Common myths about blood pressure, busted!

There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding Blood Pressure(BP) and its treatment. Understanding and debunking these myths is important, not just to change your numbers but overall health. Let us look at 8 of the most common misconceptions and the truth behind each

Common myths about blood pressure, busted!Misconception: There is nothing we can do to prevent Hypertension. Truth: Even if a person is showing many risk factors, few preventive steps taken in the right direction can help controlling and preventing high BP. These include judicious weight control, healthy food habits, low salt consumption, regular exercise and by avoiding stress Misconception:  One abnormal […]

Neck scan detects dementia way before symptoms appear, reveals study

A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim. Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years

Neck scan detects dementia way before symptoms appear, reveals studyThey found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants Researchers have shown that early dementia signs could be detected by a simple short scan of the individual’s neck. The actual dementia symptoms could be seen up to 10 years after […]

Pune: Health check-up for 600 PMPML employees helps diagnose new diabetes patients

Over 600 Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) employees get tested; 16% were either known or were newly diagnosed to have diabetes. 6% new diabetics were diagnosed. Thus, one third of the patients who had high sugars were unaware

Pune: Health check-up for 600 PMPML employees helps diagnose new diabetes patientsIn a free health check-up arranged by Hirabai Cowasji Jehangir Medical Research Institute organized (HCJMRI), around 6 per cent new cases of diabetes were diagnosed. Also, one third of the patients who had high sugars were unaware. On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, HCJMRI had arranged a free health check for PMPML employees at […]

Alcohol consumption during festivals may affect your heart health

Dr Hasmukh Rawat, a Senior Interventional Cardiologist, and HOD-Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how alcohol can further aggravate the Blood pressure of a person and how to tackle it

Alcohol consumption during festivals may affect your heart healthWith the festival season in full swing, kitchens, across the county, are filled with aromatic, irresistible sweets and savouries. Add a few drinks to the menu, and your festivities light up. At the same time, your blood pressure spikes and cholesterol levels peak, risking the well-being of your heart. Almost everyone considers consumption of alcohol […]

Want to keep your blood pressure steady? Don’t forget to brush and floss

Researchers reported Monday that in adults whose hypertension was being treated with medications, systolic blood pressure - which measures pressure in the vessels when the heart beats - got higher as the health of their teeth and gums declined

Want to keep your blood pressure steady? Don’t forget to brush and flossCompared to hypertensive patients who had no signs of periodontal disease, those with inflamed gums were 20% less likely to have gotten their blood pressure within healthy limits. In addition, patients whose dental health was poor had systolic blood pressure readings that were 3 mm HG higher, on average, than similar patients with healthy gums. […]

Certain blood pressure drugs linked to increased risk of lung cancer

Certain blood pressure drugs may carry an increased risk of lung cancer, research has suggested. Patients who took angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) were up to 31 per cent more likely to develop the disease, according to a study

Certain blood pressure drugs linked to increased risk of lung cancerUse of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor drugs (ACEIs) to lower blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer compared with use of another group of blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), finds a study in The BMJ today. The risk is particularly elevated among people using ACEIs for more than […]

Heart health may impact brain function as early as childhood, reveals study

A child’s blood pressure could indicate cognition problems into adulthood, according to a new study suggesting the cardiovascular connection to cognitive decline could begin much earlier in life than previously believed

Heart health may impact brain function as early as childhood, reveals studyThe findings may provide a window into the roots of dementia, for which high blood pressure is considered a risk factor. “We wondered is there perhaps some signal early in life that tells us high blood pressure is bad for you throughout your entire life?” said Dr Arfan Ikram, lead author of the Dutch study […]

#WorldObesityDay: Increased BMI linked with lower mental well-being, reveals study

 The study, published today (Wednesday, 26 September) in the BMJ, explored the impact of aspects of physical health, such as body weight, heart health and blood pressure, to see whether a wide age range of individuals with poorer physical health went on to be less happy and less satisfied with their lives

#WorldObesityDay: Increased BMI linked with lower mental well-being, reveals studyThere is an increasing need to prevent obesity because of the consequences for mental as well as physical health, new research by academics at the University of Bristol has found. Previous studies have shown that individuals who are happier and more satisfied with their lives tend to have better physical health and live longer than […]

7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure reading

Learn what to avoid doing in order to not influence your blood pressure while it is being checked by your doctor

7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure readingMum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked. Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. “These simple things can make a difference in whether or not a person is classified as […]

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk, finds study

Scientists at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea - with other institutions - have now assessed the associations between fluctuations in some certain types of health measurement and cardiovascular health outcomes

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk, finds studyRecent research cautions that fluctuating weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. The health measurements include body weight, systolic blood pressure (blood pressure during heartbeats), cholesterol, and blood sugar. Essentially, the investigators wanted to see whether or not high variability of these health measurements […]
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