ad info

CNNin
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 LOCAL
 POLITICS
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 AIDS
 Alternative
 Cancer
 Diet & Fitness
 Heart
 Men
 Seniors
 Women
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

  CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
Health

High blood pressure: Newest research explores prevention, treatment

pressure test September 17, 1998
Web posted at: 6:24 p.m. EDT (2224 GMT)

From Correspondent Louise Schiavone

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) -- Health experts meeting this week at the annual conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research say the latest studies offer new methods to prevent and even reverse high blood pressure, especially among those at risk.

Roughly 50 million Americans are plagued by high blood pressure, risking heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and eye damage.

Since African Americans are often prone to high blood pressure, Dawn Wilson focused on black teen-agers in her research.

"We were able to show in our group that there were 30 percent of healthy African-American teens who were already showing elevated night-time blood pressure," said Wilson, an associate professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She urged her sample group not to stop eating foods they enjoy, but to add potassium-rich foods, including fruits, nuts, vegetables and yogurt to their diets. Blood pressure dropped for those who did.

While the approach may help some people, doctors agree that in the general population, old habits die hard.

foods
Latest research suggests eating more potassium-rich foods  

Specialists say patients tire of messages about healthy lifestyle changes and doctors tire of delivering messages that are ignored. But genetic research may help to alert those at risk to pay attention.

This new research shows a mutated gene can double the risk of stroke. If supported by further studies, this discovery could lead to new treatments and ultimately help avert strokes.

"The first thing you need to do is get your blood pressure under control, keep a healthy lifestyle in terms of some regular exercise; don't smoke," said Dr. Klaus Lindpaintner of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Italian researchers have found that consuming vitamin C may also help by easing vessel constriction in high blood pressure patients.

Dr. Giuseppe Lembo of the University of Naples suggested a diet with more fruit, more vitamin C and possibly vitamin C supplements.


Related stories:
Latest Headlines

Today on CNN

Related sites:

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window

External sites are not
endorsed by CNN Interactive.

SEARCH CNN.com
Enter keyword(s)   go    help

  
 

Back to the top
© 2000 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.