CDC: 4 Things Could Prevent 200,000 Deaths Yearly

At least 200,000 Americans under age 75 die needlessly each year from heart disease and stroke that could have been prevented by doing four important things: quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and taking a daily low-dose aspirin if a doctor approves. The findings are from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that also points out that more than half of these avoidable deaths are occurring among those under 65. “These findings are really …

Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power

If you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them,  here’s a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power. Scientists have known for years that controlling high blood pressure is linked to better brain health. Numerous studies have confirmed that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. But now new research published yesterday in BMJ Open suggests that some drugs that lower blood …

Look at Men’s Health Week This Father’s Day

The following is a guest post by Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Bill Corr Men, don’t wait for a wakeup call when it comes to your health By HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing …

Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

For years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily – the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …

Aging Boomers Less Healthy Than Their Parents

The nation’s 78 million baby boomers may be living longer than their parents, but a new study finds that boomers have worse health than the previous generation. Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina wondered if those born between 1946 and 1964 were living longer only because of advances in medicine, not because they were really healthier than prior generations. To find out, the researchers compared the boomers’ and an earlier generations’ …

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 …