If your normal blood pressure is below 90/60 mmHg, you are suffering from low blood pressure, or hypotension. Unlike high blood pressure, low blood pressure is not a serious problem for most people. In fact, athletes and people who lead very active lifestyles have lower blood pressure than ordinary people. However, the condition should be a cause for concern if it is accompanied by symptoms or signs of low blood flow.
It’s time for dinner. You’ve taken all of the necessary steps to prepare a healthy meal: a piece of chicken breast, some potatoes, rice and broccoli, but something is missing. You’re already on the highway to healthiness, so what’s it going to hurt to throw a little salt on your food to add flavor?
It depends on who you ask — especially if you have high blood pressure.
For years we’ve been told high-sodium diets can do bad things to our bodies, like increase our blood pressure; the latest studies may suggest otherwise.
So let’s find out why researchers may be “flipping the script” on the relationship between salt and its effect on blood pressure.
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With all the electronic distractions available today—from countless technology devices, to unlimited Netflix streaming—the health dangers facing today’s teens are more pronounced than ever. In fact, a recent study found that out-of-shape and overweight teens are more likely to develop high blood pressure earlier and face greater health challenges sooner.
A new study on blood pressure recently made headlines by suggesting current recommendations may need to be lower to truly cut the risk of heart problems. Thanks to the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, or SPRINT, some experts are now suggesting a revised version of blood pressure guidelines for patients with hypertension.
The study was originally slated to cover a research period of five years; however, the results were so conclusive that it was stopped after only three years. Though there is still some debate over how to interpret the SPRINT results since the study only covered a small sample size and focused on high-risk patients, here are a few things you should know about the findings and recommended new guidelines.
Even a normal, healthy blood pressure is a key metric of overall health, but the meaning of the two mysterious numbers isn’t always so easy to understand. If you find yourself with more questions than answers trying to understand what your blood pressure means for the health of your body, you’ve come to the right place: We’re here to set the record straight.