Black people had a nearly twofold higher mortality rate than their white peers for hypertension-related heart disease deaths in 2018, according to a new study in the journal Hypertension.
While several factors played a role in this disparity, a plant-based diet is one way to help fight high blood pressure. One study found that a plant-based diet reduced hypertension risk by 44% in Black Americans. Continue reading “Plant-Based Diets Shown to Fight Hypertension in Black People”
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading underlying condition for those who have died from COVID-19. In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the virus, 52% of people who have died from COVID-19 had high blood pressure. In Louisiana, 66% had high blood pressure. African Americans, who are disproportionately dying from COVID-19, are at greater risk of hypertension. Compared to white Americans of the same ages, black Americans are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure.
At the Barnard Medical Center, we recommend a plant-based diet to help patients fight hypertension. Continue reading “Hypertension: COVID-19’s Leading Underlying Killer”
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. Fortunately, 80% of premature heart disease can be prevented through healthy habits. By simply being aware of what heart-health numbers to watch for, you can keep yourself and your heart happy and strong.
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every 4 to 6 years. Your doctor will give you a personalized target depending on you, your lifestyle, Continue reading “4 Important Numbers You Need to Know for a Healthy Heart”
According to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Continue reading “Understanding Blood Pressure”
“I have high blood pressure, what can I do to lower it?” This is one of the most common questions I am asked. Whether it’s linked to stress (and who isn’t stressed), or diet, or even if it’s because of Grandma Lucy and your genes, there are many things that you can do to support your heart and keep your blood pressure in check. If you are looking for ways to lower blood pressure naturally, please read on.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is anything under 140 over 90. However, the OPTIMAL blood pressure is 120 over 80. Elevated blood pressure poses a major risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. Lifestyle and dietary factors play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can be affected by numerous contributing factors such as coffee and alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, lack of exercise (as well as obesity), a high sodium-to-potassium ratio, low fiber, high sugar, high saturated fat and/or low essential fatty acid intake, and a diet low in calcium, magnesium, and/or vitamin C. Continue reading “Lower Blood Pressure Naturally”