Hypertension is a powerful risk factor for stroke and heart attack, especially in women. Many women are diagnosed with hypertension in their mid-50s, especially if they have a family history. Many of my patients ask me how they might avoid taking prescription drugs for their blood pressure—and many can do
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you will probably be given a prescription for medication. When determining the medication that is best for you, your physician will consider numerous factors, including your family and personal medical history, age, weight, lifestyle, and other health conditions you have.
What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
Q: My father has mixed dementia. What is mixed dementia? Can it be treated?
A: The term mixed dementia is often used to describe a combination of vascular dementia (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It had been thought that about one in five Americans
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious respiratory condition that currently has no cure. But COPD treatment can help manage COPD symptoms. Along with medications, which are usually inhaled, dealing with COPD also requires behaviors that support lung health.
COPD is actually a broad term used to describe two
Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that
Researchers have provided yet more evidence for the benefits of exercise with two new studies that suggest regular physical activity boosts resistance to aging and mental decline. One study, published Jan. 10, 2017 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that among 1,600 adults aged 65 and older, those who
Conventional cholesterol tests don’t measure this high risk cholesterol particle, and that testing is absolutely critical if you have early heart disease. Learn how to measure (and lower) your own cholesterol numbers at home.