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COMICS, ETC. GarField JIM DAVIS dr. keith roach Dear Dr. Roach: My doctor recently retired, my new one is very concerned about my systolic blo…

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Studies show that people who have a dog exercise more and spend more time outside, when compared with those who don’t, says Kazi. This is true simply because people have to walk their dogs and care for them. Both the exercise and the outdoor time can bring benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and improving heart rate.

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Stress is another known risk factor for heart disease. A 2001 study found that pet ownership in conjunction with treatment with an ACE inhibitor did more to reduce stress-related blood pressure spikes than ACE inhibitor treatment alone. A 2007 study found that in people hospitalized for advanced heart failure, blood pressure and levels of certain stress hormones dropped after a 12-minute visit from a therapy dog.

QUESTION: What numbers constitute high blood pressure? I used to be prehypertensive, but they keep changing the guidelines, so I’m not sure wh…

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When I was 18 years old, I went to join the Army Reserve. I weighed 165 pounds and was in great physical condition. When they took my blood pr…

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My doctor recently prescribed atenolol for high blood pressure. The day after I started on atenolol, I felt ill. When I went back to my doctor, he asked if I had ever tried acupuncture. I had not, but I was willing to try anything.

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Q: I used Preparation H for some hemorrhoid irritation in the morning before I saw my doctor for a normal checkup. I almost broke the blood pr…

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Q:My husband and I decided to take Chantix to help us stop smoking. Initially, we had side effects: daily headaches at the base of the skull, …

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Q:Last week, I developed a nosebleed that would not quit. After a couple of days, I went to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Even after I f…

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Blood pressure measurement is one of the most fundamental tests any health professional performs. No physical exam would be complete without it.

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