Definition Blood pressure is a measurement of the force applied to the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped, and the size and flexibility of the arteries. Blood pressure is continually changing depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, posture, physical state, and medication use. Alternative Names Diastolic blood pressure; Systolic blood pressure How the test is performed Blood pressure is usually measured while you are seated with your arm resting on a table. Your arm should be slightly bent so that it is at the same level as your heart. Your upper arm should be bare, with your sleeve comfortably rolled up. Blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and are given as two numbers. For example, 110 over 70 (written as 110/70). The top number is the systolic blood pressure reading. It represents the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts. The bottom...
Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance containing no medication but made to look like medication) in a clinical trial involving over nine hundred patients.
Acute Rhinosinusitis (ARS) is typically manifested by nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pressure or pain, postnasal drip and headache. It is often caused by viruses (like the common cold virus) and lasts up to 4-12 weeks according to these researchers. Interestingly, I’ve told patients for years, that viral based sinus symptoms shouldn’t last more than one and a half to two weeks.
Many healthcare professionals agree that antibiotics are grossly over prescribed for upper respiratory tract infections. Concerns about sinus infections are one of the most common reasons patients contact their doctor. Physici...
Generic Name: PSEUDOEPHEDRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sue-doh-eff-ED-rin) Nasal & Sinus Decongestant Oral Uses
Pseudoephedrine is used for the temporary relief of stuffy
nose and sinus pain/pressure caused by infection (such as the common cold, flu)
or other breathing illnesses (such as hay fever, allergies, bronchitis).
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant (sympathomimetic). It works by narrowing the
blood vessels to decrease swelling and congestion.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the manufacturer's package instructions carefully so you know
when to consult your doctor or pharmacist. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Do not use this product in children
younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Long-acting
tablets/capsules are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 y...
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