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Is Salt a Culprit or an Innocent Bystander in Hypertension? A Hypothesis Challenging the Ancient Paradigm

For decades the notion that an excessive consumption of salt (NaCl) leads to hypertension has persisted. However, this idea is based on opinion, not scientific proof. Despite this, every health organization, agency, and clinicians around the world have been advising salt restriction, especially to hypertensive patients. The present review article suggests that the consumption of […]

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Longitudinal Patterns of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Predict the Development of Hypertension Among Men and Women

Most of the existing literature has linked a baseline cardiorespiratory fitness or change between baseline and one follow-up measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness to hypertension. The purpose of the study is to assess the association between longitudinal patterns of cardiorespiratory fitness changes with time and incident hypertension in adult men and women. Methods Participants were aged […]

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Capillary Fragility in Zika Virus Infection

  A 42-year-old Hispanic woman with no known medical history presented to the hospital with subjective fevers, rash, and arthralgias 5 days after returning to the US from Honduras. She reported multiple mosquito bites while abroad and noted that many relatives had similar symptoms over the preceding weeks. On arrival to the Emergency Department, her […]

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Outcomes with Other Antihypertensive Agents

Outcomes with Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors vs Other Antihypertensive Agents in Hypertensive Blacks: Among hypertensive blacks, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events, when compared with calcium channel blockers or thiazide diuretics. Background Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors are used widely in the treatment of patients with hypertension. However, their efficacy in hypertensive […]

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Should Your Blood Pressure Be Checked in Both Arms? YES!

As heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States, practitioners and patients alike are looking for ways to cut risk factors and identify new clues to assist with early detection. New research published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine suggests that there is […]

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