High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a condition that puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. It does not usually cause symptoms. But it can be serious.Read More

Yoga + Aerobics Doubles Heart Benefits

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HealthDay

October 20

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FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of yoga and aerobic exercise may benefit people with heart disease, according to a new study. "Combined Indian yoga and aerobic exercise reduce mental, physical and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," said study authors Sonal Tanwar and Dr. Naresh Sen, from Hridaya Ganesha Sunil Memorial Superspeciality Hospital in Jaipur, India. The study included 750 obese Indian heart disease patients with type 2 diabetes. They were divided into three groups. A group of 225 patients did aerobic exercise, a group of 240 did yoga,... Read More


A new concern about blood pressure and your brain health

health.harvard.edu

October 18

Last month, Harvard Women's Health Watch talked about how high blood pressure can cause a series of tiny strokes that damage your brain, increasing your risk of dementia and cognitive changes. A study in the August 8 issue of Circulation shows that this might not be the only concern when it comes to blood pressure and your mind. Researchers in Japan found that large and frequent fluctuations in blood pressure — not just high blood pressure — was associated with an increased risk of both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. The study authors asked 1,674 dementia-free participants ages 60 and... Read More


High blood pressure boosts risk of common heart valve disorder

EurekAlert! Science News

October 18

Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for mitral regurgitation, a leakage of one of the heart valves, according to a paper published this week in PLOS Medicine by Kazem Rahimi of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues. The research suggests that this valve disorder, which is increasingly diagnosed wordwide, particularly among older people, is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, as previously assumed, but may be preventable. In mitral regurgitation, the valve between the two chambers on the left side of the heart doesn't close tightly, allowing blood to leak backwards... Read More


Diuretics and gout: What's the connection?

Mayo Clinic

October 13

Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. Yes. Diuretics can increase your risk of developing gout, a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint. This may happen because diuretics increase urination, which reduces the amount of fluid in your body. But the remaining fluid is more concentrated, which can increase the risk that you'll develop the crystals that cause gout. Some types of diuretics also reduce the kidneys' excretion of urate, a component of uric acid. You and your doctor will decide if it's... Read More


Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

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HealthDay

October 09

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MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- 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... Read More