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Salt Intake and Health Risk in Climate Change Vulnerable Coastal Bangladesh: What Role Do Beliefs and Practices Play?

High blood pressure is the major risk factor of cardiovascular diseases especially heart diseases and stroke. In South East Asia, an estimated 36% adults have hypertension. In Bangladesh more than 27% of all deaths are thought to be associated with cardiovascular diseases…

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Polypill may help prevent cardiovascular disease in patients 50 years and older

Researchers have found that so-called cardiovascular “polypills” may be effective as primary therapy to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients aged 50 years and older. “This is an important study but should not be considered as proof of concept, as the authors themselves have acknowledged several limitations, including lack of… 

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Pistachios may reduce blood pressure in patients with dyslipidemia

Nut consumption is associated with significant reductions in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and mortality. Now, a recent study has found that a diet containing 1 serving per day of pistachios reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 4.8 mmHg compared with a control diet. Furthermore, 2 servings of pistachios… 

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Blunted morning BP surge may increase risk of cardiovascular events in hypertensive patients

Due to the increased morning incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events, researchers have hypothesized that surges in blood pressure (BP) in the early morning hours may raise the risk of CV events such as myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and sudden cardiac death. “This study adds to the growing body of information… 

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More studies needed before recommending vitamin D for hypertensive patients

Experimental animal and epidemiological studies have clearly shown an association between low levels of vitamin D and hypertension. However, there is not enough evidence to support recommending vitamin D to hypertensive patients to reduce blood pressure, according to a recently published review. “There are a few reports demonstrating the beneficial… 

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Overtreatment of blood pressure in patients with diabetes mellitus sometimes as common as undertreatment

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that utilization of a clinical action measure was useful in detecting over- and undertreatment of blood pressure (BP) in patients with diabetes mellitus, with similar rates in each clinical scenario. “The problem with blood pressure control to optimum levels… 

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Adherence to 7 cardiovascular health metrics lowers risk of premature death

Meeting 7 recommendations for improving cardiovascular health could prevent premature deaths. Key Point: Adherence to a series of healthy behaviors can protect against premature overall and cardiovascular mortality. Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 3 time periods (1988-1994, 1999-2004, 2005-2010) to assess… 

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