Reducing the Risk of High Blood Pressure and Stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. In honor of these events, we have compacted a list of 20 steps you can take to decrease your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. See below for more articles on this topic.

20 Tips for Reducing Risk of High Blood Pressure and Stroke

1. Walk and exercise regularly

2. Reduce your sodium intake

3. Drink less alcohol

4. Eat more potassium-rich foods

6. Learn to manage stress

7. Eat dark chocolate or cocoa

8. Lose weight

9. Quit smoking

10. Cut added sugar and refined carbs

11. Eat berries

12. Try meditation or deep breathing

13. Eat calcium-rich foods

14. Take natural supplements

15. Eat foods rich in magnesium

16. Monitor your blood pressure at home

17. Take your medication properly

19. Work together with your doctor and get regular checkups

20. Join support groups or get help from others doing the same

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Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Cardiovascular Risk

Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Cardiovascular Risk


Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Cardiovascular Risk


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Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events among those at high risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly among those with more active coronary disease, according to a review and meta-analysis published in the Oct. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Jacob A. Udell, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Toronto, and colleagues identified and performed a meta-analysis of five published and one unpublished randomized clinical trials involving 6,735 patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease and comparing influenza vaccine versus placebo or control. The mean follow-up time was 7.9 months.


The researchers found that influenza vaccination was associated with a significantly lower risk of composite cardiovascular events (2.9 versus 4.7 percent; relative risk 0.64). The lower risk was largely confined to patients with a recent history of acute coronary syndrome (within one year of randomization; relative risk, 0.45; P < 0.001) compared to those without a recent history of acute coronary syndrome (relative risk, 0.94; P = 0.81).


“In a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials, the use of influenza vaccine was associated with a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events,” Udell and colleagues conclude. “The greatest treatment effect was seen among the highest-risk patients with more active coronary disease.”


Several authors disclosed financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies.


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