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Seven Foods That May Affect Your Blood Pressure

Seven Foods That May Affect Your Blood Pressure

Many foods affect blood pressure. These effects can be negative, tending to make blood pressure higher, or positive, contributing to an overall decrease in blood pressure. Some foods may even help to prevent high blood pressure before it develops. Learn about seven blood pressure-altering foods and ......[Read More]
What Is a Butterfly Needle?

What Is a Butterfly Needle?

Having blood drawn is a fact of life. Nearly everyone experiences it at some point. Fear of pain and multiple needle sticks cause many people to cringe at the thought. Learning the types of needles used in phlebotomy can help allay these fears.......[Read More]
Difference Between Blood & Plasma

Difference Between Blood & Plasma

"Whole blood" refers to blood containing all its components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and so on. "Plasma" can refer either to the yellowish fluid of blood in which the cells are suspended, or to the blood after red blood cells have been removed.......[Read More]
Heparin History

Heparin History

The modern pharmaceutical introduces new drugs frequently, as medical science continues to make improvements on older medications and find new ways to combat any number of maladies. These new medications must undergo rigorous FDA testing before being deemed safe for human use. In the case of the pre......[Read More]
Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

But finding does not prove certain intestinal bacteria determine size of one's waistline......[Read More]
What Medical Condition Does High Potassium Indicate?

What Medical Condition Does High Potassium Indicate?

In general, high blood potassium levels indicate a problem with the uptake of potassium. This can be caused by several conditions, with kidney disease being one of the most common, according to research reported in the Texas Heart Institute Journal in 2006. Medications can also cause potassium imbal......[Read More]
How to Take Blueberry Extract

How to Take Blueberry Extract

Blueberry extract contains powerful antioxidants. It's taken orally for a variety of health reasons, such as improve one's overall health; lower bad cholesterol; improve balance and coordination; and help improve memory. Blueberry extract is " rich in vitamins and other nutrients," according to Nut......[Read More]
What Are the Normal A1c Levels for Children?

What Are the Normal A1c Levels for Children?

The glycated hemoglobin level, or A1c, measures the extra glucose in a child's blood over the past two to three months. A1c results are expressed as the percentage of the child's hemoglobin molecules that have glucose bound to them.......[Read More]
How to Identify Low Blood Pressure Readings

How to Identify Low Blood Pressure Readings

Blood Pressure readings are indicated by two numbers. The top number is a measure of the pressure in the arteries, while the heart beats - systolic pressure. The bottom number is the pressure on the arteries when the heart is resting - diastolic pressure. There are "normal" or ......[Read More]
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Blood Pressure Medications?

How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Blood Pressure Medications?

If you're alive, you have blood pressure and you want it to be strong. It needs to be able to circulate blood through your entire body. Without it, your body can't get the oxygen it needs to survive. The problem is that sometimes your blood pressure is too high--your heart is working too hard---and ......[Read More]
Adjuvant Antiarrhythmic Therapy in Patients With ICDs

Adjuvant Antiarrhythmic Therapy in Patients With ICDs

Learn about the roles of nonantiarrhythmic drug approaches that are used in isolation and in combination with antiarrhythmic drugs to reduce subsequent risk of ICD shocks.......[Read More]
How to Use a Digital Sphygmomanometer

How to Use a Digital Sphygmomanometer

Previously, only trained health care professionals could take blood pressure measurements because the auscultatory method of listening using a stethoscope required substantial practice. This traditional method remains the most accurate method of measuring blood pressure. However, you can now purchas......[Read More]
Cholesterol Levels Spike During Winter Months, Study Finds

Cholesterol Levels Spike During Winter Months, Study Finds

Tendency to eat more, exercise less when it's cold and snowy outside may explain trend......[Read More]
How to Reduce Your A1C Glycated Hemoglobin Blood Levels

How to Reduce Your A1C Glycated Hemoglobin Blood Levels

Monitoring your diabetes is important in both short-term and long-term blood levels. Daily glucose monitoring determines the short-term status of your blood sugar, while your glycated hemoglobin levels (A1C) show your average glucose levels over the past three months. According to the American Diabe......[Read More]
Endothelin Receptor Antagonists in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Endothelin Receptor Antagonists in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Gain a better understanding of both the pathogenic role played by ET-1 signaling systems in pulmonary arterial hypertension and the pharmacology of ERAs.......[Read More]
What Does a High Alkaline Phosphatase Level Indicate?

What Does a High Alkaline Phosphatase Level Indicate?

Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme produced primarily in the liver. The kidneys, intestine and bones also contribute in smaller amounts. As a clinical diagnostic tool, elevated alkaline phosphatate should be assessed along with other enzymes, but can indicate a number of medical conditions.......[Read More]
Amlodipine/Valsartan in Non-Whites With Hypertension

Amlodipine/Valsartan in Non-Whites With Hypertension

Hypertension and its related morbidity and mortality affect a disproportionate number of black patients compared with white patients. Will this drug combo fill in the gaps?......[Read More]
How to Test Blood Sugar in Order to Help Control Diabetes

How to Test Blood Sugar in Order to Help Control Diabetes

Take charge of managing your diabetes by monitoring your levels of glucose, or blood sugar using a glucose meter. Glucose readings are expressed in milligrams/deciliter, or mg/dl. Consult with your health provider to help you understand your desired glucose readings, and what to do if the readings a......[Read More]
Your Heart-Healthy Grocery Shopping List

Your Heart-Healthy Grocery Shopping List

WebMD's heart-healthy kitchen essentials guide may help you lower your cholesterol.......[Read More]
Cholesterol Diet

Cholesterol Diet

Find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of cholesterol diet including medical reference, news, pictures, videos, and more.......[Read More]