Haven’t most of us seen this on TV: the lion chasing the gazelle across the African plains? The gazelle is running for its life. We know this as “fight or flight,” and clearly the gazelle has chosen flight. In a much less dramatic way, our bodies demonstrate this same “fight or flight” reaction with high blood … Continue reading Fight or Flight? Our Reaction to High Blood Pressure
As must as we wish we could, we can’t change our genes. We can’t change what diseases could be hereditary or what conditions we are more prone to. But there is hope for all of us. We can change what we eat. What you decide to eat every day plays a major role in determining … Continue reading Remember the 3 P’s for a Healthier Life
Weight loss surgery isn’t just for looks. It can treat a whole host of medical conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. If you are overweight — 80 pounds or more for women, 100 pounds or more for men, you may qualify for weight loss surgery. You may also be a candidate if you struggle … Continue reading Everything to gain with weight loss surgery
So you went to the doctor for pain in your lower back, and he told you that you have high blood pressure. You thought high blood pressure was something only “old people” got. Your doctor prescribed some medication for you and gave you a list of lifestyle changes. You’re stunned. You’re only 35. According to … Continue reading 5 ways to lower your blood pressure
Every time you go to the clinic, you get your blood pressure checked. Those numbers are recorded in your medical record each and every time. What do those numbers mean and why are they important? Your heart pumps blood throughout your body in a system of arteries, veins and capillaries. The force with which that … Continue reading Blood pressure basics: What do "systolic" and "diastolic" mean?