By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 9 Comments
    How Did Grapefruit Lower Blood Pressure So Fast?

    Grapefruit has a reputation for having lots of health benefits. It has been promoted for its ability to help people lose weight. One study reported that a grapefruit extract reduced weight gain in obe…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    Did Hydrochlorothiazide Lead to Dangerously Low …

    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HCT) is a diuretic (water pill) that is widely prescribed to lower blood pressure. Roughly 50 million prescriptions were written for this "thiazide" diuretic last year. That…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 7 Comments
    How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Be?

    How low should your blood pressure go? Doctors have been debating this question for decades. While people with naturally low blood pressure appear to live longer, medications have drawbacks. In addit…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Your Home Blood Pressure Monitor Up to Snuff?

    How accurate is your home blood pressure monitor? A small study conducted in Canada has concluded that too many home monitors do not measure blood pressure well enough. Assessing the Accuracy of a Hom…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Will White Coat Hypertension Make You a Pill Zom…

    Physicians and nurses like to think of themselves as helpful healers. They have a hard time imagining that their mere presence can provoke anxiety. Data demonstrate, however, that some people react to…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 23 Comments
    Have You Been Misdiagnosed with Hypertension?

    A Canadian study suggests that not everyone who has been diagnosed with hypertension actually has high blood pressure. In fact, perhaps one in five has been misdiagnosed with hypertension and is takin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 7 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice for High Blood Pressure

    Should people with high blood pressure start sipping pomegranate juice? That might not be a bad idea, according to a recent study. Juice Lowers Elevated Blood Pressure: A meta-analysis of eight place…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2017 13 Comments
    What Are Metoprolol Side Effects When Prescribed…

    Metoprolol is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. At last count, nearly 90 millions prescriptions were dispensed annually. It has FDA approval to treat high blood pressure and heart…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 9 Comments
    What Do European Experts Think About Salt?

    American and European experts on cardiovascular disease disagree about salt. An article in the European Heart Journal recently pointed out that there is little or no evidence supporting the extremely …

    By: Joe Graedon February 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of D…

    Many physicians are trained to believe that a good blood pressure (BP) is right around 120/80, regardless of age. Some aggressively prescribe several blood pressure medicines to achieve that goal. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Drinking Tea to Lower Blood Pressure Make Y…

    Many people would love to find a simple, natural approach to getting their blood pressure under control. There is an appeal to avoiding medications with multiple side effects. While you may have to wo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 29 Comments
    Is Your High Blood Pressure Reading due to Bad M…

    One of the most fundamental measurements that is taken at almost every doctor's visit is blood pressure. After you get weighed, a nurse frequently will check to see whether your blood pressure is with…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    High Prices for Generic Drugs: Are Companies Col…

    The Attorney General of Connecticut minced no words when he said that his office "has developed compelling evidence of collusion and anticompetitive conduct across many companies that manufacture and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 7 Comments
    Does Getting to the Doctor Raise Your Blood Pres…

    White coat hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure is elevated at the doctor's office or clinic but not at home, is a fairly common condition. Sometimes it can result in people taking medica…

    By: Terry Graedon November 17, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure High in the Doctor’…

    Lots of people have white coat hypertension. Their blood pressure soars when it is measured in the doctor's office, though it is usually much lower if they measure it themselves at home. How much of a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2016 8 Comments
    Are ALL Arthritis Drugs Including Celebrex Risky…

    The big news out of the American Heart Association meetings in New Orleans is that Celebrex (celecoxib) is no more dangerous for the heart and cardiovascular system than pain relievers like ibuprofen …

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 5 Comments
    Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Letha…

    When most people think of licorice (or liquorice in the UK), they imagine candy such as licorice twists, Panda All Natural Soft Licorice, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty or Dutch Licorice Cats. But licor…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2016 6 Comments
    Are Your Vitamin D Levels Bad Because of BPA and…

    A great deal of research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with serious health problems, including osteoporosis, fractures, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Avoid a Heart Attack or Stroke

    One of the best ways to avoid a heart attack or stroke is to keep blood pressure under control. Although doctors have debated the best targets for blood pressure at various ages, they agree that it is…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors?

    People with elevated blood pressure are often encouraged to monitor it at home. That way they can tell how their blood pressure responds to a variety of conditions throughout the day. Home blood press…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Electronic Prescriptions?

    There was a time when a visit to the doctor's office often resulted in a paper prescription that you would take to the pharmacy. Nowadays there is a strong likelihood that if you need a medication you…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2016 12 Comments
    How to Cut Back on Blood Pressure Medications

    Many people are put on blood pressure medications for a lifetime, even if conditions change. This reader lost significant weight and no longer needs two drugs to control hypertension: Q. I've been tak…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2016 34 Comments
    Will A Free Lunch Influence Your Doctor’s …

    Ask most physicians whether a free lunch from a drug company would affect their prescribing patterns and the chances are pretty good that they would say no. Some would be highly insulted by the very i…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

    Do you know what your vitamin levels are? What about Vitamin B12 in particular? How about thyroid status? Why not order your own blood tests so you can have data on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2016 7 Comments
    Should the “Salt Is Safe” Heretics B…

    Modern medicine likes to think of itself as scientific, driven by data. But when new evidence disputes old dogma public health leaders might wish for the old days when dissenters were dealt with harsh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Reverse a Consequence of Gestational Diab…

    Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) are more susceptible to several health risks of their own later in life. These include diabetes, but also high blood pressure. Is the…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 18 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Natural Means

    Keeping blood pressure under control is a basic step in preventing cardiovascular complications. But the pros and cons of the best ways to lower blood pressure remain controversial. Are certain medica…

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2016 14 Comments
    When Should High Blood Pressure Be Treated?

    How low should your blood pressure go? Doctors have a surprisingly hard time answering this seemingly simple question. Historical "High" Blood Pressure: In the mid 20th century, doctors accepted as na…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 10 Comments
    Could Cayenne Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

    Many people prefer to treat chronic health problems by natural means. They hate taking pills, and the specter of side effects makes them nervous. After all, any effective medicine has a range of acti…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2015 14 Comments
    Don’t let Blood Pressure Drugs Ruin Qualit…

    Q. I have been on medication for high blood pressure for years, but over the past eight months my doctor has changed my prescriptions quite a few times. My blood pressure readings have improved but at…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2015 8 Comments
    Natural Approaches to Lower Resistant High Blood…

    We recently got a question from a person taking three different medications for high blood pressure. Despite the piling up of antihypertensive drugs, the blood pressure was still not under control, an…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2015 17 Comments
    Misdiagnosed Cough from Hell Makes Life Miserabl…

    Q. I have had the cough from hell with retching and even vomiting for six months now. The first doctor suggested I have a "post-viral hyper-reactive cough." The second recommended drugs for acid reflu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2015 11 Comments
    SPRINT Study Shows Lower Systolic Blood Pressure…

    A large study of blood pressure treatment was stopped early (in September) because the results were considered so promising. Now, the data have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. S…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2015 13 Comments
    Doctors Often Ignore Deadly Drug Interaction War…

    The news this week about aggressive control of hypertension (see this news article) will doubtless lead to many more prescriptions for blood pressure medicine. As it is, Americans are taking more medi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 2 Comments
    Cutting Sugar from Kids Diets Lowers Blood Press…

    Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are now being diagnosed in many children, probably as a consequence of the obesity epidemic. Scientists have just discovered that removing much o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2015 3 Comments
    Beets for Lowering Blood Pressure

    Recent research shows that lower blood pressure is better. In fact, the study (called SPRINT, for Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) was halted early because the scientists were so impressed …

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 6 Comments
    Lisinopril Reaction Nearly Proved Fatal

    Some medications that are extremely useful for the majority of people can cause frighteningly serious reactions in others. That is surely the case for the ACE inhibitors used to control blood pressure…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Lower Blood Pressure Could Save Your Life But at…

    Doctors have been debating the pros and cons of aggressive blood pressure treatment for decades. A comprehensive analysis of all prior well-controlled blood pressure trials by the independent Cochrane…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 12 Comments
    Can Older People Benefit from Less Blood Pressur…

    The treatment of high blood pressure has garnered unexpected attention in the past few years. Who would have guessed that the question of how high is too high could become controversial? Although new…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 5 Comments
    High Sodium Diets May Lead to High Blood Pressur…

    Japanese researchers have found that people who eat high sodium diets are more susceptible to developing high blood pressure. They followed more than 4,500 healthy adults for nearly four years. The Co…