adults and 90,000 newly diagnosed hypertensives found that men who averaged 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day had an increased risk for high blood pressure (RR 1.2). As their alcohol intake increased, so did their hypertension risk. In...
Gut Microbiome Mediates Hypertension

Gut Microbiome Mediates Hypertension

In mouse experiments, researchers have found a high-salt diet leads to depletion of a species of Lactobacillus in the gut, which in turn increases particular lymphocytes that result in a rise in blood pressure (and type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis). Supplementation...
New Hypertension Guidelines

New Hypertension Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have defined three new categories of hypertension: Elevated blood pressure: 120-129 mm Hg systolic, <80 mm Hg diastolic Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139 mm Hg systolic or 80-89 mm Hg diastolic Stage...
Hypertension and its Burden of Disease

Hypertension and its Burden of Disease

Researchers estimate that 874 million adults worldwide have a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher. Analyzing data from 844 population-based studies in 154 countries between 1990 and 2015, scientists attempted to assess the relationship of hypertension to...
10 Controllable Risk Factors Can Prevent Most Strokes

10 Controllable Risk Factors Can Prevent Most Strokes

One of the leading causes of death and disability in the world is stroke. Researchers have found there are 10 controllable risk factors that account for 90% of all strokes globally. Hypertension is the cause of 39-60% of strokes (varies among regions). The other nine...
“Highly Inaccurate” BP Readings

“Highly Inaccurate” BP Readings

Most of us love smartphone apps! Yet, Instant Blood Pressure, which has sold over 148,000 copies was carefully evaluated for accuracy at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Researchers found it significantly underestimated those with high blood pressure and...

Set Down That Salt Shaker

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 90% of U.S. school children consume too much sodium each day. It may come as a surprise that only 10 common foods contribute 40% of the sodium eaten by children. Check out the great resources and...
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