By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 5 Comments
    In Atenolol Shortage, Will Metoprolol Substitute…

    Over the last decade or so, the United States has been increasingly plagued with drug shortages. Sometimes the scarce medications are pricey brand-name products, but frequently enough hospitals and ph…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 33 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 29 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Side Effects, Complic…

    We suspect that hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ or HCT for short) is the most prescribed drug in America on a daily basis. HCTZ is taken regularly by over 20 million people. More than 115 million prescripti…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 11 Comments
    Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

    Millions of Americans may be shocked to learn that they have high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines from the nation’s cardiologists. The American Heart Association and the American C…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus …

    Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called "white-coat hypertension.") But if your pressure is starting to climb ev…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a key factor in good health, because it helps determine whether you will be susceptible to a heart attack or a stroke. There are a number of elements that can influence blood pressur…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Is It Safe to Use a Sauna If You Have High Blood…

    Sauna baths are popular in Scandinavian countries. People there appreciate the strong contrast between the extreme dry heat of the sauna and the cold outside. Classically, when people emerge from the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Capsaicin Help Your Blood Pressure?

    Many readers would like to learn about natural ways to control blood pressure. They prefer to avoid the expense and potential side effects of anti-hypertensive medicines. One reader without much hot …

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 24 Comments
    How Good Is the Evidence for Whole Grains?

    Whole grains have a golden reputation as the mainstay of a healthy diet. The old food pyramid was built on a foundation of whole grains. But how good is the evidence that eating brown rice, steel cut …

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 4 Comments
    Could Your Microbiome Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    What accounts for differences in blood pressure? A new analysis from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Working Group suggests that the ecology of bacteria in our digestive tracts may play a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Your Pain Pill Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    People in pain are caught in a terrible bind. When you hurt, it is common for your blood pressure to go up. That's hardly a surprise. Pain is extremely stressful for your entire body. But taking nonst…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 18 Comments
    Doctor Disputes that HCTZ Can Raise Blood Sugar

    One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world today is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide. That's a mouthful. Not surprisingly, health professionals abbreviate this medication. It sometime…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 11 Comments
    Is Intensive Blood Pressure Control Cost-Effecti…

    How low should you get blood pressure to go? One group of researchers examined the cost effectiveness of intensive blood pressure control. Is Intensive Blood Pressure Control Worth the Effort? Two yea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 4 Comments
    Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Si…

    Lisinopril is the most frequently prescribed blood pressure pill in the United States. At last count over 20 million Americans take this ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor daily. It works q…

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2017 13 Comments
    Low-Salt Food Tastes Blah: How Helpful Is It?

    We've been told to ban the salt shaker and avoid salty foods. No more chips, pretzels or pickles. But are there tradeoffs when you cut back on sodium? Low-sodium soup often tastes bland. Even when you…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 20 Comments
    Quitting Sugar Made a Big Impact on Blood Pressu…

    Once people learn about common side effects of medications to treat elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure, they are often curious about non-drug approaches to heart health. The doctor may recomm…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 10 Comments
    Medical Mistakes and Deadly Drug Interactions

    No one likes to make mistakes. It is a humbling experience. Even when lives are not at stake, errors can open you up to ridicule or sanctions. That's why many people try to deny or cover up their erro…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 10 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 16 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 11 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 31 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 9 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 16 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 13 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…