Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand in most people’s minds. After all, these two vital signs usually are measured at the same time at the doctor’s office. But each measures distinctly different factors related to your heart health.
Healthy choices are doubly important when you have both diabetes and hypertension. Find out how to reduce the risk of complications as you manage your blood pressure.
Hypertension patients, ask your doctor about the results of the recent SPRINT study that finds striking benefits in a blood pressure level of less than 120 systolic.
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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