Tag: blood pressure

Cocoa found to decrease elevated blood pressure and arterial stiffness

July 28, 2022

Cocoa has been found to reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness – but only if the two were elevated in the first place. According to the findings of a unique study by the University of Surrey (Surrey), UK, it is possible to use cocoa as a treatment for high blood pressure compared to some blood […]

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Light-emitting device tracks 150 blood pressure readings each week

January 21, 2022

A wearable device uses an unconventional method for convenient monitoring of blood pressure: in a process known as photoplethysmography, beams of green light shines through the skin and into arteries to detect changes in blood pressure. The wearable by Aktiia is shaped like a plain but fashionable bracelet and records up to 150 blood pressure […]

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Managing high blood pressure with renal nerve denervation

January 11, 2022

High blood pressure or hypertension is a serious problem that affects every three in 10 Malaysians with the condition, according to Professor Datin Dr. Chia Yook Chin, Immediate Past President of the Malaysia Society of Hypertension. “Around 1.4 million Malaysians have uncontrolled high blood pressure – whether it’s because they are unaware of their condition […]

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Diet supplemented with herbs and spices found to lower blood pressure

November 9, 2021

New research has found that adding herbs and spices to meals – instead of salt – not only makes food tastier but lowers blood pressure and significantly improves heart health as well. According to researchers at Pennsylvania State University, just 6.5 grams, or about 1.3 teaspoons, of herbs and spices a day offers people a […]

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Isometric resistance training shown to safely reduce high blood pressure

September 2, 2021

Isometric resistance training (IRT) is a type of strength training exercise that involves applying tension to muscles without movement of the surrounding joints, examples of which include wall sits or planks. IRT is different from traditional exercises where joints are put under strain and muscles lengthen/shorten – it can increase blood pressure during exercise, and […]

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Scientists find natural but elusive blood pressure sensor

August 4, 2021

A team the University of Virginia School of Medicine, a part of UVA Health Systems (UVA Health) have finally detected the location of cellular sensors that detect and respond to subtle changes in blood pressure – the natural barometers, or “baroreceptors,” exist in specialised kidney cells called renin cells; they are responsible for the release […]

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Some hypertension medicines may reduce memory loss in older adults

June 23, 2021

Older adults taking blood pressure-lowering medicines for hypertension that cross the blood-brain barrier were noticed to have better memory recall compared to those taking medicines that do not, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The medicines include angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium channel blockers and diuretics which […]

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Novel ultrasound therapy helps reduce blood pressure

May 17, 2021

Researchers led by Columbia University have demonstrated that an experimental ultrasound treatment – delivered to nerves near the kidney – successfully produced clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure. Called renal denervation, the brief pulses of ultrasound reportedly worked for people whose hypertension did not respond to a triple cocktail of medications. In a 2019 clinical […]

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Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

December 22, 2020

An expansive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, is the first to find that increasing differences in the blood pressure between each arm is linked to poorer cardiovascular health – the greater this differential in pressure, the greater the patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke and early death. Blood pressure rises […]

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Healthy lifestyle reduces heart attack, stroke risk after gestational diabetes: NIH study

November 8, 2017

Women who have had gestational diabetes may be able to reduce or even eliminate their risk for cardiovascular disease by following a healthy lifestyle in the years after giving birth, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers analysed data from the Nurses’ Health Study II following health habits and […]

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