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...
No amount of medicines can cure high blood pressure but it can get rid of the symptoms as well as restore the normal blood pressure level. This is the same with herbs when taken as a medication especially when treating high blood pressure.
One of the oldest known herbs that is used in treating high blood pressure is ginseng. Ginseng acts as a modern tranquilizer by reducing stress related anxiety. Unlike traditional medicines whose effectiveness is immediately felt, it will take about two to three weeks for ginseng to work. This is what they call as the monitoring stage to determine whether the herb is suitable for you.
Based on Asian medical writings, ginseng has been used for more than one thousand years to neutralize stress and develop good health. While there is not enough scientific proof yet to prove its medicinal properties, its widespread use is merely the basis that there are benefits derived by its user.
Chinese medical herbalists consider Ginseng as a...
A few years back I received a phone call from one of the local hospitals and was told that my husband had been taken by ambulance to the emergency room. I'll cut to the chase and let you know right away that the reason for this particular panic was that his blood pressure had spiked to 170/110, and he thought he was having a heart attack.
While he probably qualified as overweight at the time, he was a good number of pounds shy of obese and actually in pretty good shape. He was attentive to the signals his body was sending, but he did nothing to address those signals. The hypertension he had then and takes medication for now went unaddressed until he had some time to contemplate mortaltiy in the back of an ambulance.
Hypertension usually does not provide too many warning signs, and is often referred to as the silent killer. Although my husband's body put him on alert, he paid no attention and was among the one-third of Americans who run the risk for heart attack or stroke...
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