Tag Archives: high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure: New Guidelines Affect Many

You know your age. You probably know how much you weigh. You might even know where you fall on the body mass index. But do you know your blood pressure? If you don’t, the few minutes it takes to have it read could save your life. High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because […]

5 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Nearly half of all U.S. adults need to lower their blood pressure, according to new health guidelines. Whether you fall into this group, it’s smart to practice healthy lifestyle habits that have a direct effect on your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. Taking care of yourself requires some commitment but […]

Stroke Prevention: Know Risk Factors, Make Healthy Choices

Knowing that brain cells die every minute, Dr. John R. Baker and his neurointerventional team work as quickly as possible on every stroke patient they treat to restore oxygen to the brain. Advanced imaging and technology enable Dr. Baker to remove blood clots, repair blood vessels in the brain and stop bleeding. At Bon Secours […]

Regular Exercise May Help Black Americans Avoid High Blood Pressure

Working up a sweat on a regular basis may be a strategy for black Americans to lower the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. The prevalence of high blood pressure in black Americans is among the highest in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 45 percent of black men […]

Prevent High Blood Pressure: Get It Checked

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked by a doctor lately, you could be one of the millions of Americans who has hypertension, but is completely unaware of it. Unlike so many other serious health problems, high blood pressure – the “silent killer” – rarely causes any symptoms. That might explain why one out […]

Have a Healthy New Year: Take Advantage of Screenings

Resolve to protect your health this year by staying up to date with important health screenings and immunizations. A simple phone call to schedule an appointment with your primary health provider is the first step toward taking charge of your health. Screenings help detect illnesses and diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. “It’s […]

Children Consuming Excessive Sodium, Health Officials Warn

Pizza. Soups. Processed Snacks. Many American kids love to fill up on these salty foods to keep hunger at bay. Trouble is, these quick meals loaded with sodium could be setting up children for heart disease when they’re older, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 90 percent of […]

Learn Your Family’s Health History This Thanksgiving

A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives. As you gather together with relatives, take time to also gather your family’s medical history. By asking your relatives a few simple questions, you can discover if diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers such as breast […]

Skipping, Stopping Blood Pressure Rx Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Millions of Americans do not take their blood pressure medicine properly, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Just half of those 70 million people have the condition under control. One […]

Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Stroke Risks after 65

Preventing a stroke when you’re over 65 may be influenced by how fit you were in your 40s. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say people in their mid- to late-40s at the top of their fitness game had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke after age 65 in a study […]