Blood pressure

New Guidelines Aim to Reduce Women’s Stroke Risk

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthOlder women have a higher risk of stroke than men and should strive to reduce that risk, say the first guidelines aimed specifically at preventing stroke in women. Women share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but their chances of having a stroke can be increased by hormones, pregnancy and childbirth, said Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., associate professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., who led the team of experts who developed the …

Annoying? Unnecessary? Waking Patients for Vitals

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAsk anyone who’s spent time in a hospital: One of the most annoying things is how the nurses wake you during the night to check your vital signs. Wouldn’t it be better for our health to let us sleep? Yes, says a new study, confirming what patients have groused about since 1893, when this practice first started. According to research published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, low-risk patients may heal faster and have a better attitude during …

The Healthiest Fast Food Oatmeals

Posted on 10/3/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOatmeal is a hearty, healthy breakfast option, and now you can even find it at your favorite fast-food chain or take-out café. It’s a warm and wise choice for starting the day. Studies show that regularly eating oatmeal, which is low in fat and high in fiber, helps reduce cholesterol and decrease blood pressure, as well as lessen the risk for diabetes — assuming you’re not overloading your bowl with sugary toppings, of course. O-to-go probably got its biggest boost …

New Tools to Help You Get Blood Pressure under Control

Posted on 09/13/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nearly one-third of all American adults have high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension) you are at risk for a heart …

Getting to the Heart of Stroke Prevention

Posted on 05/25/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of us are familiar with what happens when someone has a heart attack—we see it in movies, on TV shows, and unfortunately sometimes it happens to our loved ones, colleagues, or neighbors. But what about a stroke? If you’re not as familiar with what happens when someone has a stroke, you’re not …

Central Illinois Senior Celebration! Central Illinois Senior Celebration! Central Illinois Senior Celebration!

Posted on 05/3/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHey everybody – it’s Jenn! What are you doing on Wednesday May 16th? Answer: Going to the Central Illinois Senior Celebration! The Central Illinois Senior Celebration (say that three times fast) is put on by a coalition of about 14 different organizations throughout the state. AARP is a sponsor, and it looks like there is going to be some great entertainment, goodies, and useful info for just about everyone this year.   If you’re like me you probably want to peruse …