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American Heart Association Themed Issue Journal Report: Journal Edition Dedicated to Women's Unique Hypertension Issues
Date:2/7/2008

Nieca Goldberg, M.D., Go Red For Women spokesperson, author and medical director of the New York University Women's Heart Program. "Our cause is based on science, such as the studies and perspectives we have gathered in this issue of Hypertension and the ongoing scientific research supported by the American Heart Association. This research is the foundation for the medical care doctors deliver in their offices. What we learn from this important body of science could one day save the life of someone's mother, wife, sister or daughter."

Here are highlights from the themed issue:

-- Dietary calcium, not supplements, may have a role in preventing hypertension

In a study of 28,888 non-hypertensive American women, age 45 or older, researchers found that the risk of hypertension:

* decreased with a higher intake of low-fat dietary calcium and dietary vitamin D,

* did not change with calcium or vitamin D supplements, and

* increased with high-fat dairy product intake.

Contact: Lu Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass.; (617) 278-0802 or luwang@rics.bwh.harvard.edu.

Researchers tracked the intake of dairy products, calcium and vitamin D based on a 131-item food frequency questionnaire and conducted annual follow-up over a 10-year period. (Nine possible responses ranging from "never or less than once per month" to "6+ per day" were recorded.) During that time, 8,710 cases of hypertension were identified.

-- Hypertension poses numerous risks for pregnancy

In a brief review accompanying several pregnancy-related studies in this issue, researchers note that hypertension is the most common medical disorder of pregnancy, complicating one in 10 pregnancies. They emphasize the importance of diagnosis in differentiating between pre-existing (chronic) hypertension from pregnancy-induced (gestational) hypertension and preeclampsia.
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