Tag: cardiovascular disease

When normal blood pressure isn’t.

When normal blood pressure isn’t. A recent NY Times article questions the suggested normal blood pressure of (systole) 120/80 (diastole). A few years ago, normal blood pressure was considered to be 140/80 and when the recommendations were changed, more people were taking blood pressure meds. Was this reducing risk and helping them stay healthier? The problem with protocol-driven blood pressure readings is one size does not fit all. We are all different physiologically and while our current science behind our understanding of blood pressure has reduced risk, people still die from cardiovascular disease. For years, seniors had their blood pressure Read More »

Heart failure kills more Americans than any other disease according to Time magazine. Is our healthcare system failing them or are we failing ourselves?

Heart failure kills more Americans than any other disease according to Time magazine. Is our healthcare system failing them or are we failing ourselves? Heart failure is the number 1 killer of Americans according to a new report published in JAMA Cardiology. Improvements in public health and medicine have improved life expectancy. A rapidly-aging U.S population with high rates of diabetes and obesity is challenging the progress made so far that had been showing cardiovascular disease rates had been rapidly declining over the past few decades. This new study which looked at death certificates from 2011 through 2017 also points Read More »