Rises and Drops in Blood Pressure Linked to Stroke

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A sudden rise or drop in blood pressure can have a dramatic effect.  In the past, doctors didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but what as experts learn more about blood pressure, it’s these drops and rises actually are more linked to stroke than other things.  So, it’s very important that we don’t just ignore a sudden rise or a drop.  There was a tendency in the past to do that, just to say, “Oh well, pressure’s up a little this month,” or “pressure’s down.”  The truth of the matter is this is not something you can ignore.  It’s something that you really need to look at.  

 

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Sleep Apnea May Be Associated with Diabetes

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Sleep apnea is a very common health problem where people have sleep interrupted with periods of snoring and erratic breathing. We have known for quite some time that sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure. Now, a new study from Dublin, Ireland, has made the association between sleep apnea and diabetes. The study looked at 8,000 people and found an association. One of the most important points is if you’re someone who has sleep apnea, or suspects that you might, it is worth getting a complete physical and clearly be evaluated for diabetes.

 

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Worrying Too Much

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Many people spend far too much of their time worrying.  We worry about our families, our money, our futures.  We even worry about how much we worry.  The health effects of all this worry can be devastating.  The stress of worry can increase our blood pressure, the risk of heart disease, even cancer.  According to the Trust for America’s Health, we could be hurting our health by worrying about our health.  Now here are their statistics, statistics that are being looked at looked at very seriously by the American Medical Association.  Thirty-seven percent of people worry about cancer as their top health concern, 14% heart disease, 13% obesity, and 11% chemical terrorism.  Worry is appropriate in small doses.  It can help us anticipate problems down the line.  But let’s face it, you don’t want to overdo it. 

 

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Too Little Salt in the Diet?

Too Little Salt in the Diet?

It is one of those studies that raises all sorts of dietary issues. A recent report suggests that people who have too little salt in their diet may be worse off than those who have too much salt. As you are probably aware of, a high salt diet has been linked to increases in blood pressure. So the question has been asked, “Who is correct?” The best advice is to stay within recommended daily allowances. What this does is it assures that it is being monitored by people who have looked at things in large numbers of people over long periods of time.

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Worrying Can Affect Health

Worrying Can Affect Health

Let’s face it. Most of us spend far too much of our time worrying. We worry about our families, our money, our future. We even worry about how much we worry. Numerous studies have shown too much worry is not good for us. The stress of worry can increase our blood pressure, the risk of heart disease, even cancer. But a study, from the Trust for America’s Health says we could be hurting our health by worrying about our health. According to the research, 37% of people worried about cancer as their top health concern, 14% heart disease, 13% obesity, 11% chemical terrorism. Certainly, worry is appropriate in doses, and it could be good for us in some respect. It can help prevent problems and anticipate problems down the line, but let’s face it, you don’t want to overdo it.

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Music Can Affect Breathing and Blood Flow Rates

Music Can Affect Breathing and Blood Flow Rates

A small study in the journal Circulation, of 24 young and healthy adults, 24- to 26-years-old, found that listening to music can change breathing and blood flow rates. It suggests that music therapy might benefit heart patients. The participants in the study listened to selections of classical music and opera while doctors monitored their blood pressure, heart rates, and breathing rates. Results show that music rising in volume narrowed blood vessels, increased blood pressure, heart rate, and the length of each breath. During silent periods, the heart rate dropped indicating relaxation.

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Another Excellent Reason To Lose Weight

Another Excellent Reason To Lose Weight

There is no doubt that your weight can affect your blood pressure. Study after study has shown that if you’re overweight, your blood pressure can go up. And with that rise in blood pressure comes all sorts of problems. You need to try to control your weight, but to do it gradually. You’re not going to lose all your weight at once. You want to slowly reduce the weight, and as you do, you will slowly make alterations in your diet. And with these alterations, you can have a much more effective lifestyle. You won’t believe how good you feel without that extra weight.

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