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I have high blood pressure, but I do not know the cause. I have been feeling like my heart is pumping way too hard sometimes for no reason. My heart rate is normal most of the time, but the actual beats feel forceful. This is a good question. I have many patients who are aware of their heart beat. This is often called feeling “palpitations.” There are many causes of such palpitations and an evaluation by a doctor is important. This will usually include an ECG and sometimes a monitor to take home to record an episode of palpitations as it occurs. If a concerning heart rhythm, or arrhythmia , is identified a cardiologist should be consulted for further diagnosis and treatment. However, most of the time palpitations are easily treated. Some of the at home treatments for palpitations I discuss with my patients include: Adequate hydration: If you are dehydrated the body will respond with an increased heart rate – which can feel like a forceful beating Avoidance of caffein...
The big news announced yesterday was that people older than 60 can now have higher blood pressure before their doctors will tell them to take drugs to bring it down. But the guidelines for those of us who have diabetes remain the same.
An expert panel says in its new guidelines that people over 60 need to keep their blood pressure below 150/90 rather than the 140/90 level as previously recommended. And people with diabetes of any age still need to keep it below 140/90.
The expert panel of 17 academics reported its findings in JAMA , the Journal of the American Medical Association after reviewing the evidence for the last five years. The full-text of its report, “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults,” is free online .
The goal for people with diabetes, 140/90, means a systolic blood pressure of no more than 140 millimeters of mercury, abbreviated as mmHG. This systolic pressure shows the pressure on our blood vessels whe...
It’s clear that we eat too much salt….and sugar…and the wrong fats ….and food in general. Refined sugars (carbohydrates) in particular, have been linked to a variety of health issues including obesity and diabetes. Hypertension, on the other hand, has consistently been linked to excess salt consumption. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see new research that links sugar to hypertension.
American scientists recently reviewed a study of 8670 French adults which seemed to find no link between hypertension and salt intake . The study's researchers postulate that instead, consistently high sugar levels cause your heart to beat faster and in turn, cause your blood pressure to rise. A research team, led by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a heart disease specialist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, believes the French study is on to something. Sugar may indeed be a significant risk factor for...
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