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Q. I have heard that many medications can cause hair loss. Is this side effect temporary? Does the hair grow back when the drug is stopped? A. A surprising number of medications can cause temporary hair loss including blood pressure... (Read More)
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High blood pressure is usually thought to be a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney problems. A new study including nearly 14,000 participants shows that when blood pressure rises in middle age, cognitive function can drop in later... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor prescribed amlodipine for high blood pressure last month. I began retaining fluid within a week. Now my swollen feet and ankles are terribly uncomfortable. Getting into my shoes is a challenge and sometimes my skin feels so... (Read More)
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Q. I was taking metoprolol to control my blood pressure but it wasn't working well enough. My doctor added lisinopril, which only helped a little. Amlodipine was included in the mix and it has brought my blood pressure into the... (Read More)
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Yoga practice may help people get their blood pressure under control. A meta-analysis evaluated the results of seven studies that included a total of 452 participants with elevated blood pressure. Random allocation was used to determine which volunteers would practice... (Read More)
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Q. Here's how I get the benefits of chocolate without the fat and sugar: I stir 1/2 teaspoon of pure cocoa powder into a serving of low-calorie Greek yogurt. Sometimes I add fresh sliced strawberries. A. We agree that sounds... (Read More)
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Hypertension is frequently referred to as the silent killer. That's because it has few symptoms but greatly increases the likelihood of strokes, heart attacks and kidney damage. Although there is good evidence that treating really high blood pressure with medications... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: The new guidelines brought forth by the American Heart Association and the American... (Read More)
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Q. A number of years ago, my blood pressure was 210/100. I took the prescribed medication but started reading about how to control high blood pressure naturally. I forget to take pills if I have no symptoms. I read that... (Read More)
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Years ago, there was a popular book titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. It was full of wisdom like Share everything, Play fair, Wash your hands before you eat and Clean up... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 73 year old retired RN who has been treated for high blood pressure since last August by an internist and a cardiologist. Every prescription they have written has had adverse side effects for me. Within a... (Read More)
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Q. I take amlodipine, lisinopril and metoprolol for high blood pressure. My readings are 115/56. I get terribly dizzy, especially when I first stand up. My doctor says low blood pressure is not dangerous, but I feel bad and cannot... (Read More)
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Q. One of my Mexican friends told me about hibiscus tea. They call it "jamaica," and I get it loose at a Mexican market. It only costs about $4 a pound, and it doesn't take much to make a cup... (Read More)
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Every one knows the dangers of hypertension. We are repeatedly told that the "silent killer" leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness and dementia, to name just some of the scary consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure. What we... (Read More)
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Older people treated aggressively for hypertension may be at higher risk for injuries from falling. Investigators tracked roughly 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries for three years. These senior citizens had high blood pressure. Most of them were taking medications to control hypertension.... (Read More)
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How good is diet when it comes to controlling blood pressure? A meta-analysis of 7 clinical trials and 32 epidemiological studies found that a vegetarian diet is associated with lower blood pressure. Participants following vegetarian diets in controlled trials experienced... (Read More)
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Visit a doctor's office for almost anything that ails you and the chances are good you will have your blood pressure measured. That's because it is an essential diagnostic procedure to detect a common condition that puts people at risk... (Read More)
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High blood pressure has been linked to cardiovascular complications such as strokes and heart attacks. Although experts argue about when treatment is needed, especially for older patients, there is little disagreement that systolic blood pressures over 160 are dangerous and... (Read More)
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Type 2 diabetes increases the chance than an older person will encounter cognitive difficulties. Researchers had hoped that lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in such patients would reduce the likelihood of mental decline. The goal of the ACCORD trial was... (Read More)
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