Did you know that increased levels of stress can cause your body to release certain hormones? These hormones can temporarily raise your blood pressure by narrowing the size of your arteries and causing your heart to beat faster. Though stress alone has not been linked to long-term blood pressure elevation, reacting to stress in unhealthy ways … Continue reading Stress and high blood pressure: What’s the connection?
Most of the time, a visit to the doctor’s office begins with a temperature check, a step onto the scale and an assessment of your blood pressure. But outside of your regular doctor’s visits, how often do you think about these key indicators of your health? As you seek to stay well at home — … Continue reading Monitoring your blood pressure at home
When most of us hear “hypertension,” we immediately think of blood pressure issues all over the body. But people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have problems in a very specific area: the blood vessels running from the heart to the lungs. With that important highway clogged, they can’t get enough oxygen. To compensate, their blood … Continue reading New therapies offer hope for patients living with pulmonary arterial hypertension
Coconut water, the clear, tangy liquid inside young coconuts, has his the U.S. market by storm. It’s been promoted as the sports drink of Mother Nature and has even been claimed to help with weight loss, slow aging and in lowering blood pressure. However, there has been little research to prove these claims. So what … Continue reading Is Coconut Water Better for Rehydration?
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
Eight weeks after Christy Pfeifer-Gamez gave birth to her fourth child, Lillian, on the Fourth of July, she started feeling ill. One morning she couldn’t even get out of bed. The doctors thought it might be pneumonia. They never expected it to have anything to do with her heart. After all, she was too young … Continue reading The Truth Behind 4 Common Heart Disease Myths
“Your heart is a muscle—but it’s not like the other muscles in your body. When you go to the gym, you lift weights to build muscle and get stronger, but it doesn’t work that way with your heart. You don’t want to have a heart required to work against higher resistance. When your heart has … Continue reading Hypertension: “Your arteries are like a hose”