Routine visits to the doctor’s office typically involve a single blood pressure measurement. For people with borderline hypertension, or high blood pressure, additional checks at the office are often necessary, in conjunction with having more checks done at home. How many exactly?
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Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is widespread in the United States. It is approximated that one in every three adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, and for adults aged 65 or older, this number climbs to over 60 percent.
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Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes grilling season, chances are at least once this summer you’ll wonder about the effects of that delicious, juicy grilled steak will have on your heart?
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Worldwide headlines read: “Aspirin no longer useful for stroke and heart attack prevention”
Source of this buzz was the new guidelines issued from a joint American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guideline published in early March, 2019. The new guideline is meant solely for primary prevention. Anyone with known clinically significant atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASCVD) is excluded from this guideline as their care is categorized as “secondary prevention”. One may suppose that the only topic in the guideline was aspirin use for the primary prevention of heart attack and stroke. In fact, the recommendations involved other key topics that are summed up here in text and pictures. But first, let’s discuss aspirin.