Love Your Healthy Heart
Secondary Hypertension is when a direct cause for high blood pressure can be identified, however this happens in only around 5% of high blood pressure cases. Most people who suffer from high blood pressure suffer from essential hypertension.
Among the known causes of secondary hypertension, kidney disease ranks highest. Hypertension can also be triggered by tumors or other abnormalities that cause the adrenal glands (small glands that sit atop the kidneys) to secrete excess amounts of the hormones that elevate blood pressure. Birth control pills — specifically those containing estrogen — and pregnancy can boost blood pressure, as can medications that constrict blood vessels.
When someone is diagnosed with secondary hypertension, doctors will focus on treating the cause of secondary hypertension. If it is caused by a drug, they may switch medications s. Patients diagnosed with secondary hypertension will often have to take more than one medication, along with making healthier lifestyle changes, to combat their high blood pressure. Frequent check-ups until blood pressure levels are stabilized will also be common.
Posted: April 22, 2013 Author: FitnessFiend Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment »
For women over the age of fifty, heart disease is the number one killer. Postmenopausal women should go to great lengths to keep their heart in good shape. One way to do this is to avoid areas with high pollution. Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk of heart disease if they live in a neighborhood where pollution is high.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the medical records of over 65,000 women from 36 U.S. metropolitan areas were reviewed to see if their was a correlation between heart disease and pollution. None of the women in the study had a previous history of heart disease. During the study period of six years, about 1,800 of those women had one or more cardiovascular events, either a heart attack or stroke.
Researchers took measurements for particulate matter (pollution) in the air from the air monitor nearest each woman’s home. Results showed that exposure over time to
fine particulate air pollution is associated with cardiovascular disease and death in postmenopausal women. In other words, the worse the pollution, the higher the risk of a cardiovascular event.
To reduce your risk of heart disease from pollution, you may want to:
- Stay inside during “bad air” days when inversions or other weather conditions make the air dangerously polluted
- Wear a mask if you have to go out on high-pollution days
- Get an air purifier for your home, or add one to the furnace and run it on high-pollution days
- Avoid situations that require you to stay in congested traffic or in enclosed garages and parking ramps for any period of time
The risk of pollution occurs over time, so the earlier you start limiting your exposure to polluted areas, the better.
Posted: April 15, 2013 Author: FitnessFiend Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment »
It is important to try and stay heart healthy all day long, but it tends to seem that we can only control how we spend our free time. Most people work office jobs, so they have to sit for extended periods of time, hunched over a desk, stressed out, and eat erratically. It may seem that heart health may have to slide during our work hours, but that is not necessarily the case.
Just because you work while sitting doesn’t mean you can’t fit in short bursts of exercise around work. Walk briskly between your car or train to the office and take the stairs. Bring sneakers and take a 15-minute walk at lunch, or use resistance bands on a long phone call. Anything that gets you moving, no matter how short the time period is, is better for your heart.
Take a quick break and do some stretching. By targeting the muscle groups, such as the hip flexors, chest and abdomen, that are shortened by sitting for long periods of time, you’ll help prevent aches and pains. Some research also suggests you’ll increase blood flow, which may help expand your arteries and keep them pliable.
Pack your lunch and make sure to throw in plenty of fruits and vegetables. Research has shown that each additional portion per day of fruits and vegetable you eat can cut your risk of heart disease by 4%.
Drink a lot of water. Refilling your water bottle will add some activity in your day, plus water keep you hydrated and improve your body’s metabolic efficiency, contributing to heart health.
Also try to keep stress in check. While you can never fully eliminate stress from your job, keeping a good handle on it will help out your heart. Unmanaged stress has been linked with coronary artery disease and high blood pressure, among other health problems.
Invite a colleague to join with you or the whole office! Wachovia Bank employees who participated in an energy renewal program, which included a number of heart healthy habits, outdid a control group of colleagues’ year-over-year performance, showing higher revenues on three kinds of loans over the first quarter of 2006, according to a 2007 Harvard Business Review report.