Couple using in-home blood pressure monitor.
Digital devices can make a real difference in treating chronic diseases. But many who have these conditions are poor, and they often cannot afford the devices.
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.
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Improvements in education and vascular health are likely partly responsible for a sharp decline in dementia over the past few decades. The trend may continue, if we also address obesity and diabetes.
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.
A bucket of chips contains around 275mg of sodium, which accounts for 16% of an adult’s daily limit.
Around 60% of Australians over the age of two years exceeded the recommended daily maximum intake of salt.
Mobile technology can help people adhere to treatment regimes.
If hypertension patients don't take their medication regularly, they can't control this lifelong disease. Text message communication from clinics can help remind them.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. And in the developing world, it is on the rise.
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.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Blood pressure refers to how hard the blood is pushing against the wall of arteries.
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