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July 14, 1999

Children Catch on to Heart-Health Messages

Three years after their last formal encounter with elementary school lessons on the benefits of heart-healthy eating and vigorous physical activities, almost four thousand eighth graders in four states report they continue to practice much of what they learned.

June 30, 1999

Mitral-Valve Prolapse Less Common, Less Harmful Than Previously Thought
Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Framingham Heart Study report that mitral-valve prolapse (MVP), a condition in which a valve in the heart is abnormally long and floppy, is substantially less common and less serious than previously believed.
April 26, 1999

NHLBI Urges Americans To Take Control of Their Hypertension

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and this year's theme highlights the threat of uncontrolled hypertension. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) urges Americans: "If Your Blood Pressure Is Not Lower Than 140/90, Ask Your Doctor Why."

April 21, 1999

Statement from Claude Lenfant, M.D., NHLBI Director, on Trends in Hypertension

New information gathered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, and reported in the April 22 New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that a five- to tenfold increase in use of antihypertensive medication from the 1950s through the 1980s was accompanied by striking declines in the prevalence of the highest blood pressure levels (3 and 4) down to more moderate levels (1 and 2).

January 26, 1999

Simple Lifestyle Changes Boost Physical Activity/Cardiovascular Health
Small lifestyle changes that increase moderate-intensity physical activity are as effective as a structured exercise program in improving long-term cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
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