Many cultures use a variety of herbs and spices in their traditional foods; America is no different. Herbs and spices from plants—in addition to offering flavor and even food preservation power—amplify the health potential of every meal. You want healthy dinner ideas? The phytonutrients in spices and herbs have antioxidant,
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New guidelines alter blood pressure targets for some patients
The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) guidelines on the management of adult hypertension (high blood pressure) contains some significant changes from previous guidelines. One change is the recommendation that adults age 60 and older aim for a blood pressure target of 150/90
The link between diet and blood pressure is undeniable. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you better control your blood pressure. And following a low-sodium diet may be particularly important if you have, or are at risk of developing, hypertension. To learn more about foods that lower blood pressure, you
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
According to a recent study (Hepatology, Oct. 3, 2016), the number of hospitalizations for cirrhosis of the liver nearly doubled from 371,000 in 2001 to 659,000 in 2011. Cirrhosis causes healthy tissue to be gradually replaced by scar tissue that impedes blood flow through the liver, impacting liver function and
Q. I just had my first gout attack, which was extremely painful. How can I prevent another attack? Should I follow any particular diet?
A. Many people don’t realize that gout is a form of arthritis. An attack of gout causes severe pain, redness, tenderness, warmth, and inflammation, and usually manifests
Heart failure affects about 2.5 million women in the U.S. It can develop over time if you have coronary artery disease (CAD) or high blood pressure, or can come on suddenly after a heart attack, or after some types of cancer treatment.
Because heart failure diminishes the heart’s ability to pump
Three-quarters of women are thought to suffer from breast pain (also called “mastalgia”) at some point in their lives, and many automatically assume that it could red-flag breast cancer. However, breast pain isn’t typically a symptom of breast cancer.
Breast pain can manifest as slight tenderness, a dull, heavy ache, or
Q. Is it true that salt only increases the risk of high blood pressure if you are “salt sensitive?”
A. Salt has been linked to high blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke—for decades. With that in mind, government experts recommend that Americans lower their salt intake to 2,300
Any type of heart condition requires some precautions and common sense when you’re ready to exercise. This is especially true for people with heart failure, because the heart has been weakened and cannot meet the body’s higher demand for blood during physical activity.
But exercising is as important for people with heart