Tag: cardiovascular disease

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

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

7 Reasons to Try the Mediterranean Dietary Pattern

How would you like to spend some time at a café in Ibiza or lose yourself on a Greek island? To get to know Nice, visit Naples, or explore Morocco? While waiting for these dream vacations, you can start out by adopting the way people eat in that part of

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But

Cholesterol Screening Recommendations

Cholesterol Screening Recommendations

Finding out what your cardiovascular risk is requires that you see your physician periodically to have your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight checked. From there, your health-care team may recommend a variety of tests and investigations to determine your level of risk and develop a plan to minimize

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

A fasting blood sugar test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood after you have not eaten for at least eight hours. Checking for an ideal fasting blood sugar is one of the most commonly performed tests to check for prediabetes and type 2

Did You Know: Fried Food May Be Killing You

Data from the Women’s Health Initiative (1993-1998) of postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 have uncovered a link between consumption of fried chicken, fried fish, and fried shellfish and cardiovascular-related death, according to a study published Jan. 23, 2019, in the BMJ.

Women who ate the most fried food tended to be

Some Processed Foods Are Healthier Than Others

Dietary advice often includes the recommendation to avoid packaged, processed foods—but what does the word “processed” actually mean? And, are there different degrees of processing that make a food more or less healthy?

“The term ‘processed’ refers to changes made to a food item to bring about a result. For example,

Manage Hypertension, Hypotension Safely to Lower Brain Health Risks

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you may be primarily concerned about your risk of cardiovascular disease or even a stroke. And while hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, it can also lead to brain health problems in other ways.

Psychiatrist Christopher Celano, MD, associate

Beating Hypertension—the “Silent Killer”

One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it. What’s more, only about half of all diagnosed individuals are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This condition is a primary or contributing cause

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