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Hypertension and Your Sex Life

Research shows that men and women with hypertension are twice as likely to experience sexual problems as individuals without high blood pressure. The reason: Healthy blood vessels are essential to sexual function, but high blood pressure damages blood vessels and impairs their ability to work properly. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize these effects and continue to have a satisfying sex life. Here’s what we know … More...

Are You At Risk For Vascular Dementia?

Are you at risk for vascular dementia? Johns Hopkins professor Lawrence Appel, M.D. explores the risk factors for vascular dementia, which often occurs after stroke. Since Ronald Reagan announced to the world in 1994 that he had Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's disease has been in the consciousness of many Americans. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, causing problems with thinking, memory, and speaking, but it's not the only kind of dementia. … More...

Can You Pass the Stroke Symptom Test?

Like a heart attack, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Getting to the hospital as soon as symptoms start is essential, because prompt diagnosis and treatment is the key to improving the outcome. Responding quickly to a TIA also is crucial since about one third of TIAs go on to become full-blown strokes. Yet many of us don’t know the symptoms of stroke – or what to do. Here’s what the research reveals. More...

Controlling Difficult-to-Control Hypertension

If you're being treated for hypertension, your physician wants your blood pressure to reach certain goals. For most individuals, that goal is less than 140/90 mm Hg. For people with diabetes or kidney disease, the goal is even lower -- less than 130/80 mm Hg. Some people attain these goals while taking one or two blood pressure medications. Others need three. But when three drugs don't get your blood pressure to the target level, you… More...

When Your Heart Feels Like It's Skipping a Beat

Poets and novelists say it can be a sign of love. However, a racing and skipping heart is more likely to signal a heart rhythm abnormality than romance. In this Health Alert, Johns Hopkins discusses the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 2.3 million individuals. It occurs when the upper chambers (atria) of the heart beat rapidly and chaotically,… More...

Guidelines on Controlling Pain Without Raising Your Blood Pressure

Does your pain reliever raise blood pressure? Recently the American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement warning about the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in people taking pain medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- not only celecoxib (Celebrex) but also over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). The only exception was the NSAID aspirin, which actually protects against heart attacks and strokes. … More...

Get Moving To Lower Your Blood Pressure

If you are like many older Americans with high blood pressure, you probably lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle. But studies show that beginning a physical activity program at any age can improve your heart health. And the good news is that the studies also show that the level of physical activity does not have to be strenuous to reap the benefits. … More...

Thriving on a Low-Salt Diet

All of us need some salt to survive, but too much can lead to poor health. A high salt intake not only increases blood pressure but also raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In this article, Johns Hopkins offers practical advice to help you reduce the salt in your diet and still enjoy satisfying meals. … More...

Advice to Help You Remember Your Blood Pressure Medication

Your physician has probably told you that it is extremely important to take your blood pressure medicine exactly as prescribed, and he or she is right. Following your doctor's instructions to the letter will help you effectively manage your blood pressure levels and reduce your risk of hypertension complications and drug side effects. … More...

Cooling Therapy for Stroke

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Blood Pressure Basics

Blood does not travel in a steady flow through the body. Instead it is propelled through the blood vessels with the force of every heartbeat. Here’s a brief overview. Every organ and tissue in your body requires a constant supply of blood. This blood supply provides the oxygen and nutrients your body needs to perform its normal functions and to dispose of the waste products that result from these functions. … More...

Is it Alzheimer's disease or stroke-related dementia?

Since Ronald Reagan announced to the world in 1994 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease has been in the consciousness of many Americans. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, causing problems with thinking, memory, and speaking, but it’s not the only kind of dementia. In fact, if you’ve had a stroke, a common consequence can be the development of a neurological disorder called vascular dementia. More...

Hypertension and Stroke Glossary

The Hypertension and Stroke Glossary id derived from The Johns Hopkins White Papers: Hypertension and Stroke More...

Stents for the Carotid Arteries

Five years ago, the only way to treat a carotid artery narrowed by the buildup of plaque was to perform a surgical procedure called carotid endarterectomy. Today, however, you and your doctor may have another option in the fight against a stroke -- a less invasive procedure that involves the use of carotid artery stents. More...

Blood Pressure and Brain Power

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a known risk factor for vascular dementia (a condition caused by a series of tiny strokes that impair mental function and memory in older adults). Now a new study provides evidence of another link between high blood pressure and future mental decline. The study found that high blood pressure may play a role in the development of brain lesions that affect mental function. More...

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