As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, a low-sodium diet
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For most of your life, you’ve probably been unaware of the blood flowing through your arteries, veins, and capillaries. You don’t notice the pressure of blood flowing against your vessels.
Then, one day, your doctor tells you two numbers, followed by an abbreviation of mmHg and a discussion about medications. All
As you’ve read in the previous chapters, high blood pressure can have devastating effects on your heart, brain, kidneys, and any place in your body where arteries transport blood. What’s especially worrisome is that, since hypertension usually produces no warning signs, you’ll probably have no idea what’s going until the
Located in the upper-right side of the abdomen, the liver is your body’s largest organ, and a true workhorse. It converts nutrients to products the body can use, stores these nutrients, and delivers them where needed. It also stores iron, manufactures choles-terol, makes bile to digest fats, removes toxins from
Without spice, some would say a bowl of chili is just beans with squashed tomatoes, and soup is little more than watered-down vegetables. Just a few dashes of hot sauce can transform scrambled eggs from meh to oh yeah. While spices range from earthy cumin to warming cinnamon, it’s often
Risk Factors for Stroke on the Rise
Researchers have found a significant increase in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and other risk factors for stroke. According to study author Fadar Oliver Otite, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, an estimated 80
About 75 million people in the United States have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, only slightly more than half of people with hypertension have their blood pressure under control, the CDC notes.
Up until about age 45, hypertension occurs more often in
DASH + Low-Salt Diet Best for Hypertension
Reducing sodium consumption while following the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading), according to a study published Nov. 12, 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Study participants had either prehypertension
Could tasty, home-delivered meals for patients with heart failure keep them out of the hospital? A small pilot study presented at the Heart Failure Society of America 2017 Scientific Meeting suggests that it can.
The trial recruited 66 patients with acute decompensated heart failure discharged from three hospitals, and randomized them