Blood Pressure Article

Common Causes of High Blood Pressure

blood vessels, helping to keep them elastic and supple. Many people, however, breathe shallowly. Shallow breathing sets off a cascade of reactions in the body that can be a cause of high blood pressure. Your heart rate increases and the level of oxygen in the blood falls, which alters your blood's

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What Is High Blood Pressure?

blood pressure, or hypertension, has become so prevalent in our society that it's perceived as a "minor" problem. Nothing could be further from the truth. You may not feel the effects of high blood pressure (if your blood vessels had nerves you certainly would), but your heart does. High blood pressure

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The Proper Way to Take Blood Pressure

…100 percent for regular blood pressure screenings—as long as they're done properly. Unfortunately, taking blood pressure has become so routine that sloppy, inaccurate procedures cause many people to be incorrectly diagnosed as having high blood pressure when their pressures are actually normal. Researchers…

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Natural Treatments for High Blood Pressure

…can lower blood pressure without medication If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, I recommend trying natural treatments to lower your blood pressure before using any type of costly (and potentially dangerous) prescription medication. There are three general ways to lower blood pressure naturally…

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Three Foods to Fight Metabolic Syndrome

…resistance syndrome,” is loosely defined as having any three of the following: abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, high fasting blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, or low HDL cholesterol. Individually, these conditions are problematic, but even more troubling in combination; you should be aware…

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Living After a Heart Attack

…showed very significant improvement in several areas including: improved heart rate; lower blood pressures, both systolic and diastolic; a decreased number of angina attacks; fewer rhythm disorders; improved blood fat levels; and better overall heart strength and pumping ability. After 12 months the mortality…

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The Benefits of Isometric Exercises

…Exercise Like all exercises, isometric exercise carries some risks. * Blood pressure spikes. While all forms of exercise tend to increase blood pressure, isometric exercises cause the highest rise of all. When a muscle contracts, blood is forced out of the muscle tissue and into the bloodstream, causing…

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Treating Impotency Like a Man

…to having adequate blood flow in the area. Sexual excitement triggers a slight increase in blood pressure and sends a message through the nervous system to channel blood into the three main arteries of the penis. Blood then begins to fill the sponge-like cylinders. As pressure increases, the small…

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Foods That Can Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels

…certain fish oils, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, one of the omega-3 essential fatty acids), can help lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and clogged arteries. You can certainly opt to get your fish oil through capsules, but I recommend that you simply make…

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Beating Metabolic Syndrome

blood pressure; and poor glucose tolerance. The combination of even three or four of these increases your risk for disease. Some of these conditions are: * Heart or vascular disease—This occurs due to the inability of your body to properly deal with lipids or fats, resulting in high blood pressure,…

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The Right Probiotic Supplement for People Age 50 and Older

blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Our immune system is just not as effective. We often have a harder time swallowing pills and digesting certain foods, such as dairy. And we often become less adventurous with our diet and routinely eat the same dishes. See a list of all articles

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Iron Deficiency and Natural Treatments for Anemia

…energy, extreme fatigue—or one of the many symptoms I’ll mention later—you may have a problem with iron deficiency. But to call it "iron poor blood" would be an oversimplification, to say the least. Your intake and utilization of iron involves many areas, and you need to have a full understanding…

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Circadian Rhythms Affect Digestion, Heart, and Lungs

…fraught with potential problems. Blood chemistry changes rapidly. As your sympathetic nervous system kicks in, it triggers increases in cortisol, cathecholamines, serotonin, renin, aldosterone, angiotensin, and free radicals. These restrict blood flow, increase blood pressure, and set the stage for more serious…

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The Many Benefits of Niacin

…the treatment of acne. It can help reduce blood pressure; improve circulation to the legs and feet in diabetics and the elderly; and even help stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. It has been especially useful for increasing the blood supply to the ear in cases of deafness, vertigo…

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Dehydration: A Hidden Cause of Joint Pain

…diuretic effect, particularly the “water pills” given to control blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about switching to a different blood pressure medication. (Or, better yet, use natural, drug-free therapies to lower your blood pressure.) A diet rich in protein and fat promotes fluid loss. (Urea, a byproduct…

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