How high is your blood pressure? When is the last time you checked your blood pressure? If you can’t remember, then now is a good time to have it tested. It doesn’t always come with tell-tale signs or symptoms, which makes it difficult to know if something’s not quite right. Left untreated, high blood pressure puts you at risk for health complications such as stroke and heart … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of High Blood Pressure
1. Medications Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs can actually raise your blood pressure. These include antidepressants, decongestants, birth control pills and acetaminophen. It may also surprise you to know that the routine use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can lead to a blood pressure problem. They can also affect how some blood pressure pills … [Read more...] about 6 Sneaky Causes of High Blood Pressure Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About
The last thing you're probably thinking about as you dig into a delicious meal is how it will impact your blood vessels—but it's an important consideration. More than 90 percent of us will develop high blood pressure (hypertension) during an average lifespan—one-quarter of us already have it—yet smart food choices can help prevent and treat the condition, says Sheldon Tobe, MD, … [Read more...] about 7 No-Brainer Ways to Eat Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure
You may think your blood pressure is fine because you feel fine. But did you know that most people with hypertension won’t notice any physical signs? “High blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms until you are significantly at risk of having organ damage,” says family physician Richard Ward, MD. “It’s wrong for people to think that ‘I feel well, therefore I can’t have high … [Read more...] about 5 Sure Signs You’re At Risk for High Blood Pressure
According to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring, patients with high blood pressure should avoid crossing their legs while having their blood pressure taken, as it can raise both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (In patients without high blood pressure, only the systolic pressure rose.) Higher numbers could lead to an increased estimation of cardiovascular … [Read more...] about Does Crossing Your Legs Raise Your Blood Pressure?
Hypertension is silent because you may not realize it’s stalking you. “Most often it does not have symptoms,” says family physician Richard Ward, MD. If you aren’t getting your blood pressure checked regularly, there’s no sure way to know if it’s within a healthy range. As for “killer,” that may sound melodramatic. But the damage this condition does to your body is no … [Read more...] about Why High Blood Pressure Is a Silent Killer (And How To Find Out You Have It)
Hypotension (low blood pressure) is the lesser-known cousin of one of America’s major public health issues, hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypotension is less common than hypertension, and usually merits concern only when symptoms interfere with day-to-day life. If you have hypotension, it’s not bad news, per se, but educating yourself about is key. Protect your health by … [Read more...] about Low Blood Pressure: When You Need to Worry
The sodium in salt is an essential nutrient that regulates blood pressure as well as muscle and nerve function. But it should be consumed only in moderation. High sodium consumption is linked to high blood pressure, and high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke. Studies also show links between high-salt diets and obesity, stomach cancer, asthma, and kidney … [Read more...] about Are You Consuming Too Much Salt?
According to a recent survey from the American Stroke Association, only 8 percent of Americans could readily identify what each letter in the acronym "F.A.S.T." (used to help ID stroke symptoms) stood for. (Curious?: face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, and time to call 911). Yet stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s one … [Read more...] about Are You At Risk For A Stroke?
One in three Americans has hypertension, or high blood pressure, and more than 80 percent don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. Hypertension occurs when the blood in your arteries pushes harder against the artery walls than it should. Over time, this pressure damages the walls and causes scarring that promotes the creation of fatty plaques; these can build … [Read more...] about 5 Key Facts About High Blood Pressure You Probably Don’t Know