Quick tips: shingles, dementia & depression, high blood pressure medications

Since you asked . . . here’s another “Quick tips” post from last week’s Healthy Matters broadcast.    I have included links to point you toward reliable information if you want to learn more.  The Internet is full of not-so-reliable information so I try to include sources that I think you can trust.  That’s assuming you trust me.  As my texting daughter would say “hahahaha”!

 

To listen to the podcast of this recent “Open Lines” show, click this banner and look for April 29, 2018 show (Healthy Matters show #485)

On to the questions from listeners . . .

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Quick tips: tremors, blood pressure, constipation

Hey, everybody.

Some of my most popular posts are these Quick Tips in which I do relatively brief answers to health topics raised by listeners to the Healthy Matters radio broadcasts.

This time, I’ll cover these three topics from actual listener questions.

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New blood pressure guidelines: 130 is the new 140

Dr. Marty Stillman reassures me about my blood pressure

For many years I have been telling listeners and patients that “one-third of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.”  Turns out I need to update that to “nearly one-half of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.”

That is because the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association guidelines for hypertension – high blood pressure – were recently updated.  Like any good scientific process, the guidelines change as our knowledge of the science changes.  That is exactly what occurred this past month.

I mentioned all this on the most recent Healthy Matters radio broadcast.  I started the show off with this information, all of which you can listen to on the podcast by clicking Healthy Matters show #463, November 19,2017.

Your doctor may be . . . should be . . .  talking about this with you at some future visit.  In this post I’ll try to break the new guidelines down for you a bit.  If you read on, you’ll find:

  • New 2017 blood pressure guidelines
  • Bad effects of high blood pressure
  • A word about garden hoses and metal pipes.  Huh?
  • How to measure your own blood pressure.
  • Treatments for high blood pressure.
  • Tips about healthy living.

Let’s get to it.

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Pearls from Medical Science – High Blood Pressure

Reading this stuff . . . so you don’t have to.

One goal of mine for this blog is to connect people to medical science. But ask any doctor – staying current on the latest in medical evidence is not easy.  Look at this picture – it could be the nightstand of many a doctor.  It is actually the table in my office after I simply grabbed a few recent journals from my shelf.  Seriously.  Glamorous it may not be, but it is oh, so important.  By staying abreast of latest medical science, we can give you the best advice possible.

So every now and then I’m going to do a pJournals photoost highlighting a “Pearl from Medical Science” in which I will summarize one item from the medical literature – a pearl, if you will.  Basically reading this stuff so you don’t have to.  I’ll try to distill the medical jargon and heady science into something meaningful – something you can act on in your own life.

So here goes this first pearl, which is taken from the Annals of Internal Medicine from November 2015.

PEARL: Get your blood pressure checked

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