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The Multiple Forms of Hypertension

The Multiple Forms of Hypertension

When you consider blood pressure, it’s important to keep in mind that not all hypertension is the same. Medical experts recognize several types of high blood pressure, each with different etiologies.
Essential Hypertension
Accounting for about 90 percent of all high blood pressure, essential, or primary, hypertension has no single identifiable cause.

Updated Afib Guidelines Favor Newer Bloodthinners

Blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants have long been recommended for managing atrial fibrillation (Afib), an abnormal heart rhythm that raises the risk of stroke. Until 2010, the only available oral anticoagulant was warfarin (Coumadin®), and it remains the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant due to its efficacy and low cost. But in

What Is Hypertrophy? A Closer Look at BPH

What Is Hypertrophy? A Closer Look at BPH

BPH is known by a number of names, among them enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and benign prostatic hypertrophy. But, what is hypertrophy?

Hypertrophy is the process by which a cell grows beyond its normal size and causes tissue growth. Some forms of hypertrophy are positive–as when your muscles grow in

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

4. How High Blood Pressure Harms Health

There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood

2. Multiple Forms of Hypertension

The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,

1. What Blood Pressure Is

How Your Heart Functions
Your heart. It’s about the size of your fist, and it weighs only about eight to 10 ounces. It’s composed of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in unison. On average, your heart contracts

The 13 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Types: EDS’s Many Forms

The 13 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Types: EDS’s Many Forms

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, is a group of 13 heritable (i.e., genetic) disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues. These tissues—found mostly in the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls—act like a glue to help provide strength and elasticity to the body’s structures, including the digestive system and essential organs.

Help for Ailing Heart Valves

You know how important your heart is: it’s the pump that ensures a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood to your brain and vital organs. But for this system to work, it’s essential that blood travels through the four chambers of your heart in the right direction. Here is where your

1. A Blood Pressure Primer

How Your Heart Functions
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in synchrony. Overall, the average heart contracts and relaxes—what we know as

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