If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious
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. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have
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
Q: I am a healthy male, 63. My friend says I should take ginkgo biloba because it improves memory and prevents dementia. Should I consider taking the supplement?
A: Some studies have suggested that ginkgo biloba might improve memory and cognitive problems somewhat in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or vascular dementia, possibly
In a nutshell, here’s the problem with modern medicine: Rather than trying to deduce a cause – a “trigger” for illness – doctors instead only treat symptoms. In most cases, pills are quick and easy solutions to serious health problems.
Q. I know you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice with certain medications. Is it safe to wait a few hours before taking my pills? A. No, that won’t help. Adverse reactions with certain medications can occur for up to 24 hours after grapefruit or grapefruit juice is consumed. A little over
An attractive smile is more than a reflection of your mood; it’s often a reflection of your health as well. Your mouth serves as a gateway for good nutrition to the rest of the body, but it also serves as a gateway for germs. The connection between oral health and
(Part one of a two-part series on drug interactions.)Americans are taking herbal preparations more then ever, yet rarely inform their doctors, either because they view herbs as innocuous or because they fear the doctor’s disapproval. But besides occasional side effects from the herbs themselves, there lies a greater danger?interactions with
(Part two of a two-part series on drug interactions.)While herbs are receiving much attention lately for interacting with drugs (see October 2001, for part one), foods, too, can pose problems. Most people know that food can impede the absorption of certain drugs. Other drugs are easier to tolerate if taken