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Blood pressure refers to how hard the blood is pushing against the wall of arteries. Blood pressure refers to how hard the blood is pushing against the wall of arteries. Image Point Fr/Shutterstock

Health Check: what do my blood pressure numbers mean?

If you’re an adult and have ever visited a doctor, you’ve probably had your blood pressure measured. General practitioners tend to obsess over blood pressure. But with good reason: hypertension, or persistently…
There’s no proof blood pressure-lowering drugs prevent heart attacks in people with mild hypertension – but they could. There’s no proof blood pressure-lowering drugs prevent heart attacks in people with mild hypertension – but they could. The Clear Communication.../Flickr

Mild high blood pressure: are we treating too many people?

An article in this week’s issue of the British Medical Journal calls into question a common practice: treatment of mild high blood pressure. The authors argue that lowering the drug threshold for high…
Soluble versions of common medications such as aspirin may increase risk of cardiovascular problems. Soluble versions of common medications such as aspirin may increase risk of cardiovascular problems. Pierre Guinoiseau

Salt in soluble drugs increases risk of heart attacks and strokes

The salt found in common effervescent and soluble drugs may be exposing consumers to an increased risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the BMJ today. The study found it’s possible…

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Volunteering lowers hypertension

Seniors can lower their blood pressure by volunteering more than 200 hours each year. The Carmellon University study found…