Blood Pressure

New Cause of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Discovered: Phosphate-Rich Foods

Body.Disease.Cardio1Phosphate-rich foods include processed cheese, Parmesan, cola, baking powder and most processed foods. Phosphates are widely used in the food industry as preservatives and pH stabilizers. When large quantities of phosphates are consumed, production of the FGF23 hormone is stimulated, which has a negative effect on the cardiovascular system. Reinhold Erben, the head of the Unit of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Biophysics at the Vetmeduni Vienna, warns that “our phosphate consumption is relevant for our state of health.”

A raised level of FGF23 puts increased strain on the heart. Reinhold Erben explains that, “In patients with chronic renal disease, both the phosphate levels and the levels of FGF23 are chronically high. This often leads to cardiovascular disease.”

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Source: Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien. “New cause of high blood pressure, heart disease discovered: Phosphate-rich foods.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 May 2014.

Blood Pressure Control, Lifestyle Changes Key to Preventing Subsequent Strokes

Body.BrainStroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement.

They should also receive other evidence-based therapy specific to their individual health, which may include aspirin therapy or a surgical procedure to keep neck arteries open.

The statement, “Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA),”is published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Treating high blood pressure is possibly most important for secondary prevention of ischemic stroke, according to the statement. About 70 percent of people who have had a recent ischemic also have high blood pressure.

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Source: American Heart Association. “Blood pressure control, lifestyle changes key to preventing subsequent strokes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 May 2014.

Green Tea Supports Heart Health

Food.Tea.GreenGreen tea contains antioxidants of the polyphenol family of 30% to 40%. Previous studies suggest that these antioxidant compounds exert beneficial effects on parameters of cardiovascular health. Onakpoya, from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and colleagues who completed a meta-analysis of published randomized controlled trials, involving a total of subjects of 1,536, of green tea and its polyphenol constituents. The researchers found that green tea consumption associated with a lower average systolic blood pressure. In addition, green tea consumption correlated to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels.

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Source: WorldHealth.net