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Thursday, May 22, 2008

No. 1 Way to Predict a Heart Attack

Your blood pressure and body mass index in middle age are powerful predictors of your level of risk for heart failure later in life.

The higher the numbers above normal ranges, the greater the risk, according to a study from the Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.

Led by Ramachandran S. Vasan, the team evaluated the medical records of 3,362 men and women who had routine check-ups between 1969 and 1994, looking specifically at their blood pressure, pulse and BMI measurements. (Body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of weight in relation to height.) Of all the participants, 518 developed heart failure.

Vasan concluded that those who had a higher systolic blood pressure reading (that's the top number), higher pulse and higher BMI in mid-life were all at risk for heart failure in later life.

"The prevention of heart failure should begin early in life and should include screening for elevated blood pressure and BMI," Vasan told Reuters Health. "Failure to identify or treat such modifiable risk factors in early and mid-adulthood may result in the loss of opportunities to reduce the incidence of heart failure in later life."

The findings were published in the medical journal Hypertension.

--From the Editors at Netscape

If you want to furher investigate, here's a small list of books that can help you achieve a better knowledge about hypertension and how to prevent it:

by Matthew R. Weir
How low should we go? What drugs should we use? How do we achieve lower blood pressure goals? This "how-to" manual in hypertension presents concise, practical, up-to-date information on the diagnosis and management of hypertension, with emphasis on current drug therapies. Generous use of tables, charts, bulleted information, and figures make this a timely and easily accessible volume.

Included in the text:
•The latest information on the management and drug therapy of hypertension.
•Pharmacology of the latest drugs and antihypertensive therapies.
•Hot topics such as detection, prevention, and reduction are discussed, in addition to specific patients such as pregnant women and the elderly.

Reversing Hypertension: A Vital New Program to Prevent, Treat, and Reduce High Blood Pressure
by Julian M. Whitaker

It Strikes One in four Americans Without Warning... it triples your risk of dying from a heart attack...it increases your risk of stroke sevenfold...it can lead to kidney disease, diabetes, and blindness...and to fight it, you may be taking expensive -- and dangerous -- drugs. Now Dr. Julian Whitaker, a leading champion of nutritional medicine unleashes a new weapon in the war against hypertension. His simple yet dramatically effective plan offers: a comprehensive program of diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and stress management -- to replace or cut down your dependence on medication. Dr. Whitaker's Quick Start Diet -- to decrease dangerously high blood pressure fast. over 30 easy recipes for delicious, low-fat, healthy eating. custom-tailored exercises, from simple stretching to extensive walking regimens. tips on how to properly balance your salt intake and drink more water -- hypertension's most overlooked remedy. important information on inexpensive mineral supplements, EDTA chelation and EECP therapies, and much more.

The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook: Hundreds of Favorite Recipes Created to Combat Congestive Heart Failure and Dangerous Hypertension
by Donald A. Gazzaniga

Donald Gazzaniga, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, was headed for a heart transplant - the only effective medical treatment.

Urged by his doctor to keep his sodium intake "under 1,500-2000 mg. a day," Don headed for the kitchen and went to work. Aware that cutting out table salt is the barest beginning of a true low-sodium diet, Don devised recipes for delicious low-sodium dishes that added up to less than 500 mg. daily, 70% lower than those in other low-sodium cookbooks. The result? Don's name has been removed from the transplant list and his doctors believe that his diet played a significant role.

The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook contains:

* Hundreds of good tasting, easy-to-make recipes
* An introduction by Dr. Sandra Barbour of the Kaiser Permanente Foundation
* Advice on finding low-sodium prepared foods, eating in restaurants, etc.
* Accurate sodium content of every ingredient and of the total servings
* A twenty-eight-day low-sodium menu planner by Dr. Jeannie Gazzaniga, Ph.D., R.D.

This book is for informational purposes only. Readers are advised to consult a physician before making any major change in diet.

Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure: How to Use Magnesium to Help Prevent and Relieve Hypertension Naturally
by Jay S. Cohen
More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure -- a devastating disease that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Doctors routinely prescribe drugs for this condition, but these medications often cause side effects. As a nationally recognized expert on medications and side effects, Dr. Jay S. Cohen wants to make you aware of a safe, natural solution to high blood pressure -- the mineral magnesium.

Magnesium is essential for the normal functioning of nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, and the heart, yet more than 75% of the population is deficient in it. Dr. Cohen has written The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure to provide you and your doctor with all of the information needed to understand why magnesium is essential for helping to prevent and treat high blood pressure. Dr. Cohen explains why magnesium is necessary for normal vascular functioning, how to use magnesium along with hypertension drugs, and the best types of magnesium to use. Most importantly, Dr. Cohen has made the evidence-based research on magnesium's safety and effectiveness highly readable and usable by anyone.

This book offers the facts on this natural alternative for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Here is valuable information for anyone seeking a natural, safe, non-drug option for high blood pressure.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Hypertension: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Help Fight High Blood Pressure
by Mark Houston

A revolutionary, all- natural treatment program for reversing the "silent killer" affecting more than 50 million Americans. Hypertension is a dangerous and deadly disease. There are no symptoms, so most sufferers have no idea anything is wrong—making more than 45 million Americans ticking time bombs. And while there are many drugs on the market that combat this condition, the costs and side effects are often prohibitive. Now, a leading expert and researcher introduces an all-natural solution. His comprehensive treatment regimen controls high blood pressure using the best of traditional and alternative medicine. Readers will learn about Dr. Houston's own successful all-natural formula, which attacks hypertension from many angles. When used in conjunction with dietary approaches—also outlined in the book—and combined with exercise, stress reduction, and medication, this program has resulted in success for 90% of Dr. Houston's patients!

via |Biology.it