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Starting Young in Treating High Blood Pressure
Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2004
New guidelines published in the August issue of Pediatrics suggest that doctors start checking blood pressure in children when they are as young as 3. Catching and treating hypertension early, will save lives

Symptomless Heart Disease Common Among Diabetics
Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Known as myocardial ischemia, this serious condition occurs when the heart does not receive enough blood to meet its metabolic needs, usually due to plaque build-up in the coronary arteries. When no symptoms are present, the disease is said to be "silent."

Diabetes Increases Mortality Among Elderly Patients
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2004
Annual mortality rate for patients with diabetes age 65 or older was 10%.
A study of almost 300,000 people by researchers found that In comparison, the annual mortality rate for people in the same age group who do not have diabetes is 6%.

Heart Drugs Cause Dangerous Build Up Of Potassium
Posted: Monday, August 30, 2004
A new American study has found that heart drugs, such as angiotensin-converting-enzyme or ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers, can increase potassium levels in approximately 10% of patients.

If your potassium levels are raised your heart’s normal rhythm can be disrupted.

Eyes' Vessel Changes Predicts Severe Hypertension Risk 5-Years Early
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004
:The tiny vessels that supply blood to the retina appear to narrow before blood pressure exceeds normal ranges. A long-term study suggests that people with relatively narrowed retinal arterioles (the tiny vessels of the retina) are twice as likely to develop severe hypertension in five years as people with relatively wider arterioles.

New Treatment Is Saving Eyesight of Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004
Laser surgery has been used in the past, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Now doctors at John Hopkins have discovered a new therapy that may breathe new life into some damaged eyes.
"By giving patients with diabetic macular edema supplemental oxygen where they simply breathe higher levels of oxygen in, this resulted in a decrease in thickening in the retina and some improvement in visual activity."

Treatment of Blood Sugar Levels in Intensive Care Patients Reduces Mortality 29%
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004
This represents 49 saved lives from the first 800 patients treated with the protocol. There was also a decrease in the development tnew kidney failure and a decrease in the need for red blood cell transfusions.

ACE Inhibitor Drugs Underused In Heart Failure Patients
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Almost a third of heart failure patients face an increased risk of death because they do not receive an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor

Confronting Hypertension In Children As Early as 3-Years of Age
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Under the new guidelines, children once classified as high normal, that is, whose readings were between the 90th and 95th percentile, are now considered prehypertensive. When the high blood pressure is related to excess weight, the report advises, families should be strongly encouraged to change their children's diet and have them become more active.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Linked With Less Steps
Posted: Monday, August 16, 2004
Diabetics who develop foot ulcers appear to have lower levels of overall activity than their counterparts who do not develop ulceration. "the quality of that activity may be more variable" The more steps taken, the less risk for foot ulcers.

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