"Oh, no. I don't have high blood pressure," declared Ron after I informed him that his pressure of 138/78 was on the high side. "Lots of times I take it and it's lower than that, like 120 or 130." Ron admitted that his primary care physician had told him for years that his blood pressure had been "borderline," occasionally as high as the 145/85 range. But other times it was lower, and Ron's reluctance to accept it led to a stalemate. Unconvinced, I had Ron undergo some simple testing. A heart ultrasound revealed several concerning findings: an overly muscular heart muscle ( left ventricular hypertrophy ), an enlarged left atrium (a risk for rhythm disorders like atrial fibrillation ), and an enlarged aorta, the main artery of the body emerging from the heart (a risk factor for stroke and eventual aneurysm). Ron's blood sugar was modestly elevated, 112 mg/dl (pre-diabetes is 110 mg/dl or greater), and his creatinine (a measure of kidney function...
to separate diet myths from the truth can get rather confusing to say the
least. Indeed many of the diets out there completely contradict what health
what really works? Well, that’s a difficult question, but I feel it’s important
to focus on what reputable scientific evidence is telling us. Otherwise we
could end up changing our eating habits as often as the wind changes!
recent study has provided the strongest evidence yet that government recommendations for
lowering blood pressure can help prevent heart attack and stroke.
followed more than 88,000 healthy women for nearly 25 years (aged mid-30s –
late 50s). They examined their food choices, finding that those who focused on
healthy eating habits similar to those recommended by the government’s DASH plan were the healthiest.
women ate twice as many fruits, vegetables and grains as the more typical A...
<p><strong>What Is Congestive Heart Failure?</strong></p>
<p>Congestive heart failure (CHF), also referred to as heart failure, is a serious condition marked by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body’s oxygen demands. Heart failure can result from either a reduced ability of the heart muscle to contract or from a mechanical problem that limits the ability of the heart’s chambers to fill with blood. When weakened, the heart is unable to keep up with the demands placed upon it; blood returns to the heart faster than it can be pumped out causing back up or congestion—hence the name of the disorder. When the left side of the heart is failing, this backup results in fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema). When the right side of the heart is failing, edema affects the liver and lower extremities (swelling of the feet, ankles, and lower legs).</p>
<p>The heart compensates in a number of w...
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