For the past several years, cardiologists have been beating the drum for lower blood pressure. We have all seen the studies and/or articles that have challenged the notion that the old cut-off of 140/90mmHg is too high for diagnosing high blood pressure. The medical community even went so far as to coin the new term "pre-hypertension" to describe individuals with a blood pressure over 120/80mmHg. Now, a review of data from an old study could change a few minds - there may a limit to the "lower is better" thinking - at least when it comes to blood pressure.
Researchers recently reviewed blood pressure data from the 2005 Treating to New Targets (TNT) study which, interestingly enough, was designed to determine if the "lower is better" philosophy applied to lowering LDL cholesterol. What they found was intriguing. As participants lowered their blood pressure they did indeed decrease their risk of cardiovascular death - but only up to a point.&nb...
I have been
experiencing a lot of acid reflux of late. I think it might have something
to do with the fact that I've been smoking more lately. Is this true?
There are many reasons to not smoke, and one of the reasons is that it can
definitely cause or worsen symptoms of esophageal reflux disease . First
off, tobacco inhibits saliva, which is a significant buffer that the body
has against acid. Secondly, studies have shown that tobacco can stimulate
the production of stomach acid production. Lastly, and most significantly,
tobacco causes a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle,
thereby allowing acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus to occur.
I wake up
every morning coughing. I have been to my internal medicine doctor, an ear
nose and throat doctor and pulmonologist and have not gotten better. A
friend told me that they had a cough that was related to reflux. How can I
tell if that is the ca...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Pediatric Cough & Cold Oral Uses
This combination product is used for the temporary
treatment of cough, stuffy nose, and sinus pain/pressure caused by infection
(such as the common cold, flu) or other breathing illnesses (such as hay fever,
bronchitis). This product contains a decongestant (such as pseudoephedrine,
phenylephrine) that works by narrowing the blood vessels to help relieve stuffy
nose symptoms and sinus pressure. This product also contains a non-narcotic
cough suppressant (such as dextromethorphan, chlophedianol). It affects a
certain part of the brain (cough center) to help you stop coughing. Talk with
your doctor before using this product for a chronic cough from smoking or a
cough with too much/thick mucus.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold s...
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