Until recently, the traditional definition of hypertension only classified patients with sustained blood pressure readings of 140/90 mmHg or higher as having this condition, despite the fact that it took years to get to those numbers. But doctors are now more aggressive in treating patients whose readings fall below those specific numbers in an effort to prevent them from reaching the hypertensive state.
Stress can have a significant impact on your physical health. Although research has not yet found it to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stress has been linked with conditions such as high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels, known contributors to CVD. Protect your heart health by keeping your stress at a manageable level.
Its been more than a decade since doctors received a new drug to help them battle hypertension (high blood pressure) in patients. During that time, the hypertension epidemic has grown to affect an estimated 25 percent of Americans-and it still remains uncontrolled in nearly 70 percent of those who have it. Thats why the recent approval of a new hypertension drug-aliskiren (Tekturna)-by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is of interest.
Contrast dye is injected into the blood vessels to give cardiologists a better view of your arteries during a heart catheterization.can we be more specific about what kind of substance it is? Similar agents are used during some computed tomography (CT) scans or other medical procedures. If you have such a procedure scheduled, you should definitely inform your cardiologist that youve had a problem with contrast dye in the past. If possible, also try to relate how long ago it occurred and what your specific reaction was.
My husband has high blood pressure. His cardiologist switched him from a beta blocker to an ACE inhibitor because his pulse readings were below 50. Since the switch, his blood pressure readings have averaged 160/88 compared with 125/75 on the beta-blocker. What should we do next?
I had a serious heart attack in 1998 and open-heart surgery with one bypass in 1991. My current ejection fraction is 25 to 35 percent, and I would like to improve it. Am I a candidate for cardiac stem cell treatment?
Doctors often enroll multiple medications to fight a killer.
Countering just one or two, now, could turn your cardiac clock back.
Systolic inconsistency; Plavix and small bruise marks; Amiodarone as treatment for arrhythmias
Hypertension medication; Drug coating options for stents; Non-invasive alternative to a cardiac catheterization
What you do for your heart pays off for your brain and memory.
Disparity in blood pressures, different kinds of strokes, stress-test drugs that raise heart rates