This recent article update seemed to have hit a nerve for some. Mostly because not only are there so many of us out here suffering from, or trying to control high blood pressure, but also because everywhere you turn now the buzzword seems to be ‘Inflammation.’
The small post from Sunday morning referenced recent articles that highlighted studies (mostly in mice and rats) that focused on hypertension and inflammation.
The inflammation in the hypertensive rats and mice was all over the board. Renal, arterial, hepatic, pleural and arthroscopic inflammation was studied as it affected the blood pressure for the little critters, and eventually they looked at the effects of using antioxidants to reduce the inflammation.
Sitting, breathing and chanting does more for blood pressure than most commonly prescribed medications, a research team from the Medical College of Wisconsin found. The research reveals the importance of monitoring and limiting stress for those with high blood pressure.
In this research study, a group of 200 men at risk for heart disease were asked to perform Transcendental Meditation everyday for twenty minutes. After a few weeks, important heart disease risk factors –including high blood pressure—fell dramatically. The results of the study were so dramatic that a spokesman from the National Institute of Mental Health in the UK remarked, “If Transcendental Meditation were a drug conferring so many benefits, it would be a billion-dollar blockbuster.”
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Doctors should spend more time discussing ways to reduce inflammation than cutting out salt with their high blood pressure patients, a paper published in this month’s Hypertension notes. The research paper summarizes the research of nearly 100 studies on high blood pressure.
Their conclusions? Inflammation is the cause of the vast majority of high blood pressure cases and that cutting down on salt isn’t as effective as many believe. They note that reducing inflammation will inevitably also reduce hypertension is most people and should therefore form the first line of attack against high blood pressure.
Frequently, the visitors to our site are people who are on a certain treatment plan, but they are disappointed with the results of it. This disappointment can range anywhere from the ineffectiveness of the pill to the side effects that tag along.
Many times it is both, but one complaint that we hear a lot rests solely in side effects: The medicine makes my ankles swell.
This is not an uncommon side effect. In fact, a quick review of the warning labels of ten of the most commonly prescribed blood pressure medications reveals that all carry a warning on the label of swollen feet or ankles and to alert the doctor when it occurs.
Calcium channel blockers are the most common culprits when ankle swelling is a problem.
A business associate emailed me this week because he was completely exhausted. His wife had decided that the month of August would be clean-up time, since the kids would be headed back to school , routines and crazy schedules would be starting, and frankly, they were falling over their junk.
Three kids, a dog and two parents have a lot of ‘stuff.’ Cram this into a house with even 4 bedrooms and it’s a recipe for elevated blood pressure and illness if not carefully managed.
If you’ve been diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure it may be time to get tested again, recommends a report by Duke University. In this report, a team of researchers investigated the so-called “White Coat” effect –the influence of a doctor’s presence on test results –on blood pressure readings.
They found that many blood pressure readings, when taken only once, were wildly inaccurate –meaning that many healthy people are currently receiving high blood pressure treatment they don’t need. They advise doctors and other health care professionals to take blood pressure readings at least 5 times to be sure of an accurate reading.
We write a lot about different methods and tips for maintaining healthy blood pressure, alleviating anxiety, and other general health topics. Frequently, this includes summaries on different supplements.
Most of the time our authors like to pull comments from the emails and comment boxes when readers have questions or comments about certain tips or products, and we always like to look at what’s trending in studies conducted by different research labs.
Sometimes we will try to run down info on late-breaking discoveries, but frequently we will have a good look at decades-old information but only with a fresh set of eyes.
It might be tried-and-true home remedies like the benefits of increasing garlic in the diet or getting more vitamin D. Sometimes, we look at ‘old wives’ tales” too to see if there is any merit to that as well.
For a lot of people, their doctor does a good job of putting into ‘lay speak’ what he or she is seeing during that visit and can give a patient a good idea of diagnosis and treatment.
For many others, though, going to the doctor, clinic, or hospital is really intimidating…and not for the normal reasons you might think.
A particularly harmful form of fat –known as visceral fat—has more to do with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease than total body fat, according to a research study published in this week’s “Hypertension Research.”
In this study a group of 600 men had their blood pressure and levels of visceral fat measured. The researchers found that the men with the highest levels of visceral fat had 5 times greater hypertension risk when compared to those with low levels of this special type of body fat. Visceral fat is fat stored deep inside the abdomen that’s thought to dramatically increase inflammation –a key driver of high blood pressure.
Those with hypertension who like to curl up on a winter evening with a hot mug of cocoa may be doing their blood pressure a huge favor, according to a research review published in the “Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.” In the study, researchers weighed in on the growing research linking cocoa consumption and reduced blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
They note that cocoa is unusually high in a special class of antioxidants known as flavanols. The paper author’s note that the flavanols found in cocoa are effective for reducing blood pressure by 5 percent or more. Cocoa flavanols also improve the health of arteries –reducing the risk of dangerous plaque formation.
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