Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But if you’re at risk for any
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The medical term for fainting is syncope, and it refers to a sudden loss of consciousness that can happen due to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation in the brain). If the levels of blood and oxygen in your brain decrease for any reason, your brain reroutes blood and oxygen from non-vital parts
Like many men over age 65, you feel the effects of aging. You’ve lost some pep in your step, and you’ve watched the muscle mass of your 20s and 30s dwindle. Maybe your sharp wit has dulled a bit and your sexual function isn’t what it used to be. You
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.
You and your doctor have plenty of blood-pressure-lowering medications to choose from. Each type of drug works somewhat differently has its
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
Your Social Security number. Your telephone number. Your bank account balance. The numbers on a winning lottery ticket. Your life is full of numbers, and they all have significance.
When it comes to the health of your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of your body, the numbers 140/90 are
There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” Yet, while hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging your arteries, and also the organs and other tissues that rely on the blood that these vessels deliver to them.
Damage to Your Arteries
Hypertension contributes to atherosclerosis, or “hardening”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one in three has prehypertension. And, among people with high blood pressure, only about half have it under control.
“This finding is concerning because we know
The dangers associated with a sedentary lifestyle are many. By staying stationary, you’re setting yourself up for cardiovascular disease and the conditions that contribute to it, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. You allow your muscles to atrophy and your bone health to deteriorate, among other health problems.
Don’t sniff a the loss of sense of smell. Besides a connection to dementia, there are health and nutrition factors that make hyposmia (reduction), parosmia (distortion), or anosmia (complete loss) worth investigating.
There are a number of benign—albeit annoying—reasons you don’t smell well, but a connection to dementia may make hyposmia