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To Have (Or Maybe Not Have) a Stroke

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

"You're not leaving here with your blood pressure that high," the doctor said. It was 189 over something equally ridiculous. It was not interested in ...

Follow Monica's Lead: Make a Heart-Healthy 'Self-Check'

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

R&B singer Monica was just 18 years old and already a star. The diagnosis: a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse. In simple terms, the flap between the upper and lower chambers of her heart wasn't closing properly.

10 Kidney Health Resolutions for 2016

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

What's great about this list is that you can get some quick gratification from working some of the easier tasks, while tracking your progress on the long-term goals that will help you change your habits over time. Here's my prescription for a healthy, kidney-friendly 2016!

Germs & Politics: Why I Don't Own a White Coat

Aviva Romm | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

Though as an M.D. I did pass through the ranks of "short coat" to "earn" a long coat and be considered a medical authority, and I loved my medical training at Yale, I prefer my authority to come across in what I know and share.

This Holiday Season, Let's Fight The 'Silent Killer'

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

One of the best things about the holiday season is the emphasis on spending time with friends and family. While many of these gatherings include swapping gifts, the real treasure is simply being with the people who mean the most in our lives.

The Gift Everyone Needs This Holiday Season

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Consider giving the gift of your time to spark that loved one to take his or her health seriously. It can be as simple as giving a gift certificate promising at least 30 minutes of your time weekly to go for a walk or a gym class. This may be one way to save on the credit card statements but still give someone a heartfelt gift of health.

Restaurant Group Sues NYC Over New Salt-Warning Labels

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's new warning label for salt-laden chain restaurant food is headed for a court fight, after restaurateurs sued Thursda...

NYC's Salt Warning Labels Take Effect This Week

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol...

Got PMS? You Might Have High Blood Pressure In The Future, Says Study

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe Published: 11/25/2015 10:14 AM EST on LiveScience The headaches, fatigue and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome may be ...

Should Your Blood Pressure Be Lowered to 120?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.

Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

There are ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke — for example, you can exercise more and not smoke. But should a stroke occur, you might ...

Mindfulness Health Insurance: How We Heal the System (And Ourselves)

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

It's time we joined our Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and started leveraging health solutions at the site of greatest opportunity: the individual. Mindfulness can unlock this vast and under-utilized health resource. So what is mindfulness?

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Catherine Y. Spong

When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.

Diabetic Kidney Disease: A Key to Earlier Diagnosis

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

As you stare down those sweets and calories at the Thanksgiving table, you may need to consider being screened for diabetes and diabetic kidney disease. It has been estimated that one-third of diabetics are undiagnosed.

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Your Health

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Lauren

Here are some of the ways daily mindfulness will assist you in the awareness of living a better, more fulfilling and healthier life. You may have heard this before, so now I ask you to try to adopt it into your day so that you can implement it into your lifestyle for positive results.

'White Coat Syndrome' Is Anything But, According To A New Study

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living

For all its life-saving potential, a blood pressure reading isn't necessarily as straightforward as you'd think. For some people, the stress of havin...

New Blood Pressure Recommendations Could Change The Way Millions Are Treated

Next Avenue | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.14.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Craig Bowron New recommendations on blood pressure screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF...

How Low Can You Go?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This is important news for the 1 in 3 Americans who are estimated to have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and death in our nation.

Blood Pressure Patients: You Need To Know The Latest

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

If you or a loved one is 50 or older and has high blood pressure plus another risk factor for heart disease, you might want to schedule an appointment...

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Neal Barnard, M.D.

Maintaining a systolic blood pressure of 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) could reduce risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death, according to study results from the National Institutes of Health's Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT).

Blood Pressure Should Be Much Lower, According To Landmark Study

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living

A landmark study on blood pressure management set to conclude in 2017 has shown such significant results that the National Institutes of Health ...

20 Fun Ways to Relax on the Weekend

Tom Casano | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Casano

There is a reason why Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" song is so popular. The weekend is a time to relax. It's a mini-vacation from work. Some people choose to read a book or go to the park while others take small road trips and have movie marathons. Even though there are only two days, you can still relax in several different ways.

'Just What the Doctor Ordered'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.18.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I began to wonder about my longevity when I read that researchers in the United Kingdom had created a survey that can calculate a person's chances of dying in the next five years.

Treating High Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnea While You Sleep

B. Gail Demko, DMD | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
B. Gail Demko, DMD

Fatigue, daytime sleepiness and moodiness are all well-known side effects of a bad night's sleep -- but many of my patients don't realize that serious sleep problems can affect not only mood and energy levels, but physical health, as well.

10 Reasons to Get to Know Qigong: Yoga's Less Popular Cousin

Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M.

Here are 10 reasons why you'll love getting to know Qigong: