What is the cause and significance of very low diastolic blood pressure? While my systolic blood pressure fluctuates from 115 to 130, my diastolic pressure ranges from 36 to 64, with the average in the low 50s.
HLN's Dr. Drew and his guests consider the consequences of the Duggars having so many children.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have something to say to their critics.
Consuming less sodium has been shown to lower blood pressure, but for many people the health benefits this provides may be offset by a slight uptick in their cholesterol levels, a new analysis of previous research suggests.
A broadside against the dieting industry, Darryl Roberts' documentary isn't always pretty but it provides plenty of food for thought.
Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) -- simple ratio of height to weight -- is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child's risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.
Many more Americans may be at risk of having a stroke than previously thought.
People with depression are more likely to have a stroke than their mentally healthy peers, and their strokes are more likely to be fatal, according to a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
From the Food and Wine Classic, chef Daniel Boulud and Top Chef's Gail Simmons weigh in on the obesity epidemic.
You may be obese, but does that automatically mean you're unhealthy?
People with hypertension who replace a portion of the carbohydrates in their diet with soy protein or low-fat dairy may see a small yet meaningful decrease in their blood pressure, a new study suggests.
People who eat more sodium and less potassium may die sooner of heart or other problems than people who consume the opposite, a large, 15-year-study has found.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the USDA's new dietary guidelines, which include limiting sodium intake.
Guests at restaurants in Argentina's Buenos Aires province must say good-bye to the salt shaker.
I have been taking two drugs combined within one pill to control my blood pressure.They are olmesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (known as Benicar-HCT). I took them for approximately eight years, during which time I was part of the world of employment. For seven months since I retired I have found that my blood pressure seems to be holding around 120/78 or less each day when measured. I discussed the matter with my doctor, who advised me to use only half of the prescribed dosage. My question is: Is it possible to rid myself of taking the medication all together?
Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?
High blood pressure is very treatable, but it often means making changes in diet and lifestyle. CNN's John Lisk reports.
Listening to your favorite tunes or funny jokes could lower your blood pressure, perhaps even as much as cutting salt from your diet or dropping 10 pounds, according to the preliminary results of a small study presented Friday at American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.
Starting each day with a bowl of cereal -- especially a whole-grain variety -- could trim up to 20% off your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to preliminary research presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.
Drinking a lot of soda and other sugary beverages has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes, among other health problems.
What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets from 130 to 159 and switches constantly?
My sister and I were talking about salt. She has noticed that sea salt is currently being marketed as a healthy, or trendy, food additive, but can't figure out if there's any real science behind the marketing. Are nonsodium salts, like magnesium chloride and potassium chloride, any healthier than traditional sodium chloride? People with, say, high blood pressure are told to stick to low-sodium diets. But is it the sodium, or is it a different quality that causes the increased risk?
Whether it's a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.
My mother had triple bypass surgery one year ago. She was having chest pain again and hospitalized. There are more blockages, one right below a bypass and 70 percent blockage through a bypass. Also one bypass has failed. Her cholesterol and blood pressure are in good ranges and under control. What would have caused the new blockages so quickly from a year ago?
Permission granted: You can officially stop feeling guilty about those little "bad-for-you" habits you can't seem to break. Turns out, many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits -- helping you stay slim, fight off the blues, and kick disease to the curb.
It's no secret that high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Nor should it come as a surprise that binge drinking isn't the healthiest habit. But a new study suggests that combining the two may add up to double the trouble -- and much more, in some cases.
With their premature baby Josie finally home, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar say they're ready for another
Eating too much sodium can push your blood pressure into the danger zone. Now, researchers are reporting that eating too many sweets--or drinking too much soda--may have a similar effect.
My glucose levels usually run between 120 and 135 with a nonfasting blood test, though do not have a diagnosis of diabetes. I suffer greatly with my feet and been told by a podiatrist that it is neuropathy. Is it possible that my high glucose levels are causing the neuropathy?
A new study shows that Americans eat more than twice the sodium they need. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Sugar hides in plain view on many food labels, as honey, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and any number of nutrient-poor, calorie-rich, so-called "natural" sweeteners. And sugar has good reason to hide: It's the target of big public health campaigns, soda-taxing schemes, and anti-fructose agitation, the result of its suspected link to obesity.
Salt, a staple in most food, could soon be regulated if the Institute of Medicine has its way.
Eating the wrong food and gaining too much weight can clog arteries with fatty deposits, potentially leading to life-threatening heart attacks and strokes.
Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.
I'm a 21-year-old male college student, and a year ago, I had multiple fainting episodes within a few months. I was eventually diagnosed with a right bundle branch block (of no physiological relevance) and low blood pressure. I was prescribed 2,000 mg of salt each day to combat the low blood pressure. After my yearly checkup, my cardiologist said that I no longer had the RBBB. How does this disappear? While I admit the salt helps, I'm concerned it could have a long-term impact on my kidneys.
If Americans cut their salt intake by just half a teaspoon per day, it would produce public health benefits on par with reducing high cholesterol, smoking, or obesity, a new study has found.
A new study outlines the health benefits of having more sex. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the details.
Yoga instructor Sadie Nardini and her husband got an early start on their New Year's resolution: In December, the New York couple decided to have sex every day for the entire month.
Beloved "30 Rock" cast member Grizzwald "Grizz" Chapman is undergoing dialysis treatment while on the wait-list for a kidney transplant.
Having diabetes doesn't mean having to eat a spartan diet of bland, tasteless foods. But it does mean you have to pay close attention to portion control. Learn why some of the common myths about diabetic diets are not exactly true and what steps you can take to control diabetes.
The family's 19th child is delivered by emergency C-section after mom Michelle is diagnosed with the rare condition
Kidney disease is becoming a growing problem in developing countries, caused by an explosion in cases of diabetes and high blood pressure, experts say.
I am a male, 66 years old. In March 2008, my cardiologist prescribed spironolactone (2 mg daily). About two months ago, I started having soreness in my left breast, and both breasts seem to have enlarged. Is there a possible connection with the medication?
Women who develop a mild case of gestational diabetes during pregnancy tend to have fewer complications and healthier babies if the diabetes is treated, according to the first large-scale randomized trial in the U.S. to address whether such treatment leads to health benefits for mother and child.
You're under 50. You're pretty fit. You can't have a heart attack, right?
America's relationship to food and health has certainly changed in the 20 years since Cooking Light debuted. Some of those changes may seem discouraging: Rates of obesity and diabetes have risen, food-borne illnesses frequently make headlines, and more people eat meals -- often fast food -- away from home than ever before.
People in their 60s and 70s who have high blood pressure may want to make sure they get enough sleep. A new study suggests that if they log fewer than 7.5 hours under the covers every night, they're at greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death than their peers who get more shut-eye.
When Lana Phillip, now 45, decided to breast-feed her baby, she never imagined she would continue for three whole years.
A new study finds black adults developed heart failure at a rate 20 times higher that white adults.
A new study indicates that African-Americans suffer heart failure at a rate 20 times higher than their white counterparts.
High blood pressure is truly a silent killer. In fact, a heart attack or stroke may be the first sign that you even have a problem. That's why it's so important to get your blood pressure checked every time you go to the doctor -- especially if you're a woman.
If movies and soap operas are anything to go by, sex can be dangerous for people with heart conditions.
The TV pitchman's family criticizes the coroner for releasing "speculative conclusions"
A single gene, called MYH9, may be responsible for many cases of kidney disease among African-Americans, researchers say.
They're bigger, brawnier, and faster than the typical male, but are National Football League players healthier than other men their age?
As if losing your job isn't bad enough, a new study suggests that people who are laid off are at higher risk of being diagnosed with health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and even arthritis than those who keep their jobs.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports that people who are laid off are more likely to develop new health problems.
I have high blood pressure. I was just told that my creatinine was at 1.8, an indicator of chronic kidney disease.
Listen up, insomniacs! Tossing and turning into the wee hours may be more harmful than you think.
The statistics are sobering: Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. And an estimated 8 million women have it. What's more, a new study shows that in recent years the overall heart disease risk for Americans -- especially women -- hasn't continued the healthy downward trend it showed in previous decades.
A new study shows that patients don't need doctors to help control their blood pressure -- they're better off taking care of it at home
Fast, inexpensive, noninvasive patient exams offer hope for more effective treatment of heart disease in the developing world
High blood pressure can create serious problems during pregnancy. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Whether it's a partner's snore or an airplane's roar, noises can affect you even if they fail to rouse you from sleep. A new study tries to figure out why
The rate of hypertension in children is increasing, a new study finds, but doctors often miss the danger signs
The stock price for biotech Encysive Pharmaceuticals plunged more than 50 percent in Monday morning trading, following an FDA decision on Friday to approve a competing heart-lung drug from Gilead while calling Encysive's drug ineffective.
Heart problems? Me?
If you want to stay in tip top shape then you need to know your numbers. Whether it's keeping your blood sugar levels sweet or your waist measurement in shape, check out our handy health guide.
Doctors call it "the white-coat effect:" the natural rise in blood pressure that comes with exam-room anxiety. But a simple case of nerves couldn't explain the numbers that Roger Moeller, a 60-year-old editor and publisher in Bethlehem, Connecticut, was hearing during an annual physical.
A 49-year-old woman who died after riding on Walt Disney World's "Mission: Space" ride suffered a stroke linked to her high blood pressure, according to preliminary autopsy results released Friday by the Orange County medical examiner.
Already a menace
Forget your fears about a bird flu pandemic. Cardiologists say that the blood pressure pandemic is already here.
Pfizer's high blood pressure treatment Norvasc does a better job of decreasing the risk of fatal heart attacks than generic blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers, according to data released Sunday at the American Heart Association conference.
The "art" of medicine -- a term that doctors often fall back on when the "science" of medicine is open to interpretation -- was illustrated by studies in the leading medical journals this week.
News from the heart
The Food and Drug Administration approved Revatio, a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension that uses the same active ingredient as Viagra, said Pfizer Inc. on Monday.
Monday mornings could seriously damage your health, according to new research.
Bill Clinton is an excellent candidate to make a full, quick recovery from coronary bypass surgery, a cardiologist said Friday.
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