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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

ACE Inhibitors like Lisinopril and Hand Tremors

Lisinopril is the go-to treatment for hypertension. Cough is a relatively common side effect. We never made a connection with lisinopril and hand tremors.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Snacking on Almonds Improves Your Blood Vessels

British researchers found that snacking on almonds instead of mini-muffins boosts blood vessel flexibility and lowers LDL cholesterol levels.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Blood Pressure Measurements Are Too Important to Leave to Hospitals

Blood pressure measurements seem so simple. Yet you would be amazed how often professionals get this procedure wrong. Stress can lead to elevated readings.

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Aging

Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer Disease?

In a new meta-analysis, the investigators found that people taking blood pressure medicines are slightly less likely to develop dementia.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Could extra virgin olive oil rich in plant phenols be a key to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? One reader suggests we should all take olive oil.

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Drug Side Effects

Did Anal Absorption of Prep H Raise BP

Have you ever suffered from hemorrhoids? The itch can be unbearable. Did you know that anal absorption of ingredients in Prep H could raise blood pressure?

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Heart Attack

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease, unless they drink a lot of boiled coffee. Unfiltered coffee is bad for you.

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Drug Side Effects

Meloxicam Raised Blood Pressure Through the Roof!

Have you ever taken an NSAID? You know: drugs like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen. All can raise BP. Meloxicam raised blood pressure too high!

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will Blood Pressure Remedy Lead to Kidney Stones?

Scientists confirm that drinking beet juice could be a helpful blood pressure remedy. However, it might increase the risk of kidney stones for some people.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Your Blood Pressure Will Vary Throughout the Day!

Was your blood pressure measured correctly? What time of day was it taken? What were you doing prior to the reading? Blood pressure can vary dramatically.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do Ginseng Supplements Raise Blood Pressure?

If you plan to take ginseng supplements, be sure to learn what benefits you might expect and what possible side effects you might encounter.

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Aging

Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe Arthritis?

Are you struggling with hypertension? You may be able to use ginger for a double-duty effect: reduce blood pressure and ease arthritis pain in joints.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Using Eggplant to Lower Your Blood Pressure

One reader found that using eggplant for dinner, browned in olive oil with herbs, is a tasty approach to lowering blood pressure. Research confirms this.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure With Cherries?

Researchers have found that people can lower their blood pressure with cherries, specifically 60 ml of tart cherry concentrate daily.

nurse using sphygmomanometer in home blood pressure measurement to determine if patient needs blood pressure medication to reduce blood pressure
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do You Know How to Take Your Blood Pressure Right?

If you want to lower your risk of heart disease or stroke, you should learn to take your blood pressure accurately. Hypertension is a risk factor.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Holiday Blood Pressure Challenges Hard to Manage

This is a stressful time of year. Shopping puts a strain on the budget. Family gatherings can be contentious. That's why holiday blood pressure can soar!

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedtime?

How do you take your pills? Are you a morning person or a nighttime person? What beverage do you swallow them with? You'll be surprised to learn it matters.

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Drug Side Effects

ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

Tens of millions of people take ACE inhibitors to lower high blood pressure. Is there an association between drugs like lisinopril and lung cancer?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or Bedtime?

Do you want the the biggest bang for your blood pressure buck? If so, you may want to ask your doctor whether you should take your BP pills before bed.

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Drug Side Effects

Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Concern

Canadian scientists have found a link between losartan and suicide that also implicates similar drugs such as irbesartan or valsartan.