(KTSDESIGN/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Medication can play a huge role in reducing high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and other serious health problems. Yet given the wide selection of drugs for doctors to choose from, figuring out which drug works best for someone is difficult. But researchers may have found…

(cglade, iStockphoto) Some people go to the doctor and find the intake so nerve-wracking their blood pressure spikes. Others find the routine relaxing, as they’re asked to rest for a moment and breathe easy before a blood pressure cuff is wrapped around their arm. People with borderline hypertension in both categories should confirm the readings…

(Bruno Weltmann via DepositPhotos) People who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later, a small study has found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, enrolled 34 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40….

(Photo by Kittisak Jirasittichai/EyeEm, Getty Images) High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no obvious warning signs. That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren’t worried about having a heart attack or stroke, according to a new survey. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, greatly…

Dr. Brent Egan is the American Heart Association’s 2019 recipient of the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award. (Photo courtesy of Medical University of South Carolina) Dr. Brent Egan is on a mission to prevent and control high blood pressure, focusing on medically underserved, lower-income and black communities. Egan started working in South Carolina in 1992,…

(Stephanie Phillips, iStock) Slash sodium from your diet. That’s the advice inevitably given to everyone. Restricting sodium intake has been key to reducing blood pressure. Now researchers may have found an underlying mechanism to explain why. Scientists examined hundreds of metabolites – substances produced during digestion – from blood samples drawn in a study among…

(kimberlywood, Getty Images) If you have high blood pressure, chances are you’ve been told to cut back on salt. You might even be taking medication. These are good strategies, as nearly half of all adults in the United States work to keep hypertension at bay. What if there were an easier way to make sure…

John Singleton at the Academy Awards in 2009. (Photo by Frazer Harrison, Getty Images) Filmmaker John Singleton was hailed for his ability to portray black Americans’ lives on screen. His death drew attention to one of the biggest threats posed to those lives. Singleton, who was nominated for an Oscar for directing “Boyz N the Hood,” suffered…

(Henglein and Steets, Getty Images)A child diagnosed with high blood pressure should continue seeking treatment when he or she becomes an adult – and a newly published review looks at the medical guidelines that can help with the transition. A comparison of the separate blood pressure guidelines for children and adults found that efforts to…

(Claudia Totir, Getty Images) Adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study of rats. While findings in animals may not translate to humans, researchers of the new study – released Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension – hope…