Reduced daily salt intake associated with decreased blood pressure and rates of stroke and heart disease (dailyRx News) Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability around the world, and most cases are due to diet and lifestyle factors. But which factors matter the most? A recent study found that the average blood…

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Stroke survivors with controlled blood pressure experienced fewer second strokes (dailyRx News) High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for stroke. Yet new research suggests many people who’ve already had a stroke may need better blood pressure control. In a recent study, less than one third of stroke survivors had their blood…

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High blood pressure readings at home rather than a clinic may identify likely heart trouble (dailyRx News) High blood pressure can be a “masked” villain. Readings at a clinic may show normal blood pressure levels, while home readings may give a more accurate view of cardiovascular health. A new study found that patients who had…

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Atrial fibrillation patients may reduce stroke risk and severity of stroke with anticoagulants (dailyRx News) Stroke risk runs high for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Taking blood thinners, however, may not only lower this risk, it may reduce the likelihood of brain damage if stroke happens anyway. Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common irregular heart…

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Clopidogrel and low dose aspirin reduced stroke risk (dailyRx News) Many drugs that prevent blood clots are used to reduce stroke risk, but which therapies are the most effective? A recent review of previous trials examined which combination of drugs was tied to the greatest reduction in stroke numbers. Researchers found that a dual therapy…

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