The ETHEX Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of morphine sulfate 60 mg extended release tablets (Lot No. 91762) because a tablet that was twice as thick as it should have been was discovered. These oversized tablets could contain as much as double the amount of active morphine sulfate indicated on the label. The recalled lot was distributed under an “ETHEX” label between April 16th and April 27th of 2008. No other dosage strength, nor any other lot of the 60 mg strength is affected by this recall. The product is a white oval tablet with "60" on one side, and "E" on the reverse. If you take morphine sulfate tablets in the 60 mg extended release form, check your medication carefully. Opioids such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed. Those consequences can include respiratory depression (difficulty or lack of breathing), and low blood pressure. If you have any doubts about your medication, call your...
Let’s first take a look at what drives your blood pressure. Unlike a river, which flows continuously downstream, blood flow is pulsatile, with ebb and flow driven by pumping heart muscle. This cycle repeats itself 60 or so times each minute, every time your heart beats. With each heartbeat occurring about once per second, the heart squeezes, or contracts, within a split-second. The rapid contraction forces about 90 cc of blood (approximately 1/3 cup) up, pushing the aortic valve open, and blood passes up into the aorta and rapidly distributes upward to the brain (via the carotid arteries on either side of the neck), the arms, and downward to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. The force of heart contraction and its rapid distribution to the body is measured as systolic pressure, or the top number in blood pressure. As the 90 cc or so of ejected blood distributes rapidly throughout the body, pressure in all the arteries drops over the ensuing half second, and the aortic valve closes. Th...
One out of three U.S. adults, 33 percent, have high blood pressure. This equals around 70 million Americans.
About 65 percent over the age of 60 have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke . These are two leading causes of death in the U.S.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is defined as having a blood pressure at or above 140/90 mm Hg.
140 (top number) is your systolic reading.
90 (bottom number) is your diastolic reading.
Current guidelines for treating high blood pressure are to lower systolic blood pressure to below 140 mg Hg and below 130 mm Hg for adults with kidney disease or diabetes. The most commonly prescribed treatment is blood pressure medication, which can be effective, but includes potential side effects.
Would the benefits of lower blood pressure guidelines outweigh the cons associated with more aggressive treatment and higher medication dosage?
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