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If You Have High Blood Pressure, Salt Still Matters

For decades, you’ve heard the advice: Cut down on salt because it’s bad for your heart — not to mention your kidneys and other organs. But if you follow health news, you know recent research has questioned this conventional wisdom. Several studies show evidence that if you are otherwise healthy, taking drastic measures to reduce … Read More

Blood Pressure Kiosks Often Inaccurate, FDA Says

Measuring blood pressure seems so simple that desk-like kiosks for checking blood pressure have popped up everywhere – including pharmacies, grocery stores, gyms, airports, hair salons and even cafeterias. But several important factors go into a proper blood pressure reading.  That is why the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an advisory about these self-serve … Read More

Are Your Medications Causing or Increasing Incontinence?

If you are struggling with urinary incontinence or your existing incontinence is getting worse, take a look at the medications you are taking. They may contribute to the problem. There are four groups of medications doctors commonly recommend that can cause or increase incontinence. If you are taking any of these, you should let your … Read More

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Blood Pressure Guidelines Call for Knowledge, Judgment (Video)

About eight months ago, an expert panel issued new recommendations to guide how doctors in the United States treat tens of millions of patients with high blood pressure. There’s been a lot of controversy recently around these guidelines for control of high blood pressure, which physicians call hypertension. Hypertension is a serious and widespread health … Read More

Study: Sleep Apnea Can Make Your Hypertension Harder to Treat

A new study finds strong links between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and high blood pressure even for heart patients on blood pressure medication. “The current findings suggest that severe OSA may contribute to poor blood pressure control despite aggressive medication use,” says sleep disorder specialist Harneet Walia, MD. She says the study suggests that better strategies … Read More

Eating Raw Veggies Best for Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure benefits when you eat lots of veggies. A recent study suggests the biggest benefit may come from eating your vegetables raw. In the study, researchers from Imperial College in London followed nearly 2,200 people from Japan, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom and the United States for three years. The researchers wanted to see how … Read More

6 Reasons Why Your Blood Pressure Meds Aren’t Working

What happens when medication doesn’t bring your high blood pressure under control? A hypertension specialist looks at potential causes. Usually, it’s not just one single issue but various factors that contribute to the problem. Your doctor will work to figure out why – and from there, create a new plan of attack. “Finding the right … Read More

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Experimental Device Fails to Drop Blood Pressure

An experimental device that had shown promise and raised hopes for controlling stubbornly and dangerously high blood pressure is not effective, a new study involving Cleveland Clinic cardiologists and patients shows.   The device, known as the Symplicity System and made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc., is a generator that delivers jolts of radiofrequency energy through … Read More