About 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has been on the increase for years, because the average age of Americans is increasing, and the condition is more common in older adults. Another reason for the higher number is that,
Exercise Reduces the Risk of Falls
People over the age of 60 who have been exercising for at least one year have a 12 percent lower risk of falls and a 26 percent lower risk of falls leading to injury, according to a systematic review of 46 randomized controlled trials. The
Could just drinking a tasty fruit juice to lower blood pressure really work? Research shows as little as 2 ounces a day of this ancient drink is enough to help lower blood pressure and experience the heart-healthy benefits.
Heart Attack Risk in Women
While men are at greater risk of heart attack than women, a recent study (BMJ, Nov. 7, 2018) suggests that certain factors may increase the risk in women. Researchers looked at the health records of almost 472,000 people age 40 to 69. During an average seven-year
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?
Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition in
You lost a loved one, suffered through a divorce, or sent your eldest to college. Now, your heart is aching, your blood pressure is rising, and you’re feeling breathless. If you’re fit and healthy with no history of heart disease, you’re probably suffering from broken heart syndrome, a condition that
A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious
Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have
Your age, race, gender, and genes. You can’t do anything about them, and if they increase your odds of hypertension, they already have you at a disadvantage.
You need a weapon to help you fight back and try to even out the odds.
Fortunately, your lifestyle is that weapon—perhaps the best one!
How Your Heart Functions
Your heart. It’s about the size of your fist, and it weighs only about eight to 10 ounces. It’s composed of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in unison. On average, your heart contracts