Tag: cardiovascular health

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 »

Is running the fountain of youth for older people? The NY Times discusses a new study.

Is running the fountain of youth for older people? The NY Times discusses a new study. Running and other exercise regimens are more popular than ever with the older population. While physical fitness is important, especially regarding cardiovascular health in older people, apparently, a new research study suggests that those who run regularly and get good cardiovascular workouts from running walk much better too. These benefits may also extend to other cardiovascular exercise regimens as well. While biomechanically, walkers and runners appear to be the same on the surface and in the way their joints look and work, the new Read More »

Inactivity, your brain and your overall health; the NY Times reports.

Inactivity, your brain, and your overall health; the NY Times reports. Many of us have heard that a sedentary lifestyle is not good for us physically, and may lead to a shorter life span. Another part of the puzzle seems to be that the brain may actually cause physiologic changes to the heart and the vascular system, which may be part of the reason why those of us who are sedentary have many of the heart and circulatory problems that they develop. So much for cholesterol meds, perhaps this idea will finally be put away as this new research seems Read More »