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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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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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Can cocoa products reduce blood pressure or heart disease?

CocoaVia and Cirku are new supplements used for high blood pressure and cardiovascular health according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD). These products are flavored powders that can be added to a beverage. Each packet contains a cocoa extract providing … Continue reading

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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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Sugary drinks linked to hypertension and obesity

Last week my blog, Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes, was one of my most read postings in some time. Some commented that perhaps they would switch from diet to regular soda. NOT a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Cold Weather May Raise Your Blood Pressure

Here’s a fact that most people do not know – when the temperature drops outside, blood pressure appears to rise. This information is critical for those with high blood pressure, a family history of high blood pressure, and for older … Continue reading

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Stunning News – A Blood Pressure Drug May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

HealthDay News is reporting a stunning study from the Boston University School of Medicine finding that the use of a particular class of blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) is associated with lower incidence and slower progression of … Continue reading

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Tracking Top Number in Blood Pressure May Be Enough

HealthDay News is reporting a suggestion from British experts that for patients over 50, doctors tracking hypertension may only need to monitor systolic blood pressure (the upper number of the blood pressure), while ignoring diastolic blood pressure (the lower number).

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