Latest by Glenn Gandelman, M.D., M.P.H.

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Anger, Stress and High Blood Pressure

A recent study indicates that angry men have higher blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease. Long-term stress affected both men and women. Individuals with pre-hypertension, a systolic blood pressure between 120 and 140, or a diastolic bet...

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High Blood Pressure and Stroke: How Does One Effect the Other?

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 ...

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Salt and High Blood Pressure - What's Better: Sodium or Potassium?

In one word, potassium. Nearly 95% of the high blood pressure in the world is known as primary, essential, or idiopathic hypertension. It is called this because no clear underlying cause can be identified. Instead, doctors simply treat the high blood ...

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Fish Oil and Heart Disease

Fish oil contains Omega-3, a substance that has remarkable and beneficial effects on heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acid is often misnamed an “alternative” or “natural” medication. Penicillin was, of course, derived from a living organism and was there...

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Is My Heart Beating Too Hard?

I have high blood pressure, but I do not know the cause. I have been feeling like my heart is pumping way too hard sometimes for no reason. My heart rate is normal most of the time, but the actual beats feel forceful. This is a good question. I have ...

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What are the effects of coffee on your blood pressure?

I am just learning that I may have borderline high blood pressure and I am a big coffee drinker. What are the effects of coffee on your blood pressure? Caffeine is a stimulant. Caffeine speeds up the heart rate and increases blood pressure soon after ...

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Why Does My Blood Pressure Drop When I Exercise?

Here are some possible causes for blood pressure to drop after exercise.

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Will My Blood Pressure Medication Give Me ED?

There is some debate in the medical literature over whether erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is caused by high blood pressure or the medications use to treat hypertension. The answer is probably both.

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High Blood Pressure By The Numbers

Most visits to the doctor’s office include a measurement of blood pressure. But what do the blood pressure numbers really mean? Blood pressure is usually measured in the upper arm with a cuff wrapped tightly around the arm and inflated with air. The ...

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The Causes of High Blood Pressure

Today I would like to review some of the primary causes of High Blood Pressure. In most cases, there is no clear cause of high blood pressure. The term "essential hypertension" is used in these instances. Doctors can often treat the high b...