The usual way that people with diabetes control hypertension -- high blood pressure in normal English -- is with medication. These drugs include everything from diuretics and beta blockers to ACE inhibitors and ARBs and more. Unfortunately, like all drugs, they all have their unwanted side effects. If we could control high blood pressure without drugs, we could do away with all those nasty side effects. Now, it seems that we can. Not that I was quick on the draw to recognize that fact. The Israeli company InterCure makes the RESPeRATE device that we can use at home to control high blood pressure. I've know about it for years and actually once blocked its ads on my website because one of my advisers didn't like the testimonials on InterCure's site. Now that we have taken a closer look at RESPeRATE we realize how wrong we were. Sorry about that.
When you use this little device, which looks to me like a blood glucose meter on steroids, you put on the headphones and attach the sensor around...
A newly published study, The Role of Clinical Uncertainty in Treatment Decisions for Diabetic Patients with Uncontrolled Blood Pressure , points out that people with
diabetes and hypertension (AKA high blood pressure or HBP) often see their
physicians, have high BP readings, yet don't have their HBP treatment adjusted.
The authors give examples of
why physicians procrastinate, ranging from the obvious (the patient showed up at
the clinic for another problem that took priority) to the seemingly bizarre (if
more than one reading was obtained, which blood pressure value or which
combination of values would best represent a patient's true blood pressure).
Perhaps of some concern is
that the authors only investigated the behavior of primary care Veteran's
Administration physicians; whether the behaviors of private-practice
physicians, specialists, or Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants would
be different can only be speculated. It might well be worse in other settings,...
During any type of medical visit, there are four main vital signs that are routinely monitored by the medical professionals. These vital signs assist the healthcare providers with detecting and monitoring potential medical problems. One of the vital signs monitored by the physician is the pulse rate. The pulse rate and high blood pressure are significant in that the rate of the pulse is firm and strong if your blood pressure is not elevated.
Because high blood pressure causes tension and complicates cardiovascular normal activity, it may cause stress with your pulse activity. Meaning, the arteries experience resistance against the flow of the blood. The pulse rate calculates the number of times the heart beats per minute. The rate measurements indicate the heart rate, heart rhythm and the strength of your pulse. Therefore, high blood pressure slows down normal blood flow causing the arteries to demonstrate difficulty with expanding.
Your blood pressure responds differen...
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