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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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Q. Is there a tea that helps lower high blood pressure? A. The most promising option is tea made from the dried blossoms of Hibiscus sabdariffa. Most people find its tart flavor tasty. A review of the research showed that... (Read More)
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Those who prefer green tea as their morning beverage have just been warned that the drug can interact with a beta blocker blood pressure medicine called nadolol (Corgard). Ten people were given either three cups of green tea or water... (Read More)
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The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but researchers in Denmark say it is not the only way to lose weight and lower blood pressure. In a study of 181 Danes with big... (Read More)
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Patients get confused when doctors feud. That's why controversial new guidelines for blood pressure treatment are causing consternation. A committee of experts took five years to review all the available evidence and make recommendations for optimal blood pressure treatment. They... (Read More)
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Q. I recently heard from a friend that she was having frequent bladder infections and didn't want to take any more antibiotics. She decided to try cranberry pills and found they work great. Her blood pressure is lower, too. What... (Read More)
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Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease even in people who seem otherwise healthy. For years, scientists have been debating whether people who are fat but fit can escape the health problems associated with obesity. A new analysis of... (Read More)
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Q. Since I started drinking hibiscus tea I have seen my blood pressure drop. It used to run around 132/80, but now it's about 102/70. I'm delighted! I found the following recipe to be a good replacement for an evening... (Read More)
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