Walking could reduce blood pressure

Researchers in the United States (US) have found that people who walk more also have lower blood pressure. The researchers from the University of California in San Francisco in the US presented these findings at this year’s American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, Together with World Congress of Cardiology in Chicago, Illinois. The study found a link between how much a person walks each day and their blood pressure levels. This confirms existing notions that keeping active was good for cardiovascular health, the ‘Medical News Today’ reported. Abnormally high…

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Long work-hour increases high blood pressure risk

Researchers in Canada have said that office workers who spend long hours on the job were more likely to have high blood pressure, including a type that can go undetected during a routine medical appointment. Findings of the study were published yesterday in ‘Hypertension,’ a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA). Compared with colleagues who worked fewer than 35 hours a week, working 49 or more hours each week was linked to a 70 per cent greater likelihood of having masked hypertension and 66 per cent greater likelihood of…

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‘Home blood pressure monitors unreliable’

A recent Canadian study from the University of Alberta has shown that home blood pressure monitors are 100 per cent accurate only about 30 per cent of the time. The researchers however pointed out that this development was not good because high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.…

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Good blood pressure control cuts memory loss

Scientists have raised hope of preventing dementia, saying ensuring a good blood pressure control would help to put memory loss at bay. While disclosing this in a presentation at the Annual meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association, which held Illinois, Chicago, United States (US) from July 22 to 26, the researchers said people may be able to control to lower their risk of dementia through lowering their blood pressure. According to the new guideline for the measurement of high blood pressure issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) last year, a…

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Blood pressure drug linked to skin cancer

People who take a certain water pill prescribed to control fluid retention and treat high blood pressure may be more likely to get skin cancer than other individuals. According to a Danish study, while the drug, hydrochlorothiazide, has long been linked to an increased risk of sunburns, the current study offers fresh evidence that this commonly prescribed medication may also make people more likely to develop two types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. For the study, researchers examined national prescription registry data on hydrochlorothiazide use…

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