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March 24, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
For decades, it has been commonly thought that routine therapy for high blood pressure began with the doctor's prescription for anti-hypertensive drugs. This reflex response has made anti-hypertensive agents into a financial bonanza for drug companies. But while drug therapy for high blood pressure is often effective, it has always existed alongside a variety of drug-free alternatives, including dietary modification, exercise and biofeedback.
Why are some patients able to keep their high blood pressure under control while others wind up in the hospital with a severe and dangerous medical emergency? Lack of a primary-care doctor is the most important factor that puts such patients at risk of severe, uncontrolled hypertension, a new study of minority patients reports. Lack of health insurance also is a risk factor, suggesting the importance of financial barriers to care.
December 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
White-coat hypertension--blood pressure that is high only in the doctor's office--is not just a harmless case of the nerves but may signal early heart damage that should not be ignored, new research suggests. The condition may require treatment either with diet and exercise or medication, Italian researchers say. The study by researchers at the University of Insubria in Varese, Italy, appears in today's edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.
One of the obstacles in treating hypertension is getting people to take it seriously, partly because of myths such as these: * Myth: Hypertension only strikes people who eat high-cholesterol, high-sodium foods and who don't get enough exercise. Such traits certainly are associated with high blood pressure, but many people with good lifestyle habits develop high blood pressure. * Myth: High blood pressure starts at a certain "magic number."
March 25, 2002 | From Reuters
Reporting on a study that spanned three decades, researchers said Sunday that drinking an average of two cups of coffee per day is not likely to play a significant role in causing high blood pressure. "Over many years of follow-up, coffee drinking is associated with small increases in blood pressure but appears to play a small role in the development of hypertension," said the report from Johns Hopkins University.
August 26, 1997 | J.J. POPE and MIMI KO CRUZ
Tustin Police Chief W. Douglas Franks has officially retired, about a year after being placed on administrative leave. Last week, the city began giving Franks about $1,100 a month in advance payments until the state's Public Employees Retirement System begins its disability retirement payments. The city will then be reimbursed by the system for the money it has spent, officials said.
May 10, 1990 | TONI TIPTON
Hypertension experts gathered in Long Beach last week to present research that proves a link between sodium intake and high blood pressure for all Americans, despite claims that the relationship only affects a minority. Researchers at the Fifth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Hypertension in Blacks explained that hypertension, one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, is a "populationwide problem."
April 24, 1995 | from Associated Press
Americans spend billions of dollars a year on costly new blood pressure drugs that are not proven superior to cheaper medications, a study says. "The last 10 to 12 years have shown some remarkable changes in the proportion of different types of hypertension drugs used," said Dr. Jeffrey A. Cutler, a federal researcher and the study's co-author.
June 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Hypertension patients can significantly reduce their risk of heart attack by aiming for a blood pressure even lower than what doctors traditionally advise, a new study reports. The five-year international study, led by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was conducted to help doctors determine just how low they need to go in treating patients with high blood pressure and reducing cardiovascular diseases and deaths.
December 17, 1985 | MICHAEL BALTER, Balter, a former science editor at UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences, lives in Los Angeles. and
The patient, a 12-year-old girl, had been suffering from periodic bouts of sweating, headaches and stomachaches. Over the past two or three months, the child had lost 20 pounds, and she complained about not being able to see well. At one time her blood pressure measured normal, but now it was 220/160, dangerously high. Puzzled by the girl's symptoms, her doctor, a local pediatrician, called Dr. Ellin Lieberman, chief of the nephrology division at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
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