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 8, 2017 9 Comments
    Are You Cutting Back On Salt? Does It Matter?

    For decades, public health experts have been exhorting Americans to eat less salt. This is supposed to reduce their risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Have food manufacturers succeeded in …

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 24 Comments
    New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Nee…

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) created a risk calculator that tells physicians and patients when someone should take a statin-type cholesterol-loweri…

    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: Terry Graedon May 1, 2017 6 Comments
    Is It Risky to Reduce Salt in Your Diet?

    If you have high blood pressure, chances are good that your doctor has told you to reduce salt in your diet. Epidemiological studies show that highly-processed high-sodium diets go hand in hand with h…

    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: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Did Beet Juice Cause Vertigo by Lowering Blood P…

    Is it smart to use every possible means of lowering blood pressure? Sometimes we need that kind of intensive effort. But pulling out all the stops isn't always necessary. Could drinking beet juice cau…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 5 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Blood Pressure and Deme…

    When scientists try to figure out who is predisposed to dementia, they often finger hypertension. There appears to be a link between midlife high blood pressure and dementia (Deckers et al, Internatio…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Solve the Pretzel Mystery?

    People prone to hypertension are often advised to cut as much salt from their diet as they possibly can. This step would reduce their sodium intake and presumably lower their risk of cardiovascular…

    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: 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 30, 2017 17 Comments
    What Should You Do to Control Hypertension?

    Keeping blood pressure at a healthy level is key to surviving and thriving through many years. High blood pressure (hypertension) is, after all, an important risk factor for kidney disease, heart atta…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Sidestep White Coat Hypertension with De…

    Good control of blood pressure is one of the pillars of good health. When blood pressure starts to rise, so do the risks of stroke, kidney damage and heart disease. But before starting on medication t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Olive Leaf Ext…

    High blood pressure raises the chance that a person will experience a stroke, a heart attack or kidney problems. It is no wonder, then, that many people are interested in controlling hypertension. Sid…

    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: 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 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: Terry Graedon September 5, 2016 19 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea

    Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have …

    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 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 13, 2016 4 Comments
    Why Potassium Chloride Is Not Always a Safe Salt…

    People have been warned that salt (sodium chloride) is dangerous, especially for people with high blood pressure. New research suggests that is only true when people with hypertension consume a lot of…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2016 8 Comments
    Will a Low Salt Diet Increase Your Risk for A He…

    We know this question seems heretical. For decades Americans have been exhorted by health professionals to lower their sodium intake to reduce blood pressure and improve heart health. The idea that a…

    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 17, 2015 1 Comments
    Pomegranate Extract Lowers Blood Pressure in Dia…

    Pomegranates have a reputation for improving the flexibility of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. Fresh pomegranates are available for a relatively short season, however, so researchers have …

    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 February 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Patient Overcomes High Blood Pressure Without Lo…

    Q. My doctor prescribed drugs to treat my high blood pressure and also suggested a low salt diet. My blood pressure stubbornly remained somewhat high. I talked to the nurse and he suggested not worryi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 6 Comments
    Natural Approaches or Pharmaceuticals for What A…

    Q. For my entire life I have relied primarily upon vitamins, herbs and a variety of dietary supplements to stay healthy. I have avoided most drugs, except aspirin. Now my doctor is telling me that I r…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2014 10 Comments
    Hibiscus Tea Controls Blood Pressure Tastefully

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to manage your health risks through your choice of what to eat or drink? It turns out this is not a pipe dream. Elevated blood pressure responds very well to a diet t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 20, 2014 68 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Blood Pressure Measurements? …

    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 hyperten…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 23 Comments
    Drinking Hibiscus Tea Can Help Control Blood Pre…

    Considering the range of side effects that seem to accompany certain blood pressure medications, it is little wonder that many people would like to find natural ways to treat their hypertension. Medit…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2013 6 Comments
    New Blood Pressure Guidelines Create Confusion

    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 availa…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 34 Comments
    Hibiscus Tea Provides Amazing Blood Pressure Con…

    For years, doctors thought that blood pressure just naturally got higher as people grew older. Under that formula, just about everyone on Medicare would be taking blood pressure pills. But that's not…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2013 14 Comments
    Managing Blood Pressure Without Drugs

    Q. Dear People's Pharmacy, On my daughter's recommendation I have now joined your fan club and subscribe to your newsletter.  I am 91 years old, in very good health, active and a community volunteer.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2013 13 Comments
    Lisinopril Side Effect Made Her Miserable

    Q. I was on lisinopril for two years without symptoms. Then I developed a cough that woke me up at night. I coughed so hard I urinated. I couldn't laugh without coughing and I irritated all who were n…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2013 15 Comments
    Does Nose Spray Addiction Boost Blood Pressure?

    Q. I need help with my nasal spray addiction. I've been addicted to Dristan for more than 15 years. It costs me $18 every two weeks for three bottles. I keep one with me everywhere I go: to the movies…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2012 4 Comments
    How Low Should Blood Pressure Go?

    Q. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 66 years. Because diabetes can lead to kidney problems, my doctor prescribed a blood pressure drug that helps protect the kidneys. I had no side effects, but when …

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2012 5 Comments
    Too Much Licorice Could Be Deadly

    I am a licorice lover, I admit it. Black Australian Licorice from Kookaburra is quite good but I am especially fond of Gustaf's Dutch Licorice CATS. There's something about the texture and the taste t…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2012 10 Comments
    Ibuprofen Boosts Blood Pressure

    Q. About 15 years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. I started taking ibuprofen for the pain. A few years later I was at work when my heart suddenly started pounding. I went to se…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2012 4 Comments
    Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure?

    Snoring seems like a mild annoyance, especially for bed partners. But snoring could signal a more serious condition called sleep apnea. When this happens, people's upper airways collapse briefly inter…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2012 18 Comments
    Will Ginkgo Help Short Term Memory Problems?

    Most people worry about their memory, especially when they forget things they shouldn't, like an important birthday or a PIN number or a password. There's nothing much scarier than the fear of dementi…