High Blood Pressure

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Garland Doctor Is Prescribing Dog Walking For Patients

A family doctor at Baylor Garland is finding success treating her patients’ high blood pressure by advising those patients to get a dog.


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New Study Says Statins May Lead Some Patients To Pig Out

Ten years of U.S. data suggest cholesterol-lowering statins are giving patients a license to pig out. Calorie and fat intake increased among statin users during the decade — an indication many patients might be abandoning heart-healthy lifestyles.


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Stents May Not Help Treat Clogged Kidney Arteries

New research raises serious questions about a very common medical procedure — placing a stent to prop open a narrowed kidney artery.


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CDC: U.S. Kids Eat Too Much Salt, As Much As Adults

American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac.


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Typical Elderly Diseases Now In Young Patients

Doctors have noticed an upsetting trend. Disease typically associated with old age — like osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease — are being found in younger patients.


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Study Suggests Taking Blood Pressure In Both Arms

If you take the advice of a new study, it might be a good idea to get your blood pressure checked in both arms.


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Know The Early Warning Signs Of A Stroke

Stroke patients are getting much younger, and it is almost always tied to high blood pressure.


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Gov’t Advising Americans To Cut Down On Salt

The government is telling half of the U.S. population to drastically cut their daily salt intake. That’s the advice to consumers — and the food industry — as the government issues new dietary guidelines.