0 View Comments High blood pressure has received a good amount of press in recent months. New guidelines have lowered the definition of hypertension to a blood pressure of 130/80 instead of 140/90. And the DASH diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, a well-studied, evidence-based plan, continues to be effective decades after its first release. High blood pressure relates to the quality of the arteries and veins that transport blood through our body, and to overall cardiovascular health. Having normal blood pressure is critical to quality of life. Think of traffic on a freeway. If a city has bumper-to-bumper traffic, the entire system works inefficiently. Healthy vasculature and normal blood pressure mean traffic is smooth with no stops.People usually associate a heart-healthy diet with eating less salt. Then they taste low-sodium foods and quickly give up because of their blandness. But why not flip the perspective and consider eating more potassium, rather than only … [Read more...] about High blood pressure? Potassium could help.
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By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group February 16, 2018 at 10:14 am Got high blood pressure? Feeling stressed out about it? You are not alone. New medical guidelines have lowered the definition of hypertension to a blood pressure of 130/80 instead of 140/90, which means way, way more Americans now qualify as people suffering from high blood pressure, which is critical to hearth health. Now here’s the good news, while many of us immediately think of cutting salt to lower blood pressure, there is another way to go. Think potassium. This is not to say that cutting sodium is a bad thing but you need more than one trick up your sleeve, yes? As the Chicago Tribune reports, potassium can be a secret weapon of heart health, managing blood pressure and improving systems in the body. Sodium gets all the press, but sodium and potassium actually work closely together and potassium may well be just as important. In a process called the sodium … [Read more...] about Lower your high blood pressure the easy way
Ruby Patterson was driving home from her job at Dominick's when she had her first heart attack in 2007. She had a second heart attack last year. Both heart attacks were found to be the result of congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscle is too weak to pump enough blood as it should. "I had no sense before this happened that anything was wrong with my heart, so it was very scary," Patterson said. But she added, "God keeps smiling down on me." To prevent a third heart attack, Patterson now sees a team of doctors and nurses at Cook County Health & Hospitals System's John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Every two months, she goes to cardiac rehabilitation at Stroger, where they educate her about healthy eating habits and do about an hour of exercise and stretching to build up her heart muscle. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in every 4 deaths in … [Read more...] about Chief cardiologist offers ways to lower high blood pressure and prevent heart disease
Do I have high blood pressure? It’s a question more people may be asking themselves after the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) released new guidelines that expanded the range for what’s considered high. The change dropped the level at which a person is diagnosed with hypertension to 130/80 from 140/90, essentially adding about 30 million Americans to the ranks of those living with high blood pressure. Some doctors are concerned that the lower threshold could lead to too many people being put on medication and the American Academy of Family Physicians has declined to endorse the new guidelines. However, the changes are a step in the right direction. They recognize our growing understanding of the risks of high blood pressure and why we shouldn’t manage hypertension through medical treatments alone. High blood pressure is directly related to an individual’s overall risk for heart and vascular problems. If you’re … [Read more...] about High blood pressure? Here are some new guidelines you need
Q I am concerned about my 13-year-old cat that recently went to the vet for a routine checkup and rabies vaccine. The doctor noticed that her eyes were dilated and looked unusual. He also said that there was unequal pupil size. In general, my cat has seemed pretty good. She had been on high blood pressure medication a few months ago, so I had her blood pressure checked as well as bloodwork to make sure things were OK. The bloodwork was normal, but the vet recommended she should see a neurologist/ophthalmologist in case something else was going on. He called back suggesting that we put her back on medication. What would you recommend for a cat with high blood pressure, and should I be concerned? What else could be going on? A Hypertension in cats or high blood pressure is something that should be taken seriously and appropriately medicated for. There are many signs associated with this condition, and they include the dilated pupils that were seen on your cat’s examination that do … [Read more...] about Take cat’s high blood pressure seriously