blood pressure

It is estimated that close to one-third of our meals are eaten away from home and for younger adults close to 45% of all the meals they eat are made by someone else. A recent study showed there is a link between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure. Meals away from home … Read More

In an effort to prevent costly and life-threatening chronic diseases public health messages change as we learn more about certain conditions. To lower the risk for heart disease and stroke the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiologists recently announced revised blood pressure categories. The purpose of these changes is to diagnose individuals … Read More

The Spanish call it a siesta. Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Bill Clinton, Yogi Berra and Margaret Thatcher were all faithful nappers who relied on this midday pause. A study reported at the European Society of Cardiology showed that midday naps lower blood pressure.  The study participants, almost 400 adults with high blood pressure, who napped … Read More

You may be one of the lucky ones. Your blood pressure is normal and eating salty foods has little effect on your numbers. A current research review paper may make you rethink your luck. It showed even for people with normal blood pressure, excess sodium can take its toll on other organs. A high sodium intake … Read More

Did you know? You develop a greater sensitivity to sodium as you get older. Cutting down on salt becomes even more important to help keep your blood pressure down. … Read More

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may sound like a good idea, but it can interfere with blood pressure medications, antidepressants, AIDS drugs, and some narcotic pain relievers. Pine nuts and cashews are high in vitamin K and can interfere with anticoagulant drugs like Coumadin (warfarin). Grapefruit juice increases the potency of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs which could cause … Read More

To salt, or not to salt – that is the question. If you have high blood pressure, and nearly 1 in 4 Americans do, your doctor has told you to cut down on salt. So, you’ve emptied the salt shaker–but that may not be enough. Almost 80% of the salt in your diet comes from … Read More