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Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

90% of all strokes are associated with 10 risk factors. These 10 major causes of stroke range from smoking to lack of physical activity and increased waist circumference. But, having high blood pressure readings takes the prize.

High Blood Pressure Symptoms: Myths vs. Reality

High Blood Pressure Symptoms: Myths vs. Reality

Most of the time you don’t feel a thing as the force of blood pressing against your blood vessel walls builds and damages arteries in your brain, heart, kidneys, and other areas of your body. Only when your blood pressure reaches very high levels do symptoms tend to arise. If

This Just In: As Obesity Goes Up, So Do Your Health Risks

Being obese—having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and a waist-to-hip ratio over .85—can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in artery walls, which narrows blood vessels and prevents enough oxygen from reaching the heart, which could

Gout: A Type of Arthritis That is Linked With Heart Disease

When you picture someone with gout, you may think of an older, overweight man who likes his burgers and Budwieser—and that wouldn’t be inaccurate. Being male and eating a diet that’s high in red meat, seafood, and alcohol—particularly beer—are common risk factors for gout.

But gout also can be a painful,

Adding Exercise to Your Weekly Routine May Boost Thinking, Planning Skills

Can taking a brisk walk help you stay organized? Does bicycling improve concentration?

According to a study published recently in the journal Neurology, a little aerobic exercise can make a noticeable improvement in executive functionÑa set of higher-level thinking skills that include things like paying attention and organizing.

The study involved 160

Bringing the Outside In

A respite in nature is a well-known and scientifically validated de-stressor. But, how can you infuse yourself with nature’s power if you’re too sick to spend much time outside? To answer that need, clinical oncology social worker Sydney Siegel, MSW, Simms/Mann UCLA Center of Integrative Oncology, developed a unique workshop called

Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

The vast majority of people with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) have what’s called primary or essential hypertension. In medical terms, that refers to high blood pressure for which no cause can be found. About 10 percent of patients have “secondary hypertension,” meaning they have an underlying disorder that causes

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