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...
Many people suffer with high blood pressure in America despite the efforts of the American Heart Association's warnings of its potential destruction. Although there are a variety of common risks factors that contribute to its development, Americans do not get their blood pressure checked as often as they should.
It is evident, however, that a combination of lifestyle changes along with a high blood pressure drug are effective against the disease also classified as the "silent killer." If managed properly, Americans have a significant opportunity to reverse the devastation of this severe medical condition.
Managing high blood pressure is essential for the well-being of the hypertensive patient. There are a variety of ways to do so and, if implemented properly, patients are able to live long healthy lives. Evidence has revealed that hypertension can contribute to worsening life-threatening medical conditions such as kidney failure, heart failure and stroke. As ...
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...
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