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My little girl is now a month old and when I look at her, I realize she was worth all the pain and suffering I experienced during pregnancy and labor. Of course, that's pretty much what every mother feels, although it doesn't seem like it when you're enduring all that pain and suffering. And it wasn't just the physical pains of nausea, backaches and contractions, and, of course, those horrible Lovenox shots in the belly. It was also all the things I gave up during those 36 weeks. Most of the sacrifices were during the first trimester and included no caffeine, no hot dogs or cold deli sandwiches (unless the meat was steamed first), no tanning beds and no over-the-counter medications, except Tylenol and an occasional Benadryl. I also couldn't use my hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine. These were small things that really don't matter. I can do without a soak in the tub or a cup of coffee, but I do think I missed my morning coffee and Diet C...
Hypertension is blood pressure that is often higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
HBP; Blood pressure - high
Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and change with activity. A blood pressure measurement has two numbers:
The top (systolic) number is the blood pressure during the heartbeat.
The bottom (diastolic) number is the blood pressure between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should normally have a blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Pre-hypertension is when the top number is 120-139 mm Hg and the bottom number is over 80-89 mm Hg on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some time in your life, unless you make lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. High blood pr...
For some strange reason, people will vigorously deny having high blood pressure. "I'm nervous." "I fought traffic to get here!" "You wouldn't believe the stress I'm under!" or "Wait until I relax a little while and it'll come down." All are common reactions of those advised their pressures are high. Yet high blood pressure, even by relatively lax definitions, is destined to affect the majority of Americans. Succumb to popular food and exercise patterns, and high blood pressure is as inevitable as death and taxes. Even if you're non-hypertensive at age 55, the Framingham Heart Study predicts a 90% likelihood you'll be hypertensive during your lifetime. Added to the inevitability of high blood pressure, conventional blood pressure treatment does not fully erase the risk of cardiovascular events from hypertension (according to the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatme...
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