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  • What’s the right blood pressure number for you?

    What’s the right blood pressure number for you?

    New guidelines suggest that people with no history of cardiovascular disease may not benefit from more aggressive treatment. High blood pressure remains a strong indicator for heart attack or stroke risk. But how high is too high? The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently released updated guidelines […]

  • 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?