How and When to Wash Your Hands

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, handwashing is a crucial part of warding off infections and slowing the spread of COVID-19.  The coronavirus can infect you if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching an infected person’s bodily secretions or a contaminated surface. Despite the importance of handwashing, a study has shown that people […]

COVID-19 Topic: Why is Mask-wearing Important and How are N95, Surgical & Cloth Masks Different?

The CDC has officially changed its COVID-19 guideline on mask-wearing and has advised all Americans to wear cloth mask/face-covering in public. Previously, the CDC has advised Americans against wearing any masks—neither medical-grade nor home-made—if they’re not sick or taking care of someone who is sick.  Why has the CDC changed its guideline? This article will […]

What to Do About the Coronavirus Outbreak If You Have Hypertension or Heart Disease?

Right now, it has been widely reported that people with pre-existing conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes (type 1 & 2), a compromised immune system, and lung disease (such as asthma) are likely to develop more severe symptoms. The American Heart Association is “advising caution” for elderly people with hypertension and coronary heart disease, as […]

High Potassium Foods to eat for Hypertension

Potassium is an essential part of a well-balanced diet, but adequate intake is especially important for those with hypertension. Potassium can relax blood vessels’ walls, thus decreasing blood pressure. Potassium can also help the body remove excess sodium (salt), a mineral that raises blood pressure.  The recommended potassium intake by the American Heart Association is […]

Diet for High Blood Pressure: the DASH Guideline

The CDC reports that every day, 1,300 Americans die of high blood pressure or related illnesses. In 1992, The National Institue of Health funded research on what kind of diet can help people lower their high blood pressure, and the DASH eating plan was tested to effectively reduce blood pressure by multiple studies.  DASH stands […]

6 Tips to Reduce Sodium Intake for Hypertension

High sodium intake has long been studied by researchers as a potential culprit of high blood pressure (hypertension), a condition that can lead to stroke, heart failure, vision loss, kidney damage, and vascular dementia.  For adults, the American Heart Association suggests a daily sodium intake of no more than  2,300 mg with the ideal sodium […]

High Blood Pressure 101

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a “silent killer” that can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, and vascular dementia. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.13 billion people around the world are affected. What is high blood pressure?  The heart pumps constantly to transport blood […]

How to Use a Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor Correctly?

A study published in the Hypertension journal has pointed out that many people are misusing wrist blood pressure monitor at home, which leads to them getting inaccurate readings. The inaccurate readings are usually higher than what’s true. To help you get more accurate measurements, here are some guidelines for measuring your blood pressure.  First, here […]

How Multigenerational Homes Help with Senior Loneliness

The United Nations reports that the global population of people aged 60 and older will exceed 2 billion in 2050. Meanwhile, senior loneliness is one of the most difficult social problems to solve, and all of us will face the same problem sooner or later.   According to research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, […]

The Epidemic of Stress

Stress isn’t avoidable, but it is manageable. Stress has been shown to have serious health consequences ranging from reduced immunity to increased risk of heart disease. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to stress—health issues, relationships, financial difficulties, work, or even just our responses to daily life can all result in increased […]

Love The Summer Heat? Don’t Let It Get To Your Heart

With July slated as Earth’s hottest month ever recorded (yes, in history!), temperatures are showing no signs of slowing down, even as we approach the end of the summer. Running, biking, tennis and hiking are great ways to keep your heart healthy, but it’s important to adjust your approach to physical activity during the hot summer […]

3 Surprising Ways to Win Back Your Heart Health

We’ve heard it all before: eat more fruit, veggies, and whole grains, cut back on stress, get more exercise – health advice like this has become so commonplace, we barely acknowledge it anymore. So if you’re looking for a new twist on some valuable heart health tactics, you may be surprised by what we’ve discovered. […]