Bacteria are everywhere, and from time to time they make us sick. Yet few people become alarmed when bacteria settle in their throat or lungs. After a few days of antibiotics, their sore throat or flu-like symptoms disappear, and they feel fine.
Having an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, celiac disease, lupus or inflammatory bowel disease greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The connection is systemic inflammation. Inflammatory cells settle in blood vessel walls, where they perpetuate inflammation and make plaque prone to rupture, causing a heart attack or stroke.
I have borderline elevated blood pressure and was told there are new recommendations for blood pressure treatment. What are they? I am an active 76-year-old man. Last year, my doctor told me that it was okay for my systolic blood pressure to be in the 150s. Is this best for me?
As Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Chad Raymond, DO, sees the damage caused by high blood pressure every day. Thats why he makes a point of counseling patients whose blood pressure is on the rise.
If the candles in your menorah leave you feeling sad, or you are overwhelmed with worry that Christmas dinner wont meet everyones expectations, you may be suffering from depression or anxiety. Whether you celebrate the season or not, its likely the holidays are only making you feel worse.
Tis the season for office parties, cocktail parties, reunions, family gatherings and other occasions where alcohol freely flows. When youre enjoying yourself, its easy to drink more alcohol than you intended. Never mind the hangover that youll regret tomorrow: Consuming too much alcohol in a single occasion can trigger an irregular heartbeat.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., but that doesnt tell the full story of its burden on society and families, suggests a Cleveland Clinic researcher. Glen Taksler, PhD, lead author of a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health, says that by measuring the costs of heart disease, cancer and the other top causes of death in terms of life-years lost, we get a different picture of how serious these illnesses impact society. Life-years lost focuses on the number of years lost compared to a persons life expectancy.
Going even just a few nights without treating your obstructive sleep apnea puts you at risk for higher levels of blood glucose (sugar) and higher blood pressure. This common sleep disorder can also contribute to higher levels of stress hormones in your system.
When blood pressure control requires medications, you and your doctor have many options. There are dozens of types of antihypertensive drugs, and within each class of drug there are dozens more brand and generic options.
Current blood pressure management guidelines recommend maintaining a blood pressure of less than 120/80 mm Hg. Guidelines further state that treatment is appropriate for most people if their blood pressure reaches 140/90 mm Hg or higher.
If your blood pressure is still as low as it was when you were much younger, you might be inclined to take pride in avoiding a condition that threatens the health of millions of Americans: high blood pressure (hypertension).
Of the many modifiable risk factors that contribute to chronic disease and death, obesity is far and away the biggest cause of preventable life-years lost, according to a study by Cleveland Clinic and New York University. In the study, researchers found that obesity resulted in 47 percent more lost life-years than cigarette smoking.