Prednisone. It’s a double-edged sword. This medication can be an excellent tool to address rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flares, as well as a host of other medical conditions. When a bad flare has sidelined you, prednisone can help you to quickly get back on your feet.
On the other hand, the side effects can be a trip down the rabbit hole. Insomnia, increased appetite (and subsequent weight gain), dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and a host of other physiological side effects. And then there’s the psychological side effects. Prednisone ‘roid rage can turn some people from a mild mannered Dr. Jekyll into a raving Mr. Hyde. Irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety, mania, and depression. The higher the dose, the more intense the effects can be. It’s no wonder people in the RA community have given prednisone the nickname Satan’s Tic-Tacs!
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Given that prednisone can sometimes be a necessary part of treating RA, how do yo...
Exercise and losing weight are two things that can be done to naturally treat hypertension . Recently, new guidelines were released that highlight the importance of exercise in reducing high blood pressure.
Exercising for 30 minutes at moderate intensity to
get your heart pumping up to 70 to 85 per cent of your maximal rate on
most, or preferably all, days of the week is recommended for people
with hypertension. The 30 minutes of exercise can be at once, or
accumulated throughout the day - such as in three 10-minute walks.
Exercise can also help reduce the need for high blood pressure medication , and keep your blood pressure at a desirable level - less than 120/80mm Hg - as you age.
Improving your diet can also reduce your blood pressure and risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and heart attack.
Restrict your sodium intake to 1.5g/day (about 1
teaspoon). This will generally lower a person's blood pressure
regardless of whether he is suffering from hyperten...
Much like heart attacks , strokes are due to a decreased blood flow through an artery. In a matter of seconds brain tissue begins to die if its blood supply is decreased. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for both heart attacks and strokes. Over time, those with hypertension are at risk of developing cholesterol buildup of their arteries. If this occurs in the heart, angina or heart attacks can result. In the neck or head, a stroke is possible. This is the most common type of stroke, known as an ischemic stroke. It is due to decreased blood flow through arteries to the brain. An artery can be blocked by cholesterol buildup (plaque) or sudden blockage from blood clotting inside the vessel ( thrombosis ). Alternatively, it can be due to a blood clot, thrombus, breaking of and traveling into smaller vessels to block their blood flow. This latter process is known as embolization. Another type of stroke is due to bleeding, known as a hemorrhagic str...
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