Being that February is National Heart Month I’d like to use this blog to address the relationship between high blood pressure and heart disease . It has been well documented that high blood pressure contributes to heart disease. This includes coronary artery disease and the resulting angina and heart attacks. Additionally, changes in heart muscle due to high blood pressure can lead to heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. The changes in heart muscle due to high blood pressure are similar to those in a body builder. We have all seen the “pumped up” body builder stiffly walking down the street. Thickening, or hypertrophy, of the muscles in arms and legs results from lifting heavy weights. In essence, muscles get thicker and stronger so that lifting heavy weights becomes easier. The desired effect of bigger muscles is achieved but at a cost. The muscles contract just fine, but have trouble relaxing. Hence the stiff walk. This is e...
Research has shown an inverse relationship between magnesium and blood pressure. In other words, individuals with a high magnesium intake, typically have a low blood pressure.
Good sources of magnesium include:
Peas, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lima beans, squash, broccoli, spinach, and seafood
Supplemental magnesium of ~500 mg can effectively lower blood pressure. Some studies have found magnesium supplements to reduce systolic blood pressure 2.7 mm Hg and diastolic 3.4 mm Hg. Discuss all supplements with your MD!
Missed a few days? Check out out our previous tips:
February 1: Start Slimming Down Your Recipes
February 2: Switch from Canned Veggies to Frozen
February 3: Wear a Pedometer
February 4: Eat Plant Sterols
February 5: Start a Food Journal
February 6: Select Darker Lettuce for Salads
February 7: Make a Date With Your Family
February 8: Slow Down and Taste Your Food
February 9: Drink Water. . . Water. . . and More Water...
What Does PSA Mean? PSA is a blood test that is commonly used to help predict the presence of prostate cancer . It stands for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and refers to a protein first identified in 1979 that is made only by the prostate gland. It is currently used as a tumor marker and can also help monitor disease progression or lack of recurrent disease in patients who have previously undergone treatment for prostate cancer . A tremendous amount of confusion exists amongst patients and the popular press regarding PSA. Part of this lack of understanding has occurred because many think that an elevation in the PSA level means that one definitely has prostate cancer. In actuality, this is not true and this article should help clarify some of the confusion surrounding PSA testing. Most important is the “S” in PSA, which refers to the protein being specific to the prostate gland and not specific to cancer. Many conditions, both benign ...
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