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Health Tip: Get to Know Your Pharmacist

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Your pharmacist may be the health professional that you see more than any other. It's important to get to know that person, since a pharmacist can support your health in many ways. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions some examples: Discussing your medication --Pharmacists know all about medication side effects, and the best ways to use medicines. Identifying generic alternatives – Pharmacists can suggest generic alternatives to more expensive prescription drugs. Discussing medicine safety --Your pharmacist can offer advice on which over-the-counter medicines are safe to use in combination with prescription meds. Managing health issues --For example, you may be able to check your blood pressure at the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist about the risks of high blood pressure. He or she may direct you to medical care, if needed. Read more

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Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing salt intake is very important for health. "We find that the enjoyment of spicy foods significantly reduced individual salt preference, daily salt intake and blood pressure," he added. Zhu is director of Daping Hospital's Center for Hypertension and Metabolic Diseases at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing. The research team conducted a mouse study alongside a human trial of more than 600 Chinese adults. Both correlated blood pressure levels with intake of spicy and salty dishes. Foods ... Read more

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Kids' High Blood Pressure Often Overlooked

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – One in every 30 children in the United States has high blood pressure. Now, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics may help doctors screen children 3 years and older for the condition. "We are seeing it at far younger ages than we used to," said Dr. Thomas Dispenza, a cardiologist with Penn State Children's Heart Group. "As obesity rates have risen, we have also seen more complications from it." But "detection rates are shockingly low. Three-quarters of cases are overlooked, and that's a real problem," Dispenza said in a Penn State Health news release. Children with high blood pressure can develop the same long-term health problems as adults. "It can set kids up for strokes later in life by damaging the blood vessels," Dispenza said. The guidelines encourage doctors to check blood pressure at every well-child visit. For better accuracy, medical ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Eyes Healthier

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you grow older, your eyes are more prone to diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to keep your eyes healthier: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and a don a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. Stop smoking. Eat eye-healthy foods. Maintain ahealthy weight and get enough exercise. Strive for normalblood pressure. If you have diabetes, keep it under control. Prevent eye strain by looking away from your computer every 20 minutes. Read more

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Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9 percent of children in 1999-2000, the CDC report noted. Public health experts are concerned that the continuing rise in obesity will lead to greater numbers of people suffering from diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. "We've made tremendous progress reducing deaths due to cardiovascular disease and stroke in our country. Part of that is due to treatment. Part of that is due to the tremendous reduction in tobacco use," said ... Read more

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Stroke Risk Factors Are Rising

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – While progress is being made in reducing the number of stroke deaths, it seems that more people who experience these brain attacks have significant stroke risk factors, a new study reveals. The rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, smoking and drug abuse have all been on the rise in stroke patients over recent years, the study authors said. The study included over 900,000 people hospitalized for stroke between 2004 and 2014. Each year, prevalence of high blood pressure went up by 1 percent, diabetes rose by 2 percent, high cholesterol went up by 7 percent, smoking increased by 5 percent, and drug abuse jumped 7 percent, the researchers found. "The risk of dying from a stroke has declined significantly, while at the same time the risk factors are increasing," said researcher Dr. Ralph Sacco. He's a professor of neurology at the ... Read more

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Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests. Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers. "Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms," said study researcher Jari Laukkanen, a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues. In the sauna, your body temperature rises, widening the blood vessels. Over time, this appears to improve the function of the inside layer of blood vessels, the researchers explained. Sauna baths also remove fluid from the body through sweating, and relax the body and mind, the researchers added. The research team used data from follow-up on the men over ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests. That increased risk could run as high as 73 percent, the researchers reported, but the same did not hold true for men. These new findings suggest that high blood pressure can start playing a role in brain health even earlier than previously thought, said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland. Prior studies have linked high blood pressure with dementia, but "it wasn't clear if hypertension before one's 50s was a risk factor," Gilsanz said. A healthy circulatory system is key to a health brain, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association. "The brain is a very metabolically active organ in the ... Read more

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Can You 'Om' Your Way to a Healthy Heart?

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, released Thursday, also noted that a healthy lifestyle and medicines to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart threats are the most effective ways to prevent heart disease. "Although studies of meditation suggest a possible benefit on cardiovascular risk, there hasn't been enough research to conclude it has a definite role," said Dr. Glenn Levine, chair of the statement writing group. Levine and his colleagues reviewed studies on common types of sitting meditation, such as Zen meditation, Raja yoga and transcendental meditation, and their effects on heart disease risk factors. The investigators concluded that these types of meditation may be associated with decreased stress, anxiety and ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 88,000 mother-child pairs in China. The mothers' blood pressure was checked in each trimester of pregnancy. The children were then weighed when they were between the ages of 4 and 7. Compared to children whose mothers had lower blood pressure during pregnancy, children of mothers with high blood pressure during the second trimester were 49 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The risk of childhood obesity was 14 percent higher among children whose mothers had high blood pressure during the third trimester. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that among pregnant women, elevated blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of overweight and obesity for their children," said study first ... Read more

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Some May Need a Little Help Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home

Posted 17 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 16, 2017 – Home blood pressure monitoring is on the upswing in the United States. But some adults are less likely to do so than others, a new study finds. Lower rates of home monitoring were found among those who did not have at least a high school diploma and those with no partner, according to the study. The American Heart Association advises anyone with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to monitor it at home. "Home monitoring allows hypertensive individuals to take ownership of their treatment and helps health care providers determine whether treatments are working," the association says in a news release. Home monitoring also may point to differences between readings at the doctor's office and at home. For the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 6,100 adults who took part in a 2013-14 federal government health survey. They found that ... Read more

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Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others? Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels. "Our results indicate by maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age, you can help preserve low blood pressure," said the study's lead author, John Booth III. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There have been increases in blood pressure at younger ages, which are linked to heart disease and stroke," Booth said. "We evaluated the long-term impact of maintaining healthy behaviors on [high blood pressure]." Booth and his colleagues looked at the effects of five healthy behaviors: Never smoking Drinking 7 or fewer ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

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Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels?

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests. With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital. "We think that chronic exposure to e-cigarettes with nicotine may lead to stiffer arteries and, in the long run, an increased risk of ... Read more

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'Healthy' Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests. Researchers said the findings, based on 3.5 million British adults, cast doubt on the notion of "healthy obesity." In recent years, some research has suggested that obesity may not be a heart risk – as long as a person is "metabolically healthy." That typically means being free from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. The new findings paint a different picture. Researchers found that even metabolically healthy obese adults had a heightened risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke over the next five years. "It does not appear that obesity is benign," said Jennifer Bea, a researcher at the University of Arizona Cancer Center who wrote an editorial accompanying the ... Read more

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