Hypertension and Stroke

High Blood Pressure and OTC Products: Important Cautions

A quick online search yields no shortage of natural cures for chronic conditions, from herbal medicines to homeopathic treatments. But take heed: These readily available remedies can be dangerous, especially when combined with prescription drugs.

Blood Pressure Monitors: Wrist vs. Arm

Are you considering purchasing a wrist blood pressure monitor? If you answered yes, you should know that they are not as accurate as traditional arm monitors-and the American Heart Association does not recommend them.

The New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Important Highlights

Late last fall, long-awaited revised guidelines about high blood pressure from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) lowered the cutoffs defining hypertension and thus greatly expanded the number of Americans who officially have the condition-from 72 million under the old guidelines to 103 million now. That's nearly half of all adults, including…

Atrial Fibrillation Patients: Undertreated and at Risk

Many people who are at high risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation either don't get the right stroke-preventing medication or they don't take their drugs as prescribed. New studies suggest this lack of preventive treatment further increases the chance of a disabling or deadly stroke.

Blood Test May Predict Hypertension

Hypertension has traditionally been diagnosed by a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Before that threshold is reached, however, undetected blood pressure elevations may have already caused heart damage.

How Stroke Affects the Brain

The effects of a stroke can be devastating. Damage to brain cells can result in long-lasting impairments of senses, motor skills, behavior, language ability, memory, and thought processes. The good news is that experts are finding that the brain has great plasticity and powers of recuperation.

10 Risk Factors for Stroke

A stroke cuts off the brains most precious commodity-blood. Starved of this oxygen-rich nourishment, brain cells die. As these cells are lost, with them go critical abilities like speech and movement.