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Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

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-- High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it can be deadly, and affected people may not know they have it. To help prevent high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled if you have diabetes, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Taking your meds for diabetes, blood pressure and other chronic health conditions exactly as prescribed. Discussing with your doctor any health issues that may contribute to high blood pressure. Read more

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Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Pharmacists may do a better job than doctors helping chronically ill patients manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels if they're allowed to direct people's health care, a new evidence review suggests. The review also found that pharmacists could manage chronic diseases with about the same efficiency as doctors. However, current evidence doesn't show whether pharmacists can actually improve a patient's overall health if they take over someone's care from a doctor, said study senior author Dr. Timothy Wilt. He's a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a staff physician at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Wilt and his colleagues also couldn't show whether having a pharmacist manage your care can help you live longer or reduce symptoms caused by chronic ailments such as heart disease or diabetes. ... Read more

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After Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes, Healthy Diet May Ease Blood Pressure

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TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet, researchers report. Their study included almost 4,000 women. All of the women had a history of pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes. That's a known risk factor for high blood pressure later in life, the researchers said. During 22 years of follow-up, more than 1,000 women developed high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, according to the researchers. Women who maintained a healthy diet were 20 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not. The study authors said increased body fat was 20 percent to 30 percent responsible for the link between poorer eating habits and increased risk of high blood pressure. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, ... Read more

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What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as a condition called dry eye, which is more common after menopause. Pregnancy can cause dry eyes, puffy eyelids and refractive changes that may show up as blurred or double vision. Pregnant women's vision may also be affected by migraine headaches, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Prevent Blindness. The organization also warns that some glaucoma medications may harm a fetus, and advises pregnant women to ... Read more

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A Few Key Steps Can Protect Your Heart and Kidneys

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Taking care of your heart may also help your kidneys, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 14,800 adults, between the ages of 45 and 64, who were grouped by how closely they followed the American Heart Association ideals for heart health. Those ideals – dubbed Life's Simple 7 – include healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, diet and body weight, as well as getting sufficient exercise and not smoking. After an average follow-up of 22 years, one-third of participants who began the study with none of the ideals had developed chronic kidney disease, compared to 6.5 percent of participants who had at least six of the heart health ideals. While smoking, body fat, physical activity, blood pressure and blood sugar were associated with kidney disease risk, cholesterol and diet were not, the researchers found. The findings were ... Read more

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Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Even healthy, young adults may have hardening of the arteries that can harm their brain health, a new study suggests. Brain changes that can lead to mental decline and Alzheimer's disease later in life have been found in people in their 40s, the researchers reported. The new study shows "that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact," said study author Pauline Maillard. She is a researcher in the department of neurology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. "These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health," she added in a university news release. The study included about 1,900 participants in the ... Read more

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Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure Checks May Help Spot Heart, Stroke Risk

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Keeping track of your blood pressure at home may provide a better indicator of your risk for heart disease and stroke than waiting to have it taken by your doctor, Japanese researchers report. The study found the risk for heart disease and stroke was greater for patients whose morning systolic blood pressure – the top number – measured at home was 145 mm Hg compared with reading of less than 125 mm Hg. "In clinical practice, morning home blood pressure may predict heart disease and stroke better than office blood pressure, and be more effective in managing high blood pressure," said lead researcher, Dr. Kazuomi Kario. He's a professor and chairman of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Jichi Medical University School of Medicine in Tochigi, Japan. "Few reports have investigated the predictive ability of home blood pressure for heart disease and ... Read more

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Women May Not Be Aware of Heart Disease Risks

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Many American women have heart disease risk factors, but few are properly informed of their risk by doctors, a new study finds. Researchers conducted an online survey of 1,000 women nationwide and found that 74 percent had at least one heart disease risk factor, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular menstrual cycle, early menopause or a family history of heart disease. Women who were younger, lower-income or minority were the least likely to be aware of their heart disease risk factors. These same groups of women were also least likely to know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, the researchers said. Only 16 percent of those women were told by a doctor that they were at risk for heart disease. About one-third were advised to lose weight, the study revealed. Nearly half of the women in the study ... Read more

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A Healthy Heart May Protect an Aging Brain

Posted 17 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – New research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that keeping your heart fit may help your mind stay sharp as well. In the study, seniors who met more of seven goals for heart-healthy living showed faster thinking speeds initially and less decline in memory and thinking skills six years later. "The results of our study highlight the need for patients and physicians to monitor and address heart health factors and strive for ideal levels, as these factors not only influence cardiovascular health but also brain health," said lead researcher Hannah Gardener, an assistant scientist in neurology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. In the study, published in the March 16 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, Gardener and her colleagues followed more than 1,000 individuals who were an average age of 72. Roughly ... Read more

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Tai Chi Could Be a Healthy Move for Your Heart

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Tai chi and other traditional Chinese exercises may benefit people with heart disease, researchers report. The new review of 35 studies included more than 2,200 people in 10 countries. The investigators found that, among people with heart disease, these types of low-risk activities appeared to help lower blood pressure and levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and other unhealthy blood fats. Tai chi, qigong and other traditional Chinese exercises were also linked to improved quality of life and reduced depression in heart disease patients, the study authors added. But the exercises did not significantly improve heart rate, aerobic fitness levels or general health scores, according to the report published March 9 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "Traditional Chinese exercises are a low-risk, promising intervention that could be helpful in ... Read more

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MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – were in nearly 23,400 people newly diagnosed with MS and more than 116,600 people without MS. The MS patients had higher rates of all the conditions, with high cholesterol being the exception. Their rates of mental illness, particularly depression, were also high. Nineteen percent of MS patients and 9 percent of those without MS had depression, the study found. For many of the chronic conditions, there were significant gender differences. High ... Read more

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One Alcoholic Drink Might Temporarily Bump Up Heart Risk

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – In as little as an hour after sipping a glass of wine or enjoying a cocktail, your risk of heart trouble and stroke may go up, new research suggests. The good news is that within 24 hours, that same alcoholic beverage may protect against heart problems and stroke, the Harvard University researchers said. But, heavy drinkers don't seem to get those protective effects. "Heavy drinking increases risk both in the short term and the long term, but drinking smaller amounts has different effects in the subsequent hours than it does in the subsequent days and weeks," said lead researcher Elizabeth Mostofsky. She's an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. It's possible that the higher risk that occurs in the hours after drinking small amounts of alcohol may be outweighed by the ... Read more

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Smartphone Blood-Pressure 'App' Often Wrong, Study Finds

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – A popular "app" that uses your smartphone to check your blood pressure is inaccurate, missing high blood pressure readings in four out of every five patients tested, researchers report. Instant Blood Pressure promises to provide an estimated blood pressure reading if users place their smartphone on the left side of their chest while placing their index finger on the phone's camera, said lead researcher Dr. Timothy Plante, an internist with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. But close to 80 percent of people with clinically high blood pressure, defined as 140/90, showed normal blood pressure with the app, his team found. "If someone with high blood pressure is using Instant Blood Pressure to follow their blood pressure at home, more times than not it's going to tell them they're fine," Plante said. The $4.99 app is no longer for sale on ... Read more

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Healthier Arteries May Lower Dementia Risk in Old Age

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – Elderly Americans whose arteries are clear of calcium buildup appear less likely than others to suffer from heart disease or dementia, according to new research. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that among people in their 80s and 90s, those without calcium buildup in their arteries developed dementia later than those with high levels of calcium. Calcium-clogged arteries – also called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries – are linked to increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke and, apparently, dementia as well. These results suggest that aggressive prevention of elevated heart risk factors that lead to calcium buildup "could result not only in increased longevity and decreased heart attacks, but also substantial reduction of incidences of dementia, especially among older women," said Dr. Lewis Kuller, an emeritus professor of ... Read more

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Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications

Posted 29 Feb 2016 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 27, 2016 – Traveling to the United States with medications? Here's what you need to know to avoid problems. Americans traveling abroad are not allowed to bring home foreign versions of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA warned that it can't ensure these foreign drugs are safe and effective. There is also no way to confirm that medications are made properly using the same formulation as FDA-approved drugs. "As a pharmacist at the FDA, I advise people to remember that we at FDA cannot ensure that medications approved in other countries are safe or effective, or have been manufactured properly," Lindsay Wagner, an FDA pharmacist, said in an agency news release. When someone with a serious medical condition needs treatment with a foreign drug for which there is no U.S. equivalent, the FDA will review an application to import the drug for ... Read more

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