Positive trial results show ultrasound energy can treat high blood pressure

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A procedure called renal denervation resulted in medication-free blood pressure control in over a third of trial patients

A promising new study is documenting the long-term effects of a novel surgical procedure using ultrasound to reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension. It’s hoped the one-off procedure, called renal denervation, could offer patients an alternative option to taking hypertension drugs.

Renal denervation has been in development for almost a decade, however inconsistent clinical trial results have slowed the progress of this novel surgical procedure. The treatment involves delivering ultrasound pulses to nerves in the walls of renal arteries. This procedure has been found to reduce blood pressure, particularly in cases where hypertension has not effectively responded to traditional medications.

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Almost 1 in 5 Young Adults in the U.S. Has High Blood Pressure

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Being overweight or obese is a well-known risk factor for high blood pressure.

Expanding waistlines and higher body mass index of young adults are causing unexpected problems, including an increase in diabetes, kidney disease and even arthritis say federal health officials.

 

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Eating More Salt Could Lower Chances of Heart Disease: Study

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In the eight-year study, people with the lowest salt intake had the highest rate of death from heart disease.

Eating a diet high in salt may not be as bad for you as first thought and could even reduce chances of heart disease.  The controversial findings question the push by authorities to get people to cut consumption.

 

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High Blood Pressure in Kids Linked to Secondhand Smoke

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Secondhand smoke linked to high blood pressure in kids.

Young kids who live with a parent who smokes face an increased risk for developing high blood pressure while still children, a new study has found. Warning that children with high blood pressure often become adults with the same problem, the researchers suggested that secondhand smoke poses a substantial and long-term risk to the cardiovascular welfare of young children.

 

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Scientists Discover High Blood Pressure Switch That Could One Day Be Turned Off

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Mechanism in body found that causes high blood pressure. 

A mechanism in the body that causes high blood pressure has been uncovered by British scientists in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for the condition.  Researchers have found for the first time a key step in how the body controls blood pressure and so how the process sometimes goes wrong.

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Brazilians Told to Have More Sex to Avoid High Blood Pressure

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Brazilians can fight off chronic illness by engaging regularly in physical exercise, and particularly in sexual intercourse, the country’s health minister said.

“People need to be active. A weekend football game must not be the only physical activity for a Brazilian. Adults need to do exercise: walk, dance and have safe sex,” said Jose Gomes Temporao.

 

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Studies Find Meditation Could Be An Antidote For High Blood Pressure and Depression

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The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales in 1967

It was embraced by The Beatles and became synonymous with the 1960s hippy lifestyle of peace and love.  Now medical experts believe transcendental meditation could be used to treat high blood pressure and psychological problems.

 

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China Faces World’s Biggest Diabetes Epidemic

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Obese patients wash their plates after lunch at the Aimin Fat Reduction Hospital in Tianjin, China.  China now faces a whole new problem: the world’s biggest diabetes epidemic.

After working overtime to catch up to life in the West, China now faces a whole new problem: the world’s biggest diabetes epidemic. One in 10 Chinese adults already have the disease and another 16% are on the verge of developing it, according to a new study. The finding nearly equals the U.S. rate of 11% and surpasses other Western nations, including Germany and Canada.

 

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