Why High Blood Pressure Climbs in Winter

There are three things you need to know about high blood pressure in winter or the so-called seasonal variation in blood pressure. 1. The cold temperature causes the blood vessel to narrow First of all, everyone’s blood pressure is higher in winter because low temperatures cause the skin to contract to control body temperature, putting pressure […]

Getting on a plane during COVID: what you should bring

Cramming into a metal box with hundreds of people for hours is not an ideal situation to be in during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this is the situation many people would find themselves in as they get on a plane for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and other holidays.  If you’re planning to fly soon, here […]

Coronavirus Tips: How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Now that mask-wearing becomes a daily routine for many during the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to learn how to properly put on and remove a facemask. Before we dive into the details, here are three rules of thumb:  Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the mask every timeAvoid touching the mask unnecessarily Cover […]

The Differences Between N95, KN95, Surgical, and Cloth Masks, Explained

During the coronavirus crisis, mask-wearing and the nation-wide shortage of masks have become hotly discussed topics. You might have already heard the names of many different types of masks: N95 respirator, KN95 respirator, surgical mask, and cloth mask, but are you confused about what each of them means and how they are different?   Read on […]

High Potassium Foods to Eat for Hypertension

Meet Potassium Potassium is an essential part of a well-balanced diet, but adequate intake is especially important for those with hypertension and 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. This article is going to review some high potassium […]

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 an 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 […]

High Blood Pressure only at the Doctor’s office – White-Coat Hypertension

Known as white-coat hypertension, this common condition may raise heart risks if left untreated. Medical appointments make most people feel at least a little bit anxious. But for some, that stress may trigger a temporary rise in blood pressure. If their blood pressure is normal at home and in other nonmedical settings, they have what’s […]

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