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Carolyn Gretton

Bleeding gums? Check your blood pressure

Keeping your teeth and gums clean can go a long way toward protecting the health of your whole body, including your heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. In fact, good oral health has been linked with an important measure of heart health: your blood pressure…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

The juice that promoted healthier aging in just 10 days

Things change with age. But you don’t have to settle for poor blood vessel health, high blood pressure, and senior moments just because a few extra years have passed — not when you know how to kick up production of an important compound that can get things going in the right direction in as little as 10 days.

Joyce Hollman

The pre-diet step for lasting lower blood pressure and weight loss

If you’ve been discouraged with results after dieting, the problem could be your gut bacteria. Researchers identified a pre-diet step that boosts the benefits of
a healthy diet and helped participants lose weight, get control of their blood pressure and even cut down or eliminate BP medication.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

The brain danger for men with nighttime hypertension

Normally, blood pressure follows a daily rhythm. It rises higher during the day and falls at night when we sleep. But what does it mean if you consistently have higher blood pressure at night than during the day? You could suffer from reverse dipping and face a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

Carolyn Gretton

The tea that tames metabolic syndrome

Not only are hibiscus flowers beautiful, but they are also very good for your health. Loaded with more antioxidants than even green tea, hibiscus can help attack the inflammation that’s the root cause of many diseases. In fact, researchers are exploring its use in the group of conditions known as metabolic syndrome…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Tea’s blood pressure-lowering compounds identified

Lowering blood pressure can be challenging. After all, to get it down, most doctors recommend changing your diet, getting more exercise or taking loads of medications, sometimes stacked one on top of another. But lowering your BP a few more notches can be as simple as a cup of tea.

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Carolyn Gretton

Medical marijuana and high blood pressure: Here’s what we know

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, has been used medicinally to provide relief for chronic pain, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients. But what about heart health? More studies are needed but there’s positive news about its effect on blood pressure.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

4 serious but lesser-known dangers of high blood pressure

When you think of high blood pressure, what comes to mind? For most people, answers might include heart disease, stroke, heart attack, or maybe even an aneurysm. They would be right. But they’d also be missing something. That’s because not all of the dangers of out of control blood pressure are so well known.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

The amazing effects of stretching for better blood pressure

We’ve all heard about the benefits of exercise and its positive effects on lowering blood pressure. Regular walking has been the hallmark for lowering blood pressure by reducing the stiffness in the blood vessels so blood can flow easier. But would you believe there may be an even easier way?

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The urgent reason you should be checking blood pressure in both arms

Getting your blood pressure checked is simply a routine we’ve come to expect during checkups to make sure our healthy hearts are effortlessly pumping blood like they’re supposed to. But if your doctor is only checking one arm, you could be at higher risk for heart attack, stroke or sudden death and not even know. […]

Joyce Hollman

Hot flashes can predict spikes in blood pressure

Of all the things that can happen to a woman’s body during menopause, there’s nothing quite like a hot flash. When I was young, my mother used to roll down the car window in the dead of winter and stick her head out the window. I never understood this, until I hit menopause myself. If […]

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The surprising link between your mouth, lower blood pressure and exercise

The biggest reason most of us exercise, beyond weight loss, is for the heart health benefits. Lowering blood pressure tops the list, and that alone is worth heading to the gym, sweating through a workout doing it all again a day (or two) later. But your mouth may be cutting those heart health benefits short… […]

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