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Dietary strategies to help with blood pressure control have just expanded. Australian scientists analyzed nine randomized controlled trials and found that eating probiotic foods or products daily for at least two months lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure slightly.... (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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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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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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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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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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Q. My doctor has me taking an ACE inhibitor blood pressure medication called lisinopril and an ARB called Diovan (valsartan). These drugs make me dizzy and sap my energy. I have headaches, heart palpitations and gastro-intestinal problems. Whenever I complain... (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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Q. My husband takes Coumadin (warfarin) for atrial fibrillation. We recently began taking a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Does cinnamon interact with Coumadin? He also has hypertension and takes medication for that. Does he need to discuss this with... (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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Scientists report in the BMJ that women with healthy lifestyles during their first pregnancy are much less likely to experience complications such as high blood pressure or premature delivery. Some of these lifestyle factors can't be changed (socioeconomic status, family... (Read More)
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Warning: prepare for whiplash! We know that for the last 50 years you have heard a constant drum beat from public health officials, cardiologists, nutritionists and most other health professionals to lower your salt intake! It is hard to wrap... (Read More)
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Q. I started taking lisinopril for borderline high blood pressure about a year ago. I have had a nagging cough, enlarged tongue and hoarseness for some time. Last summer I came down with diarrhea that would not go away. My... (Read More)
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Q. I found hibiscus tea with wild raspberry at the supermarket. This makes a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up without caffeine or sugar. Drinking a cup in the morning and another in the afternoon made an immediate difference in my blood pressure.... (Read More)
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