New Tools to Help You Get Blood Pressure under Control

The following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Heartsâ„¢, 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

The following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Heartsâ„¢, 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!

Hey 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 …

Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke by Controlling Your Blood Pressure

The following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Direction of Million Heartsâ„¢, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a practicing cardiologist for almost 25 years, I often met men and women for the first time when they suffered a serious and life-threatening event-a heart attack or stroke. I enjoyed being part of a team that used its skills to minimize damage and offer hope for a healthier future, and …

With Blood Pressure, Both Arms Matter

The next time you get your blood pressure checked, ask them to measure it in both arms. If the readings for the left and right arm have markedly different top numbers, it could be a sign of vascular disease and an increased risk of death,  a new British study shows. With consequences that serious, you’d think that doctors would routinely check both arms. And they’re supposed to, according to medical guidelines. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t do it, say the authors …

What Do Baked Potatoes Have To Do With Stroke?

New research indicates that if older adults want to lower their risk of getting a stroke, one of the best things they can do is eat more high-potassium foods. That would be things like baked potatoes with the skin, cooked spinach, orange juice, bananas, yogurt, acorn squash, raisins and beans. People whose diet contains plenty of these foods may be less likely to suffer a stroke than those who get little of the mineral, according to a recent study reported …