Can gut bacteria help us deal with high blood pressure?

Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found. The findings of the study have raised hopes that a simple probiotic could be used as a tool to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke caused by hypertension

Can gut bacteria help us deal with high blood pressure?An overwhelming proportion of existing studies warn that a high intake of sodium drastically increases your chances of high blood pressure. Here at Medical News Today, we have reported on studies showing that too much salt can double your chances of heart failure, and that even a low intake of salt may still put you […]

Migraine: Women have poorer quality of life than men, says study

Many of us are familiar with some form of the throbbing, uncomfortable, and distracting headache. As, there comes a point when work deadlines, irksome bosses, late nights, skimpy sleep schedules and traffic jams takes a toll on us. A new study published in JAPI- an Indian medical journal- shows women with migraine have poorer quality of life than

Migraine: Women have poorer quality of life than men, says studyA migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. A study published […]

Potassium equally important as sodium to maintain healthy blood pressure

Potassium, an electrolyte, is necessary for nerves to transport messages and for muscles to contract. It keeps the heart beating and helps to ship nutrients into cells and remove cellular waste. Potassium also assists in the maintenance of healthy bones and reduces the risk of kidney stones

Potassium equally important as sodium to maintain healthy blood pressureHigh blood pressure (or hypertension) is a silent killer. Worldwide, it affects an estimated 1 billion people. Approximately 75 million of these live in the United States – totalling around 1 in 3 people. The World Health Organization (WHO) calculates that hypertension is behind 51 percent of stroke-related deaths and 45 percent of heart disease […]

Here’s why you shouldn’t catch upon lost sleep over the weekend

Medical evidence suggests that for optimum health and function, the average adult should get seven to nine hours of sleep daily. But, those people who spent two or more hours catching up on sleep over the weekend, what researchers call ‘sleep debt,’ were more likely to have poor cardiovascular health

Here’s why you shouldn’t catch upon lost sleep over the weekendUsing the weekend to catch up on sleep may not be good for heart health, a new study suggests. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, included more than 21,000 older female health care professionals without a history of cardiovascular disease or cancer. Those who spent two or more hours catching up on […]

That ‘pinch of salt’ tied to hypertension

According to World Health Organization, 9.8 million people die every year due to hypertension. The single most important cause for hypertension is salt. Hence, there is a very strong need to control salt consumption. On November 12, 'Salt Satyagraha' was held at IIT Powai in order to create awareness about the same

That ‘pinch of salt’ tied to hypertensionFor most of the Indians, bland food is a no-no and the taste enhancer that has turned into our best food-buddy. Yes! Salt has come a long way. Salt is perhaps most well-known for its roles as a food preservative and flavoring agent. However, studies regarding salt consumption and its ill-effects have been highlighted quite a few times. […]

Here’s how our skin helps us in regulating heart rate and blood pressure

The causes of most cases of high blood pressure are unknown, but it is often accompanied by the reduced flow of blood through small vessels in the skin and other parts of the body that are a long way from the heart. It is not clear why this change happens or why it tends to get worse over time in people with high blood pressure that has not been treated

Here’s how our skin helps us in regulating heart rate and blood pressureDiseases of the heart and blood vessels are linked with high blood pressure. The causes of most cases of high blood pressure are unknown, but it is often accompanied by the reduced flow of blood through small vessels in the skin and other parts of the body that are a long way from the heart. […]

Know how air pollution affects your heart

Excessive air pollution is associated not only with respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer, but also cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies show that air pollution behaves akin to cigarette smoke. In addition, air pollution is also associated with chronic lifestyle disease like hypertension and diabetes

Know how air pollution affects your heartMajor Indian metropolitan cities are reeling under the effects of severe air pollution, euphemistically called ‘smog’, this phenomenon occurs every year during winter. This has deleterious effects not only on the respiratory system, but as recent studies show, also on the cardiovascular health of people living in urban areas. Excessive air pollution is associated not […]

What is the connection between diabetes and hypertension?

Studies have found that at least 1 in 3 patients with type 1 diabetes also have hypertension. When the two co-exist, the effects of one disease tend to make the other worse. This makes for a deadly combination

What is the connection between diabetes and hypertension?The American Diabetes Association reports that from 2000 to 2012, 71 percent of adults with diabetes had a blood pressure of greater or equal to 140/90 or were taking medications to help normalize blood pressure. What are hypertension and diabetes? Many people with diabetes also have hypertension, or high blood pressure. Having these conditions together […]

Exercise does not prevent blocked arteries, suggests study

The researchers found that the participants who had the highest levels of physical activity (trajectory three) were 27 per cent more likely to develop coronary artery calcification (CAC) by middle age, compared with people who exercised for under 2.5 hours per week. Although, the new findings should not be taken as a reason to stop exercising altogether

Exercise does not prevent blocked arteries, suggests studyCoronary artery calcification (CAC) is a condition characterized by a build-up of plaque in the main vessels that supply blood to the heart. This condition can lead to a wealth of cardiovascular problems, including the poor circulation of blood to and from the heart, depending on the severity of plaque build-up in the arteries. According […]

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says study

Hypertension in women in their 30s was not associated with dementia. But women who were hypertensive at an average age of 44 had a 68 per cent higher risk for dementia than those who had normal blood pressure at that age, even after adjusting for BMI, smoking and other risk factors

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says studyWomen with high blood pressure in their 40s are at increased risk for dementia in later years, researchers report. But the finding does not hold for men. Beginning in 1964, investigators collected health and lifestyle information on 5,646 men and women when they were 30 to 35 years old, and again when they were in […]
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