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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.

What to Do When High Blood Pressure Won’t Budge

There's plenty most people can do to lower elevated blood pressure, including healthy lifestyle changes and a variety of different classes of hypertension medications. But even those strategies aren't enough for some people, and their blood pressure remains high, a condition called resistant hypertension. Here's the latest advice on how to treat it.

Surprising Findings on Alcohol and Stroke Risk

Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and the risks of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular ills. They suggest ...

Mirror Therapy May Improve Paralysis in Stroke Patients

Mirror therapy may provide some improvement in the ability to move limbs affected by stroke, according to a recent review of the scientific literature on this rehabilitative treatment.

Rethinking the Health Benefits of Alcohol

Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and health. It found that overall, the standard definition of moderate drinking- one to two drinks per day-was linked to increased risk of certain cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.