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A sudden rise in blood pressure doesn’t mean you’re about to have a heart attack unless you’re also suffering chest pains, severe headache, nausea or shortness of breath at the same time.
Eating salt is bad for our heart, right? Wrong. Despite all the public health warnings, the very reverse seems to be true—salt could prevent a heart attack and stroke. Only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) need to mind their salt intake, say researchers.
If you think potatoes can be part of your five-a-day (or seven-a-day if you’re serious), think again. Eating them four times a week increases your chances of developing hypertension, or raised blood pressure, a new study has found.
High sugar levels in the blood cause arteries to narrow
Women who take the contraceptive pill-and also smoke, or have high blood pressure or have a history of migraine-run a high risk of having a life-threatening stroke, and should be encouraged to use a different method of birth control
ACE inhibitors-common drugs for treating high blood pressure-can be killers in black patients, researchers have discovered
It's better than drugs: one session of acupuncture can significantly lower blood pressure levels of people who are hypertensive (high blood pressure) for up to six weeks