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Web-based counseling lowers blood pressure as much as medicines: study

People who received regular lifestyle counseling online were able to lower their blood pressure as much as a medication would, researchers said Saturday. Their study involved 264 people with high blood pressure and an average age of 58. The subjects' average blood pressure began at around 140/90 mmHg, meaning they had what is clinically known as stage 1 hypertension. Most were already taking at least one drug to cut their blood pressure. Patients enrolled through the website of the Heart and Stroke Association of…