Are blood pressure drugs inevitable? Chances are that if you don’t take one now, you may need to in the future. And if not you, someone close to you may need an antihypertensive medication. About one out of three American adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease
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A vascular disease called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is much more prevalent in women than in men, according to a Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published online Feb. 18, 2014 in the journal Circulation. In fact, among patients who have been diagnosed with FMD, 91 percent are women.
During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the force at which your blood presses against the inside of your arteries is too great. Over time, hypertension can increase your risk for cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attack, as well as damaging your kidneys.
Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research
The new blood pressure (BP) guidelines issued this year have many seniors wondering if they need to continue their medication. The guidelines, published in a Journal of the American Medical Association report, raised the systolic BP (the top number of the BP reading) for high blood pressure for anyone age
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.
How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat
When it comes to high blood pressure, symptoms tend to show up only when the condition is serious. You’ve heard the phrase “silent killer”? It was coined for hypertension (high blood pressure) because it can linger for a long time without you knowing before it causes a stroke or other