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Blood Pressure News Roundup

A selection of interesting articles from the press related to blood pressure for the week ending 5th November 2004

1/ Hypertension can muddle your mind on Fort Wayne by JAN JARVIS

Comment: Reports on a study which found that mental function declines when blood pressure rises. Personally, I used to get high blood pressure headaches due to my high blood pressure, and they definitely “muddled my mind”.

The “funny” thing is, I think one of the reasons I resisted being diagnosed with high blood pressure, is that I thought that the drugs would “slow me down” … and as a result slow my mind down. This was an uneducated opinion, and they have done nothing of the sort, but the fact is I believed that having lower blood pressure due to drugs would cause “mental function declines”.

I had the whole thing backwards.

2/ Viagra Study Spotlights Pulmonary Hypertension on PRNewsWire

Comment: This story caught my eye … I started wondering if my Doctor would be prescribing me Viagra in the future. However, it is for Pulmonary hypertension, which according to the press release is: “an illness in which the blood pressure in the lungs rises above normal levels”

3/ Gene may account for range of ills on Daily Times

Comment: Doctors are reporting that a gene could be responsible for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight. I am tempted to blame that gene, but I think that personally, my lifestyle choices were responsible for my high blood pressure and being (a bit!) overweight. Sounds like a nasty little gene if you get stuck with it.

4/ Home Monitors Underestimate Kids’ Blood Pressure on Yahoo by Reuters Health

Comment: The title says it all. The good news is that it sounds like they have done similar studies with adults. The article says “In contrast to what is known in adults — whose home and ambulatory blood pressure readings generally match “


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