‘Low blood pressure can cause brain damage’

Its most severe form is shock. Common causes of low blood pressure include a reduced volume of blood, heart disease, and medications. The cause of low blood pressure can be determined with blood tests, radiologic studies, and cardiac testing to look for arrhythmias. Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It constitutes one of the critically important signs of life or vital signs which include heart beat, breathing and temperature.
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Are your blood pressure pills not working? Blame it on your hormones

High blood pressure, known as the silent killer, is often symptomless but is a leading cause of stroke, killing 40,000 Britons every year

If blood pressure is a concern, putting on a cuff could help. A new study concluded that those who regularly monitor their blood pressure at home have better numbers than those who don’t. The National Institutes of Health defines high blood pressure as readings higher than 140 systolic (the top number)/ 90 diastolic (the bottom number). In the study, researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston found that people who monitored their blood pressure at home improved their systolic numbers by 3.9 points and their diastolic by 2.4 points. Of course, anyone with high blood pressure should be under a doctor’s care. Home blood-pressure monitors can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Target. Amazon.com also has a large selection of monitors.
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Test blood pressure at home for good health

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But the condition is under-recognised by doctors, leaving patients trying one drug after another without benefit. This happened to Susan Thornton, whose high blood pressure was diagnosed only after a routine check-up with her GP. She says: ‘The doctor didn’t tell me what the reading was, just that it was above average and, though I didn’t need to take a drug, he suggested more exercise.’ This was three years ago, and Susan, then 45, took her GP’s advice. ‘I started swimming daily and felt better, until one afternoon when driving to collect my then partner from work. I suddenly felt extremely ill and had to pull over. ‘I had mild chest pains and was breathless and feared something was happening to my heart.’ Susan, a mother-of-four from March in Cambridgeshire, called an ambulance and was rushed to her local hospital. En route, her blood pressure read 200/104.
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Carolyn Hax: Getting a reluctant spouse to exercise, lose weight

Yet even they take you no further than the line where it becomes her choice. The best (and of course worst) thing I can advise is to accept that this is her path, and to find whatever way possible to enjoy your time with her as-is. If indeed she does shorten her life with her choices, then you wont want your last X years with her to have been a continuous argument about diet and exercise. Re: Worried: I wouldnt want to go exercise with my husband if the reason was he thought I was out of shape. If the reason was that he liked my company, or there were interesting things to see on the walk, then I wouldnt want to miss out. I think its how you frame it. I exercise because I want to go on an adventure.
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Q and A: Arthritis and exercise

Along with medicine and rest, regular exercise of the joints when they aren’t inflamed can help keep them in working order so people can continue their daily activities. It also may help prevent further joint damage. Q. What could happen if I dont exercise?
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

Sleep-Texting Becoming An Alarming Trend, Experts Say

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 6% of men and 3% of women have received a sleep apnea diagnosis, study finds Seep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances Sleep disruption, particularly insomnia, can be a risk factor for developing depression Snoring, sometimes linked to sleep apnea, doesn’t appear to be associated with depression (Health.com) — People with sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that causes frequent sleep disturbances, often feel tired and unfocused during the day. But that may not be the only fallout: New research suggests the disorder also dramatically increases the risk of depression. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that men with diagnosed sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other men to exhibit signs of clinical depression, such as feeling hopeless and uninterested in everyday activities. The picture was even worse among women: A sleep apnea diagnosis increased the risk of depression symptoms fivefold. What’s more, the study suggests that sleep apnea is underdiagnosed. More than 80% of the people who reported classic symptoms such as snorting or gasping for breath on most nights of the week had never received an official diagnosis.
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Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“Four o’clock in the morning, 3 o’clock in the morning — it would just be a sentence of jumbled-up stuff,” sleep-texter Megan told CBS New York . “I guess I got up and texted, and went back to bed, but I don’t remember it.” [ 10 Most Sleep-Deprived Careers ] Of course, sleep-texting can cause some embarrassing situations. Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of nursing at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, has investigated the phenomenon of sleep-texting among college students. One young woman Dowdell studied had a habit of sending gushing, romantic texts to platonic friends.
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When they performed sleep studies of 343 people meeting the Fukuda definition of ME/CFS, they found that 104 – nearly a third – had a primary sleep disorder that explained their symptoms, and thus didn’t have ME/CFS at all. A 1/3 misdiagnosis rate is enough of a reason to look more closely for sleep disorders. In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset. Researchers concluded that doctors need to routinely screen for sleep disorders when considering an ME/CFS diagnosis, and that they should use sleep studies to identify sleep problems and tailor treatments to the specific groups. What kind of sleep problems do you have?
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New Additions to the Pharmics Supplement Line Include Prenatal Vitamins with DHA

Vitamins: Good or Bad?

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Iron is vital to the growth and brain development of a baby, and he or she will tap into the existing iron supply of its mother to furnish their own need. If an expectant mother is deprived of iron long enough, she can become anemic: a condition very dangerous to the mother and child alike. It is imperative for a mother to increase her vitamin intake during pregnancy, as most of the nutrients she consumes will go the mental and physical health of her unborn child. With liquid iron supplements , mothers are finding an alternative option to typical anemic treatments. Pharmics Inc. is one of the leaders in the online pharmacy world, and they make it their business to anticipate the needs of the expectant mother.
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Everything we knew is not wrong. First, talking in aggregate about all vitamins (which is like lumping “medications” as one thing) in binary good-or-bad terms misses all the points. We still don’t know the exact ideal amounts of many vitamins, though we know more about some than others. For example, just three months ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reversed its position on vitamin D and calcium supplements for postmenopausal women. Michael LeFevre, chair of the task force that made the statement , said, “What we’re saying is that a practice that we have commonly used for years — literally, years — routinely in postmenopausal women just doesn’t work.” Likewise, as Offit says, presently “respected organizations” do not recommend multivitamin supplements for “otherwise healthy” people.
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Vitamins & Minerals For Hair That’s Healthier, Stronger And Shinier

(All we knew is that the edible versions of our favorite stone-age characters would somehow make us big and strong). Now that we’re older and wiser, we’ve switched Pebbles out for biotin and prenatal vitamins in hopes of growing healthier, stronger and shinier hair . But is it really working? According to Dr. Melissa Piliang , a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, we shouldn’t be too quick to assume that vitamins are the be-all and end-all for hair loss, brittleness and dullness. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that vitamins will help with these problems, but in fact, they may be linked to internal issues stemming from the thyroid or chronic anemia,” she explained. “Daily multivitamins or prenatal supplements help to fill gaps found in our diets,” said Dr.
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Baking soda for your skin

Baking soda is known for being a staple in the kitchen but it’s also one of the most useful and not to mention inexpensive ingredients around when it comes to DIY skin care! Grab a box of baking soda from your kitchen and get ready to see some big changes courtesy these baking soda beauty fixes! Face wash Make a thick paste out of two teaspoons baking soda and one teaspoon warm water. Wash your face with water and apply the mixture that you have prepared in gentle circular strokes. Rinse off the mixture with warm water. Exfoliate Baking soda makes for an excellent as well as gentle exfoliator. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to your cleanser and massage face gently to slough off dead skin cells.
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Homemade Skin Tightening Face Packs

Its always Merlot Skin Cares goal to help women get the most out of their skin care products, explained Michele Beckley, VP operations for Merlot Skin Care. We packaged the My Daily Beauty kit for everyone looking to develop an easy-to-follow daily routine with anti-aging-focused solutions. Merlots My Daily Beauty kit features a three-step skin care routine: cleanse, tone and moisturize. Merlot Grape Seed Cleanser, Hydrating Toner and Merlot Moisturizer with SPF are packaged in a recyclable box, available at MerlotSkinCare.com for a limited time. Merlot also is releasing a series of video tutorials from international beauty training consultant Rebecca Herrera, CEO of Speaking Of Beauty, in both English and Spanish. The My Daily Beauty campaign also features regular blog posts ( MerlotSkinCare.com/Blog ) from Merlot Skin Care users and staff members, showcasing daily routines and highlighting tips to get the most out of every product.
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Merlot Skin Care launches ‘My Daily Beauty’ campaign

This skin tightening face pack can also be used as a scrub to cleanse the skin and remove dead skin cells. Homemade Skin Tightening Face Packs 7/11 Olive Oil You can either make a face pack using olive oil and rice flour or simply use this natural oil for skin tightening. Homemade Skin Tightening Face Packs 8/11 Aloe Vera Simply massage your face with aloe vera gel. You can also mix aloe vera gel with lemon juice and massage your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with cold water. It tightens loose facial skin and removes the impurities. Homemade Skin Tightening Face Packs 9/11 Avocado Grate an avocado and mix it with honey.
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Washington Nationals go beyond the eye chart with vision training

The communication between his eyes and brain just wasnt happening fast enough. The teams consulting eye doctor, Keith Smithson, recommended Brown do a variety of drills to improve the problem: toss around colored balls, field a ball with corners that made it roll unpredictably, and catch a tennis ball on one leg while wearing a pair of glasses that make it harder to see by creating a strobe-like effect. Brown made the exercises part of his routine. He enjoyed a career-best season in Class AAA Syracuse last year, cutting down his strikeout rate, raising his batting average to .285, launching 25 home runs and earning three call-ups to the big league team. Brown also tweaked his swing, but he insists the eye training was a major reason for the improvement. I really felt like it was helping me during spring, he said.
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Take care of your eyes in monsoon

Blinking the eye regularly helps the eye mucous formation. Though this problem is common through the year, during monsoon it gets worse when we rub our eyes with dirty hands. A soothing eye drop usually helps and blinking every few minutes and looking away from the book/computer/TV screen every few minutes is necessary,” shares eye specialist Dr S Maity. Eye stye! This infection of a gland in the eyelids can really cause you pain.
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Diabetes And Eyes: What Your Vision Is Trying To Tell You

DME occurs when the damaged blood vessels leak fluid and cause swelling. Although symptoms are not always present, this swelling can cause blurred vision, double vision and patches in vision, which may appear as small black dots or lines floating across the front of the eye. Approximately 26 million Americans have diabetes and may be at risk for DME.6 More than 560,000 Americans have DME.7 Yet approximately 55 percent are unaware that they have the disease.7 African Americans and Hispanics over the age of 40 are also at a higher risk for DME.8 Prevent Vision Loss Posted in on Thursday, August 8, 2013 7:44 am. Updated: 4:32 am.
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Shine Wearable Fitness Tracker Arrives at Apple Stores

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The company said it expected Indiegogo orders for Shine to be filled in mid-July. The small clasp device is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and helps people reach their daily fitness goals. Shine’s sensors track your walking, cycling, swimming, running and sleep patterns, then syncs to a companion iOS app that lets you view progress toward your fitness goals with statistics, trends and other insights. The device displays a simple LED-light reading of your progress. It will be interesting to see how Shine fares in the increasingly-crowded fitness tracker space. Competitors, like Nike’s FuelBand , the FitBit product line and Jawbone’s UP , are gaining traction and establishing respective communities.
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7 Pieces Of Fitness Advice We Actually Want To Follow

Marina has developed her own holistic method of fitness dubbed the Abramovic Method, which Gaga has learned during a three-day retreat in upstate New York. It involves using “a series of exercises designed to heighten participants’ awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment,” according to Extra TV. The Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) will become the first space dedicated to practicing the Abramovic Method. Marina’s life also has been chronicled in ” When Marina Abramovic Dies: A Biography” (click for details ). Worth noting: In contrast to the widespread publicity that most celebrities encourage when they’ve lost weight, Lady Gaga has chosen to avoid overemphasizing weight while quietly shedding the excess pounds that she previously admitted gaining.
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Lady Gaga uses Abramovic Method for holistic fitness to enhance mind and body (Photos)

Plus, we know from Daylight Saving Time research that losing just one hour of sleep increases your likelihood of dangerous side effects like car accidents, heart attacks and workplace injuries. Permission granted to stay under the covers and feel good about it. Drink Chocolate Milk We couldn’t help but rejoice when we first heard the news that chocolate milk is a pretty solid combination of the carbs and protein your body needs while recovering from a workout. The sweet sip was long maligned for being high in sugar and fat , but recent research gives us permission to feel like a kid again. (In moderation, of course!) Earlier on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Here at Healthy Living, we’re pretty particular about our workout gear.
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