New Lower Blood Pressure Goal: Is It for You?

En español | For older adults with high blood pressure, experts have been arguing for more than a year about how low the optimal BP reading should go. Should patients age 50-plus aim for a systolic level (the higher number in the reading) of 140 to 150, as a panel of experts recommended in 2013? Or should they use extra medication to aggressively lower it to 120, as a major federal study of adults urged in September? That September announcement …

A Sharp U-Turn in Blood Pressure Rules for Those 50+

Health officials have changed their minds — again — about blood pressure guidelines. For decades, medical experts agreed that the goal should be to keep blood pressure readings below 140/90. Then, two years ago, a prestigious panel upended that and said a slightly higher reading of 150/90 or below was OK for older adults in order to avoid potentially dangerous side effects — such as dizziness and falls — from too much blood pressure medication. Now, in a dramatic U-turn, …

Does Going Vegetarian Cut Heart Attack Risk?

A large, new British study of vegetarians in the U.K. found that a meatless, fishless diet cut the risk of being hospitalized or dying from heart disease by a third – news that got a lot of publicity in this country last week. The study tracked nearly 45,000 people living in England and Scotland, of which about a third indicated they were vegetarians and ate no meat or fish. After about 10 years of follow-up, researchers found that the vegetarians …