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Pre-Existing Hypertension Linked To Depression In Pregnant Women

Women with a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant have a higher risk of depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study. The study, which appears in General Health Psychiatry, looked at 2,398 women receiving prenatal care at an obstetrics clinic in Seattle, Washington, evaluating them for depressive symptoms […]

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Potatoes Reduce Blood Pressure In People With Obesity And High Blood Pressure

The potato’s stereotype as a fattening food for health-conscious folks to avoid is getting another revision today as scientists report that just a couple servings of spuds a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal without causing weight gain. Scientists reported on the research, done on a group of overweight people with high […]

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High Blood Pressure And Other Vascular Diseases In Middle Age Can Damage Cognition Later In Life

High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking in middle age can cause vascular damage, decrease brain volume, and cause cognitive decline later in life, a study led by researchers at UC Davis has found. The study is published in the Aug. 2 issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Charles DeCarli, M.D.

High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Smoking, And Obesity In Middle Age May Shrink Brain And Damage Thinking

A new study suggests smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight in middle age may cause brain shrinkage and lead to cognitive problems up to a decade later. The study is published in the August 2, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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New Study Illuminates The Impact Of Specific Lifestyle Variations On Hypertension

Evidence continues to build that lifestyle modifications help control blood pressure (BP) levels. Data evaluating the consumption of coffee and alcohol and the impact of low fitness levels will be presented at the American Society of Hypertension, Inc.’s 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2011) and will be featured in the May 22 ASH […]

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Excessive Pregnancy Weight Gain Can Lead To Long-Term Obesity

Gaining more than the recommended weight during pregnancy can put women at increased risk of becoming obese and developing related health problems, including high blood pressure, later in life. These are the latest findings from researchers at the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)/Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol. The […]

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Religious Activity Does Not Lower Blood Pressure

Contrary to some earlier studies, a Loyola University Health System study has found that religious activity does not help protect against high blood pressure. A survey of 200 residents of Maywood, Il., found no statistically significant association between most measures of religiosity and lower blood pressure. And in one measure of religiosity, bringing religion into […]

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