High Blood Pressure in the Elderly

  • Lowering My Blood Pressure without Pills

    My blood pressure has been a challenge these past few years... sometimes too low, sometimes too high. I'm trying to take fewer meds and supplements, so here are a few "natural" things I'm doing to keep my blood pressure in check.

  • Why I’m Ditching the Blood Pressure Pills I’ve Taken for 40 Years

    Medical authorities now say blood pressure for seniors without cardiac issues can go safely up to 150/90. For that and other reasons, I'm quitting the pills. Here's why.

  • 3 Ways Blood Pressure Meds Can Lower Your Dementia Risk

    Taking medication to manage high blood pressure may provide protection against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

  • High Blood Pressure Guidelines and Treatments for Seniors

    According to the American Heart Association, a reading of 130/80 mmHg or higher constitutes high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Learn blood pressure guidelines for seniors to ensure hypertension is detected and treated promptly.

  • What Is Vascular Dementia?

    Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by brain damage from a cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event—usually stroke—and results in various symptoms depending on the area of the brain affected.

  • How to Pick a Pet for a Senior Citizen

    Animals make wonderful companions for aging individuals. Use these pointers to ensure a senior is up for pet ownership in order to match them with the perfect new furry friend.

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  • ‘Mini Strokes’ Can Have Mega Health Effects

    A mini stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), can seem like a minor incident at first, but the long-term effects of TIAs can be very serious for people of all ages.

  • 10 Warning Signs of Kidney Disease

    Early symptoms of kidney disease are subtle and can go unnoticed for many years. Delays in medical treatment could be fatal, so it’s important to catch the signs early to prevent permanent kidney damage.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: When Snoring Becomes a Serious Health Concern

    Snoring is annoying, but it can also indicate a dangerous underlying problem: obstructive sleep apnea. More common among older adults, sleep apnea is associated with serious health risks like chronic fatigue, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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  • Understanding Heart Failure in the Elderly

    Learn what factors contribute to the development of heart failure and how certain lifestyle changes can help prevent its onset and slow its progression.

  • My Final Decision on 5-HTP and BP Medication

    It was a struggle with my doctors AND family, but I finally stopped taking 5-HTP and pills for hypertension. That journey was a long, strange trip.

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  • My History with Blood Pressure Medications

    Doctors told me for years that I needed blood pressure medication, but then I began to challenge their recommendations. What I decided to do might not be right for everyone, but it was right for me.

  • My 5-HTP Saga

    The over-the-counter supplement 5-HTP has been a friend to me for years until I started running into trouble with it. This is part of my long history with 5-HTP and blood pressure issues.

  • Diabetes, Hypertension Raise Glaucoma Risk

    Those with diabetes had a 35% greater risk for developing glaucoma than those without the disease; hypertension upped the risk by 17%.

  • Caregiver Tips for Managing Swollen Feet and Ankles in Seniors

    Swollen extremities are common, especially during the heat of summer, but persistent swelling may point to a serious underlying condition. Experienced caregivers share their best tips for monitoring edema, reducing inflammation and improving circulation.

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  • Hydration: A Miracle Cure for Dizziness and Incontinence

    My Parkinson's disease and prostate surgery have left me with several issues, including incontinence and occasional dizziness. Eureka! I stumbled upon an easy, cheap, effective remedy!

  • A Heart Healthy Diet

    What types of foods should a person with heart disease eat...and what should they avoid?

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  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Seniors

    Can people who have no history of disease go into sudden cardiac arrest?

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