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Can Nuts Lower My Blood Pressure?

Q:   I am trying to change the way I eat so I can lower my blood pressure and cholesterol naturally, it’s not clear to me whether nuts are a good snack to add to my eating plan.

A:  First, in general, it is important to eat...

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Do I have to Bear the Side Effects of my HBP Meds?

Q: I am a healthy 50-year old man taking carvedilol for high blood pressure. I know that my HBP is due to the stress I’ve been dealing with at work following various structural changes recently put into effect.  Prior to the changes, I did not...

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Is a Low Salt Diet the Answer?

Q: Three months ago, I changed my diet to reduce my sodium intake since I realized that maybe the cause of my consistent high blood pressure is due to all the canned foods I eat. Now I eat very healthy and exercise regularly, but my...

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Balancing a Healthy Sex Life & BP Levels

Q: About 6 months ago my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 48. We were surprised since my husband is in great shape, does not smoke, and eats really well….healthy living has always been a big part of...

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How Emotional Stress Effects HPB

Q: I just started a new job and the hours are pretty long. Plus, this position is what I’ve been working to achieve the past 5 years and I am concerned that if I miss a minute at the office or I am...

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Does Blood Pressure Go Up or Down During a Stroke?

Q: Does your blood pressure and heart rate rise or fall during a stroke? If so, why does it do this?

A: Blood pressure may be high during a stroke. However, it is possible to have a stroke with normal blood pressure.

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Why Do I See Such a Difference in Blood Pressure Measurements With Different Monitors?

Q: I take my blood pressure daily with two different devices (1) with an arm cuff and a (2) wrist cuff. The differences in readings can be as high as 25 points although they are taken at the same time. What is the...

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Does Sitting Down All Day Cause Blood Pressure to Drop?

Q: Can sitting down all day cause my blood pressure to drop?

A: Blood pressure at rest is lower than blood pressure during activity. However, regular exercise helps to lower blood pressure. Sitting around all day, or having a sedentary lifestyle, increases the...

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Does Advil Increase Your Blood Pressure?

Q: Does Advil usually increase one’s blood pressure?

A: Advil is in the class of drugs known as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This type of drug can cause an increase in blood pressure. Blood pressure typically returns back to baseline when the drug...

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High Blood Pressure and Carotid Artery Disease

Q: I’ve had very high blood pressure for years. It was most likely caused by a malformed left inner carotid artery. I learned about it after it totally closed last march. I’m told there’s nothing that can be done for me. I’m dizzy, off balance,...

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