If you take medication for hypertension and feel faint or dizzy, tell your doctor. It may be a sign that your blood pressure is dropping too low, which can cause falls, according to a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Much research shows that blood pressure measurement, as typically done in medical settings, is often not as accurate as it should be and that many people may thus be misdiagnosed as having—or not having—hypertension. Usually the results err in being too high, meaning that people may be put on medication unnecessarily. To address this problem, this spring the American Heart Association (AHA) released guidelines about the proper measurement of blood pressure, its first update on the subject since 2005.
Results from two recent studies provide more evidence that a healthful diet and exercise can reduce the risk of stroke—and more.
Exercise programs may reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension as much as first-line medication does, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat erratically, which can trigger ischemic strokes, the most common type. Normal heart rhythm can be restored with medical therapy, or may happen spontaneously. However, disturbed heart rhythm may recur, suggesting that people with resolved AF remain at risk, a team of British researchers discovered.
There's plenty most people can do to lower elevated blood pressure, including healthy lifestyle changes and a variety of different classes of hypertension medications. But even those strategies aren't enough for some people, and their blood pressure remains high, a condition called resistant hypertension. Here's the latest advice on how to treat it.
Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and the risks of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular ills. They suggest ...
Mirror therapy may provide some improvement in the ability to move limbs affected by stroke, according to a recent review of the scientific literature on this rehabilitative treatment.
Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and health. It found that overall, the standard definition of moderate drinking— one to two drinks per day—was linked to increased risk of certain cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.
Depending upon the part of the brain impacted, a major stroke can have devastating effects, particularly on a survivor's motor skills. Given the challenges of coping with the subsequent disabilities, physical rehabilitation is a core part of post-stroke recovery. The goal is to help patients regain as much of their pre-stroke function as possible.
Here are 13 things you may not know about strokes, some of which may save a life, according to the American Heart Association.
If you have high blood pressure, checking it regularly at home might help you better control the condition, even if your doctor takes your blood pressure at most appointments.
Gender is no barrier to strokes, which occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked (an ischemic stroke) or damage is caused by bleeding in the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke). But there are some gender differences when it comes to stroke: On average, women tend to have strokes later in life than men do, women have worse outcomes after a stroke, and some stroke risks for women are different from those of men.
Taking certain medications to control hypertension before bedtime will not only improve nighttime blood pressure control but may also modestly reduce the risk of developing diabetes, suggests a study from Spanish researchers. Since diabetes is a prime concern for people with high blood pressure, any steps that could cut your risk are worth a closer look.
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before going to bed, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.