Millions more Australians will be diagnosed with having high blood pressure if the recommendations are followed.
Previously, a person would be diagnosed with high blood pressure if their systolic reading was 140mmHg. But it's recommended this threshold be lowered to 130mmHg, which will do more harm than good.
Canada has done a remarkable job of reducing lead in people’s bodies. But the experience of Flint, Mich. – where children were exposed to toxic levels of lead – teaches us to remain cautious. Here, Flint citizens watch testimonies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in Washington during 2016.
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Reduced lead exposure has made us smarter and healthier. Could changes in regulatory agencies across North America endanger this?
Most Canadians eat at least double the daily adequate intake of sodium. And, shockingly, 93 per cent of children aged four to eight exceed Health Canada’s Tolerable Upper Intake Level.
Most men, women and children in Canada exceed the tolerable upper limits of salt for their bodies. Consumers need to understand how much salt is too much -- to avoid hypertension and heart disease.
Biological age calculators are a crude measurement but can be a wake-up call to improve our lifestyle.
Four in five of us have a "biological" age older than our real age, which means we have at least one risk factor that is higher than the number set as “normal”.
Some medications increase our risk of blood clots. And so does flying.
Commonly recommended sleeping tablets aren't appropriate for plane travel. Here's why.
They provide more than warmth.
Some research studies have found light to moderate drinking to be protective of heart health; others have found long term drinking to be damaging.
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Is a glass or two of red wine good for your heart? What about your cholesterol and blood pressure? Our experts explain the controversies.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
You’ve probably had your blood pressure measured using the “cuff method”. But how accurate was the reading?
A blood pressure test can say a lot about your health, but new research says not all readings are correct.
A hot bath burns calories, helps control blood sugar and keeps your blood vessels healthy. What's not to like?
High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, but now researchers have found that it may be protective in the very old.
To improve your blood pressure, eat rolled oats or oat bran for breakfast.
High blood pressure can be treated or prevented. Eating oats, fruit and vegetables – and beetroot, in particular – helps. So does avoiding salt, liquorice, caffeine and alcohol.
The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of a heart attack or stroke, but there are many other risk factors too.
New Australian blood-pressure guidelines support a new lower pressure target of 120, but not for everyone.
It's known that Montmorency cherry juice improves sleep, gout symptoms and muscle recovery after exercise. The latest research shows that it can also reduce blood pressure.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
Consistently high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and needs to be treated. But what if your GP's blood pressure readings are wrong?
People donate money during a flash football game organized by Arlington High School football player Max Gray, 18, to raise money for Jonielle Spiller, the mother of youth football player Jovon “Jo Jo” Mangual, 13, who died during the Oso mudslide, in Arlington.
Stepping toward better health (and happiness) may be as simple as spending your next $20 generously.
Energy drinks are often promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.
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Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
Blood pressure refers to how hard the blood is pushing against the wall of arteries.
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If you’re an adult and have ever visited a doctor, you’ve probably had your blood pressure measured. General practitioners tend to obsess over blood pressure. But with good reason: hypertension, or persistently…
Reducing Australians’ salt intake by 30% could save 7,000 lives a year.
While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt. And we’re paying the price with our health; a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure…