Pharmacies are chock-full of prescription drugs to treat high blood pressure, and so are patients’ medicine cabinets. They can work well to keep blood pressure down if taken as directed, which most patients do not do. Failure to take high blood pressure medication as prescribed is so prevalent that medical device companies, including Minnesota-run Medtronic and California’s ReCor Medical, think there’s a billion-dollar market in selling machines to treat it with a medical procedure called renal denervation. Minnesota is a hotbed for clinical research into using devices to treat high blood pressure, in part because of strong interest from the patients, said Dr. Yale Wang, a researcher at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Wang is an investigator in several such trials, including a ReCor Medical study that began in March. The results of these trials will be critical as proponents of renal denervation try to overcome resistance to the therapy in the medical … [Read more...] about High blood pressure is billion-dollar target for device makers
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A half hour of moderate to vigorous exercise at the start of the day may help lower blood pressure for the remainder of the day among people who are overweight or obese, according to a study published in the journal Hypertension. The study also found that taking frequent breaks from sitting throughout the day enhances the beneficial effect of exercise on blood pressure. But that effect was seen only among women. “For both men and women, the magnitude of reduction in average systolic blood pressure following exercise and breaks in sitting, approached what might be expected from antihypertensive medication in this population to reduce the risk of death from heart disease and stroke,” said Michael Wheeler, the study’s lead author, in a released statement. “This reduction was greater for women,” he added. Wheeler is a doctoral student in physical activity and behavioral epidemiology at the University of Western Australia. The study adds to a substantial … [Read more...] about Morning exercise may lower blood pressure in overweight people, study finds
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By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 14, 2018 at 10:03 am | UPDATED: November 14, 2018 at 10:23 am For the third time this year, the FDA is recalling a blood pressure medication due to a carcinogenic contaminant in the drug that might cause cancer. Get ready to check the medicine cabinet for losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide tablets made by Sandoz because the pills may contain an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), the FDA reports. This substance is a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The voluntary recall only involves the 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets and does not include other versions of the drug, sometimes sold under the brand name Hyzaar. If you take Sandoz’s losartan potassium, look on the 1000-count plastic bottle for the lot number. If it has the lot number JB8912, then you have the recalled pills. However, both the FDA and the American Heart … [Read more...] about FDA recalls another blood pressure medication
A mum from Ealing says she has found the Holy Grail of getting off the dreaded blood pressure tablets that so many middle aged people now have to take every day. Ealing Council and the local NHS spend thousands of pounds each year on public health campaigns and even more on giving out blood pressure pills. But mother-of-two Louise Buchanan who runs a successful online website selling beads, says her life has improved 100% since making some small changes earlier this year. Critically, her blood pressure has dropped from high to normal levels, allowing her to ditch the tablets. In January this year Louise, who is just 5ft 4ins, weighed 12 stone, making her 'overweight' according to official NHS figures. But by Easter, the weight had fallen off and she was just under ten stone, making her a 'healthy' weight. For the first time, Louise was able to get into size 10 skirt that had been hanging in her wardrobe for years. The back problems she had suffered with for years also cleared up. "On … [Read more...] about Could this be the secret to getting off blood pressure tablets?