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  • The 10 Health Benefits of Avocados

    The 10 Health Benefits of Avocados

    Voted the healthiest food by doctors and dieticians, the avocado is packed with all the health benefits that you’ve been looking for. So you know the superfood avocados is very good to our health. Here are 10 health benefits of avocados. 1. Blood pressure Potassium is important to keep blood pressure levels at its best […]

  • Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control That Can Reduces Risk of Second Stroke

    Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control That Can Reduces Risk of Second Stroke

    There’s a journal Stroke report shows that good blood pressure control after a stroke cuts the chances of having a repeat stroke by more than half. But it also brought some bad news: less than one-third of stroke survivors in the study managed to get their blood pressure under control. For anyone who has had […]

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful

    Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful

    What harm can having too little of a vitamin do? Consider this: Over the course of two months, a 62-year-old man developed numbness and a “pins and needles” sensation in his hands, had trouble walking, experienced severe joint pain, began turning yellow, and became progressively short of breath. The cause was lack of vitamin B12 […]

  • The Importance of Keep Tabs On Your Drinking

    The Importance of Keep Tabs On Your Drinking

    Yes! It’s that time of year again, when people gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. The festivities often feature wine, champagne, and other alcoholic beverages. But before you raise your glass, make sure you’re aware of just how much alcohol you’re actually consuming — and how it may affect your heart. […]

  • 10 steps for coping with a chronic condition

    10 steps for coping with a chronic condition

    It pays to organize your approach to heart disease or any chronic medical problem. Dealing with the pain and aggravation of a broken bone or burst appendix isn’t easy. But at least there’s an end in sight. Once the bone or belly heals, you’re pretty much back to normal. That’s not true for high blood […]

  • Medications for treating hypertension

    Medications for treating hypertension

    Doctors once hesitated to prescribe medication until a patient’s blood pressure reached 160/100. Anything below that level was deemed “mild hypertension” and not considered dangerous, so many doctors worried that the drugs’ potential side effects might outweigh their benefits. These perceptions turned out to be false. Research has firmly established the value of treating stage […]

  • On the horizon: Squeezing the arm to protect the heart

    On the horizon: Squeezing the arm to protect the heart

    A simple treatment that involves nothing more than a standard blood pressure cuff could protect heart muscle during a heart attack or improve the outcome of bypass surgery or artery-opening angioplasty. The procedure, called remote ischemic preconditioning, works like this: An emergency medical technician or doctor inflates a blood pressure cuff over the upper arm […]

  • On the horizon: A pacemaker to lower blood pressure

    On the horizon: A pacemaker to lower blood pressure

    For some people with hypertension, exercise, diet, and three or four pills aren’t enough to bring blood pressure under control. A pacemaker-like device called the Rheos system, made by Minneapolis-based CVRx, could someday offer extra help for fighting resistant hypertension. The device works with the body’s baroreceptors. These are sensors that continually monitor blood pressure […]

  • July 2011 references and further reading

    July 2011 references and further reading

    Surviving a heart attack — A success story Morbidity and Mortality Chart Book, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2009. Measuring blood pressure: Let a machine do it Myers MG, Godwin M, Dawes M, et al. Conventional versus automated measurement of blood pressure in primary care patients with systolic hypertension: randomised parallel design controlled trial. […]

  • Two-drug combo a good start for high BP

    Two-drug combo a good start for high BP

    When starting drug therapy to fight high blood pressure, a two-drug combination may work better than a single blood pressure drug. A team of Colorado researchers compared drug prescriptions written for more than 160,000 men and women with newly diagnosed high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The percentage of those people initially treated with […]

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