How to Control Your High Blood Pressure

By Intermountain Healthcare
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High blood pressure affects one in three adults. However, many don’t know they have it because symptoms usually don’t manifest until the condition becomes severe, giving high blood pressure the name “silent killer.”

 

Blood pressure is the force at which blood presses against artery walls, moving the blood through your body. High blood pressure is defined as being above 140/90, and it has negative health effects that can become serious. It damages artery walls by hardening and weakening them, encouraging plaque to build up. It can weaken and enlarge the heart by making it do more work. High blood pressure also puts people at serious risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and diabetes, contributing to almost 1,000 deaths each day.

Men, Women & Matters of the Heart

By Intermountain Healthcare
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A quick look at statistics makes it seem as though heart disease (including coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke) is a far more serious problem for men than women. But that’s not quite true. Overall, men are more likely to get heart disease at a younger age and more men die of heart disease than women – but women with heart disease tend to be sicker. A woman’s unique vulnerability to heart disease is the focus of many new research studies.

Identifying Congestive Heart Failure

By Tim Beery
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It has been reported that former first lady Nancy Reagan died this week at the age of 94. Her stated cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library.Read more for ways to identify congestive heart failure.