Should I lose weight if I have high blood pressure?
A modest weight loss of 5-10 pounds has been shown to reduce the severity of elevated blood pressure, and in mildly hypertensive or pre-hypertensive stages, weight loss can even normalize readings. Shedding excess weight directly reduces the peripheral vascular resistance--the force against which... Full Post
How is high blood pressure (hypertension) diagnosed?
To obtain an accurate blood pressure, readings ideally should be obtained after at least a 20 minute period of rest with legs uncrossed and arm positioned at the level of one's heart and with a properly fitting blood pressure cuff. It is important to avoid any stimulants (caffeine and nicotine) up... Full Post