You eat healthy, exercise regularly, and try to take good care of your health. But for some seemingly unexplainable reason, you have high blood pressure. In some cases, hypertension can be caused by an underlying health condition that you might not even know you have, like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Your
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A stroke is a devastating event that changes the lives of nearly 800,000 U.S. adults every year. When a stroke doesn’t kill, it often leaves the victim seriously disabled and unable to live independently. Stroke is the primary reason for nursing home admission.
Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots and
You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means
New yoga program may help pulmonary hypertension patients
People who live with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a chronic lung disease, may find relief in a new yoga exercise routine called Yoga for PH. PH is high blood pressure in the lungs. The lungs’ blood vessels become narrow and the heart has to
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
Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let
There’s an ongoing debate about the value of a tradition in medicine: the periodic health checkup.
Critics point to a 2012 analysis that found that general health checks didn’t lower the risk of morbidity and death from chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease and cancer, though they led to a rise in