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Blood Pressure News Roundup

A selection of interesting articles from the press related to blood pressure for the week ending 26th November 2004.

Please note: the author is not a medical professional, but a patient with high blood pressure. Nothing on this website should be taken as medical advice, please read the full disclaimer. My personal recommendation is if you suspect you have high blood pressure, you should immediately talk to your doctor about it. I did, and they made me feel 100% better.

1/ Drugs firms ‘are scaring people for profit’ By Health Telegraph

Comment: I certainly wouldn’t want to stand between a drug company and a profit!

Reports on a speech made by a senior member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She said that, because of the industry’s campaigns, she was seeing large numbers of patients who were “inappropriately worried” about their health

I think I belong(ed) to a different category … people who are “inappropriately not worried” about their health!

2/ Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) By Health Central

Comment: Not a news article, but a nice link full of information about hypertension; a description of hypertension, risks, how it is diagnosed, drugs and non-drug treatments.

3/ Joe Montana Leads Fight Against High Blood Pressure By Janice Billingsley on HealthDay Reporter

Comment: Football great urges people to get checked for hypertension.

4/ Yoga Gets Hearts Healthy Peggy Peck on WebMD Medical News

Comment: Reports on a study done by Yale University School of Medicine that showed that doing yoga and meditation 3 times a week can help lower blood pressure. “And, it doesn’t take years of lotus positions and meditation to see improvement — the study volunteers had measurable improvement in just six weeks, he says” … which is good news since I have seen some yoga experts in action, and I would snap if I tried to do what they were doing!


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