Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Hypertension is a common medical condition where, over time, the force of blood pushing against artery walls can eventually lead to health problems, such as heart disease.
Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps as well as the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. This higher pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. In addition to a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke, the extra strain of hypertension can also lead to kidney disease, and is closely linked to some types of dementia. Read More »
Hypertension aka High Blood Pressure is determined by a pressure reading of 140/90 or higher. Both of these numbers are important. “Normal” pressure readings are 120/80, with lower numbers being better, but bordering on too low can be a cause for other concerns such as dizziness and falling. For seniors with frail bones this can be very dangerous. Read More »
Did you know that it has been reported that up to half of Canadian baby boomers have high blood pressure? High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, contributes to heart disease, kidney failure and cerebrovascular disease.
There are two types of high blood pressure, primary hypertension and secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension tends to develop gradually over many years and there is usually no identifiable cause. Secondary hypertension tends to be higher, can appear suddenly and is caused by underlying conditions (kidney or thyroid problems) or lifestyle factors such as being overweight, smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Read More »
Its hard to believe yet another year has passed us by already! As we reflect on the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead perhaps you are thinking of changes you wish to make in your life. As we move into January with National Non Smoking Week and Weedless Wednesday, now would be as good a time as any to quit smoking if you have considered this.
For many seniors they have been smoking their entire lives so the thought of quitting, although they know its necessary, is extremely daunting. The dangers of smoking were not as widely known when many took that first cigarette as it is today, in fact in the 50s it was glamorous and fashionable to smoke!
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