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Blood pressure variation between arms linked to CV risk

MedPage Today reports, “A substantial difference in blood pressure from one arm to the other could be a warning sign for overall cardiovascular and mortality risk,” according to a meta-analysis published online in The Lancet.

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Treating high blood pressure in the elderly helps prolong life

MedPage Today reports, “Older patients with isolated systolic hypertension gained an extra day of life expectancy for every month of treatment with diuretic-based stepped care, according to long-term follow-up of a randomized trial” published in the Journal of the American … Continue reading

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Normalizing blood pressure in middle age reduces lifetime risk for heart disease, stroke

HealthDay reports, “Blood pressure changes in middle age can affect your lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke,” according to a study published in Circulation.

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Report says Americans’ heart health in poor state

The National Journal reports, “Nearly every American has at least one risk factor for heart disease,” according to a report from the American Heart Association.

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If you have hypertension can you take NSAIDs?

Is it okay for patients with uncomplicated hypertension to take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxyn, celecoxib, etc? 

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Sweetened beverage consumption associated with hypertension risk

MedPage Today reports, “Consuming beverages flavored with either sugar or artificial sweeteners was associated with a higher risk of developing hypertension,” according to research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting.

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Brain shrinkage associated with four factors. What can you do starting today to prevent this?

If you could do four things to dramatically reduce your risk of brain shrinkage (especially that caused by dementia, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or stroke), would that be of interest to you?

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A walk with Fido is good for your health

A summertime walk in the park with Fido counts toward one’s daily exercise regimen, and one which benefits both you and your four-legged best friend according to a press release from the Society for Vascular Surgery.

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Does your child have unrecognized high blood pressure? Nearly 20% of young adults do!

Stunning research published in the journal Epidemiology indicates that nearly one-fifth of Americans who are 24 to 32 years old have high blood pressure. And, the percent may be higher in younger kids. Is your child at risk and what … Continue reading

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Laughter not only feels good, it’s good for your heart

Having a good laugh helps relieve stress and benefits your blood vessels, according to yet another expert.

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Laughter and music lower blood pressure

Laughter and music not only lift the mood, they might also drop blood pressure among middle-aged adults, a new study suggests.

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Pointers for measuring your blood pressure at home

I’m a proponent of my patients monitoring their blood pressure at home. However, there are a couple of concerns when using a home monitoring device to measure blood pressure: which arm to use, and how long to wait before testing. … Continue reading

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More US adults aware they have hypertension. Do you?

Finally some good news in the recognition and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). The AP reports that, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “more American adults are aware they have high … Continue reading

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Watermelon extract may lower blood pressure

The Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel reported that, according to a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, there is “evidence that eating watermelon could reduce … blood pressure.” In fact, “in a small, pilot study led by … Continue reading

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Could a Blood Test Help Pick the Right Blood Pressure Medication?

Tests for a blood-pressure regulating hormone called renin may help doctors decide which blood pressure drugs their patients should take, researchers announced recently. These data are a practice changer for me. Bottom line, if I can’t control someone’s hypertension with … Continue reading

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Generics As Good As Costly Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds

A new study is reporting what I’ve been telling my patients for years: generic blood pressure medications are as good as the far more costly brand name medications — plus, fewer deaths seen in the group taking no-brand-name diuretics after … Continue reading

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Should some kids take fish oil supplements?

This last April I blogged on the topic, “Should Kids take Fish Oil Supplements?” and concluded, “… most kids don’t need fish oil supplements.” However, for overweight teens with high blood pressure, there may be a different story. Should Kids … Continue reading

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Drinking fewer sugary drinks lowers blood pressure

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported that “there may be a link between drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and lowering blood pressure,” according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers followed “810 … Continue reading

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New Study Says, “Check blood pressure at home, not MD’s office!”

Think you need to go to the doctor’s office to check your blood pressure? Think again. For years I’ve had my patients monitor their blood pressure at home. I do NOT rely solely upon blood pressure readings in the office. … Continue reading

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Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Do you?

Almost half of American adults, 45% of us, now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, according to a report from researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Los Angeles Times reports that “one in eight … Continue reading

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Church health fairs help spot high blood pressure

Churches and parish nurse programs have proven to be essential to the physical, emotional, relational, and, of course, spiritual health of their congregants. Now, new research shows that church health fairs are an effective way of identifying people with high … Continue reading

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Can Hibiscus Tea lower your blood pressure? Surprising new research says, “Yes.”

When I speak on natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements), I tell folks that my favorite natural medicines website is the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database which has new information about Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa). NMCD says, “Hibiscus is getting more attention as … Continue reading

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Loneliness harms blood pressure

Like happiness, loneliness is contagious In my book, the 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, one of the ten essentials of health I write about is “avoiding loneliness like the plague.” I say, “Avoiding loneliness and pursuing healthy relationships can … Continue reading

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Obese Children Twice as Likely to Die Young

In my Amazon.com best-selling book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if we did not stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, that our children could become the first generation in American history … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 6 – Alcohol

In my latest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize these ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, teach what I call “The … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what … Continue reading

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Television Viewing Linked to Blood Pressure Increases in Children

In the past I’ve discussed the studies showing that the more screen time kids have (TV, Internet, video games, cell phone), the more likely they are to be overweight or obese, the less sleep they will get, and the less … Continue reading

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Vibrate yourself to a leaner, healthier you

Reuters Health is reporting  that vibrating exercise platforms, which are increasingly found in commercial gyms in Europe and elsewhere, may indeed help people lose a particularly harmful deep “hidden” fat that surrounds the abdominal organs and is linked to type … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Triple-Drug Antihypertensive Polypill – Should you consider a polypill?

Hidden behind all of the Swine flu news stories is this one – which I feel is significantly more important when it comes to public health. The FDA just gave its official thumbs-up to an antihypertensive polypill. Could this pave … Continue reading

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Study shows one-fifth of four-year-olds are obese. What can you do to protect your kids?

A striking new study says almost one in five American four-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children. What did the study find and what can you do to protect your children? More Information:

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