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
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
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
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,
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,
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
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
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
Optimism Is Good for Your Health
A positive outlook does more than make life more pleasant, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. It just might make life longer, too. Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health used prospective data on more than