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  • Fainting: Frightening, but seldom serious

    Fainting: Frightening, but seldom serious

    Learn why fainting occurs and when you should seek medical attention. One minute you’re feeling a bit woozy; the next thing you know, you’re flat on your back wondering what happened. No matter what you call it — swooning, passing out, or fainting — the experience is surprisingly common. About a third of people say […]

  • Elevated blood pressure may not predict early death in those with weak grip strength

    Elevated blood pressure may not predict early death in those with weak grip strength

    In the journals A study of almost 7,500 men and women ages 65 or older suggests that among those with weak grip strength, elevated blood pressure does not serve as a sign of a high risk of early death. Grip strength is a commonly used measure to assess frailty in older individuals. The research, published […]

  • Learn how to reduce salt with these 5 tips

    A lower sodium diet is healthier for your heart If you’re like most people, chances are you eat far more than the recommended amount of sodium, one of the main components of salt. Current federal guidelines advise getting no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily, but the average American consumes about 3,500 mg […]

  • Tips for taking diuretic medications

    Often called water pills, these drugs help lower blood pressure and are a mainstay for treating heart failure Diuretics, commonly called “water pills,” are the oldest and least expensive class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. They help the kidneys eliminate sodium and water from the body. This process decreases blood volume, so […]

  • Your blood pressure goal: A personalized balancing act

    Experts are divided on optimal blood pressure targets but agree that an individual approach is the best strategy. There’s no debate about the dangers of high blood pressure. Dubbed the “silent killer,” high blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Yet this common condition damages blood vessels throughout the body, raising the risk of heart attack, […]

  • Blood pressure targets changing?

    Blood pressure targets changing?

    News briefs New guidelines ease up on the target number to treat high blood pressure in otherwise-healthy older adults. The guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians were published Jan. 17, 2017, in Annals of Internal Medicine. Instead of recommending treatment for people ages 60 or older when […]

  • Blood pressure creeping up? How to bring it down without drugs

    Lifestyle changes may reduce your need for pills. For most of us, as the years increase, so does our blood pressure. By age 60, almost 65% of Americans will have high blood pressure. Although men are more likely to develop high blood pressure between ages 45 and 55, women are at greater risk after 65. […]

  • Do calcium supplements interfere with calcium-channel blockers?

    Do calcium supplements interfere with calcium-channel blockers?

    Ask the doctors Q. I’ve just been prescribed the calcium-channel blocker Norvasc [amlodipine] for high blood pressure. I also take a 600-milligram calcium supplement every day for my bones. Will they cancel each other out? A. You don’t need to worry about taking a daily calcium supplement with a calcium-channel blocker. In the body, calcium […]

  • Blood pressure: Can it be too low?

    New findings focus on diastolic blood pressure—the second number in your blood pressure reading. Image: mangostock/Thinkstock Of the two numbers that make up your blood pressure reading, the first one (systolic blood pressure) typically gets more attention. That’s because as people age, their arteries loose their elasticity, and the inner walls are more likely to […]

  • Beware of low diastolic readings when treated for high blood pressure

    In the Journals Image: AndreyPopov/Thinkstock Researchers have found evidence that links heart tissue damage to blood pressure treatments that drive diastolic pressure (the bottom number in a reading) too low. Last year’s SPRINT trial showed cardiovascular benefits when high blood pressure was reduced to 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). In the new study, published […]

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