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Hypertension and Stroke

Yoga: A Natural Blood Pressure Reducer

Yoga often combines physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. In recent years, yoga has grown in popularity for both its gentle, low-impact approach and its associated health benefits, including lower blood pressure.

Treating Stroke Just 15 Minutes Earlier Reduces Deaths and Disability

Every 15 minutes shaved off the time it takes to treat a person having a stroke can measurably improve the patient’s outcome, according to a recent study in JAMA.

Advancing the Treatment of Stroke

Stroke care is rapidly evolving, as evidenced by updated treatment guidelines issued last year by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The guidelines include new recommendations that will make it possible for more stroke patients to receive critical medical treatments that might mean the difference between living with a disability or achieving a full recovery.

Watch Out for A-fib

Atrial fibrillation is a risk factor for stroke. Can you rely on the Apple Watch to detect it?

Can Weight Loss Reverse Atrial Fibrillation?

For people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation (AF)-a risk factor for stroke-shedding some pounds may help reverse the course of the condition, according to a 2018 study in the journal Europace.

Risk of Falls Increases When Blood Pressure Is Too Low

If you take medication for hypertension and feel faint or dizzy, tell your doctor. It may be a sign that your blood pressure is dropping too low, which can cause falls, according to a 2018 study published in ...

Better Blood Pressure Testing, More Accurate Results

Much research shows that blood pressure measurement, as typically done in medical settings, is often not as accurate as it should be and that many people may thus be misdiagnosed as having-or not having-hypertension. Usually the results err in being too high, meaning that people may be put on medication unnecessarily. To address this problem, this…

Lifestyle Measures to Reduce the Risk of Stroke

Results from two recent studies provide more evidence that a healthful diet and exercise can reduce the risk of stroke-and more.

More Evidence that Exercise Helps Control Blood Pressure

Exercise programs may reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension as much as first-line medication does, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Resolved Atrial Fibrillation Doesn’t Eliminate Stroke Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat erratically, which can trigger ischemic strokes, the most common type. Normal heart rhythm can be restored with medical therapy, or may happen spontaneously. However, disturbed heart rhythm may recur, suggesting that people with resolved AF remain at risk, a team of British researchers discovered.