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Weekly Recap in Health News: September 27, 2013

Here is the recap of this week’s news in health:

Baby sent home with LEAFLET after suffering a stroke A DEVASTATED mother told today how her one-year-old son was sent home from hospital with a leaflet – despite him having suffered a stroke.

Blood Pressure Awareness Day Wellington Free Ambulance will be stationed at supermarkets around the Wellington, Kapiti and Wairarapa regions to give people free blood pressure checks during the Stroke Foundation’s fifth annual blood pressure awareness day on Saturday 5 October.

Now, ‘paper-clip’ implant to treat high blood pressure A novel ‘paper-clip’ implant that can tackle resistant high blood pressure has been developed. The implant, called the ROX coupler, can help in treatment-resistant hypertension, or resistant high blood pressure, a condition in which blood pressure remains high despite treatment with antihypertensive medications.

Low-Sodium Diet May Help Heart Failure Patients Live Better New research presented at the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) meeting in Orlando, Florida this week reveals that diet can dramatically lower hypertension and improve heart function in patients with a common type of heart failure.

6 heart health myths busted! The source of information, or misinformation, can be anything – a neighbour, a commercial, something you had read ‘a long time back’ – but over time, it often becomes something we staunchly believe in.