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When doctors diagnosed Mary Douglas-Brown, 69, with breast cancer in 2004, she turned to her congregation at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Washington D.C. for support, only to learn that it did not have a ministry to provide health and lifestyle resources that might help her through her ordeal. So she did what any determined churchgoer would do:...
Marilyn Gaston and Gayle Porter embracing.
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Two doctors point the way to better heart health for midlife black women Spend a little time with Marilyn Gaston, M.D., and Gayle Porter, Psy.D., and it’s not hard to guess they’ve been pals for a long time—42 years to be exact. They finish each other’s sentences, can tell you everything about the other’s family and friends. They even live together...
Plate with heart healthy food: red snapper with zesty tomato sauce and yogurt with fruit on the side
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Studies show heart-healthy eating plan works for prevention, treatment This photo of baked red snapper with zesty tomato sauce represents one of the many delicious and heart-healthy recipes that are part of the DASH eating plan. WHAT: May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and a nutrition researcher with the National Institutes of...
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What Preliminary findings from a large clinical trial, the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial ( SPRINT ) Memory and Cognition IN Decreased Hypertension (SPRINT MIND) study will be presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago on July 25. The findings suggest that intensive lowering of blood pressure may reduce...
Patient getting blood pressure measured with digital machine. Blood pressure digital and cuff on the desk.
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WHAT: Hypertension—a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States—will take centerstage during Hypertension Awareness Month in May and World Hypertension Day on Thursday, May 17. Experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where hypertension research has long been a top priority, are...
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Health experts are calling the recent release of new blood pressure guidelines a major step toward helping Americans reduce their risk of heart disease, the leading cause of U.S. deaths. Developed jointly by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the guidelines now define hypertension as a systolic blood...