By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2021 12 Comments
    Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of D…

    Many physicians believe that a good blood pressure (BP) is right around 120/80, regardless of age. Some aggressively prescribe several blood pressure medicines to achieve that goal. There is, however,…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 0 Comments
    What Cold Medicine Is Safe for People With High …

    If your blood pressure is elevated, there are all sorts of things you are supposed to avoid. Pretzels and potato chips, for example, along with other foods that contain a lot of salt. You may have hea…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2021 15 Comments
    Power of Pomegranate to Promote Health

    The clock is counting down! That’s because pomegranate season is almost over. In the US, this ancient fruit is available roughly between October and December. That means we may have another week or …

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 33 Comments
    Can Beet Juice Really Lower High Blood Pressure?

    If you have hypertension, your doctor has probably prescribed medicine to lower high blood pressure. You may have gone through quite an extensive period of trial and error to find a drug that works wi…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2021 87 Comments
    Hypertension Heresy: Are We Overtreating High Bl…

    Prepare for whiplash. What I am about to share with you will confuse you and make your doctor quite anxious. But I feel obligated to share data that are contradictory. Pretending that there aren't inc…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2021 9 Comments
    Meloxicam Raised Blood Pressure Through the Roof…

    Tens of millions of people take oral NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) every day. We are talking about celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam and naproxen. Most people realize that su…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2021 2 Comments
    How Has Pandemic Stress Affected Your Blood Pres…

    Pandemic stress has had a significant impact on blood pressure (Circulation, Dec. 6, 2021). A new study utilized data from hundreds of thousands of people in a large employee wellness program. Quest D…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 6 Comments
    Special Savings on Memory+ and Other CocoaVia Pr…

    How would you like to end 2021 with special savings on CocoaVia products? The company, which sponsors The People’s Pharmacy radio show and podcasts, is having its biggest sale of the year on all of …

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 79 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2021 1 Comments
    Common Medications That Raise Blood Pressure

    Have you ever felt as if you were driving with your foot on the brake and the gas at the same time? If you are caught in stop and go traffic, you know how frustrating it can be. It’s hard to get ver…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 22 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of vitamin supplements. New research …

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2021 4 Comments
    Glaucoma Patients Should Not Take Blood Pressure…

    We sometimes get questions about when to take medicines. Does it matter whether you take them all at once, or do they need to be separated? (The correct answer to this question, unfortunately, depends…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2021 7 Comments
    BP Drug Irbesartan Recall Reveals Contaminant Ca…

    Not again! The FDA recently announced the recall of the blood pressure medication irbesartan. All batches of this BP medicine made by the Indian drug company Lupin are being pulled off pharmacy shelve…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2021 51 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 38 Comments
    When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or B…

    When do you swallow your pills? If you are like most people, you get into the habit of taking all your medications and supplements at breakfast time. It's a routine that is hard to break. One study su…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other health be…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2021 17 Comments
    Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

    Have you been told you have high blood pressure? Doctors recognize that untreated hypertension can increase your chance of developing heart disease, kidney damage or stroke. Consequently, you should t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2021 378 Comments
    Amlodipine (Norvasc) Side Effects

    For reasons that remain somewhat mysterious to us, amlodipine (Norvasc) is one of the most popular blood pressure medications in the pharmacy. This calcium channel blocker lowers blood pressure in par…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2021 7 Comments
    Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Si…

    Lisinopril is the most frequently prescribed blood pressure pill in the United States. At last count, 20 million Americans take this ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor daily. It works quite…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 4 Comments
    How to Boost Your Cardiovascular Health with Coc…

    Thousands of years ago, native people in Mexico, Central America and the Amazon basin treasured cacao. That's the tree whose fruit is the source of cocoa and chocolate. In fact, they domesticated it s…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2021 0 Comments
    Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dande…

    High blood pressure is a very common condition that is usually treated with one or more medications. For the most part, people don't have a lot of trouble with diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2021 0 Comments
    Do ACE Inhibitors or ARBs Work Better for Blood …

    One out of two adults in the US has hypertension. That means their systolic blood pressure reads 130 or above and their diastolic blood pressure is at least 80. Most of these people need medication to…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2021 7 Comments
    Can People Overdose on Potassium-Rich Foods?

    Potassium is an essential mineral. When potassium levels fall too low doctors call it HYPOkalemia. This condition can become life threatening. Symptoms include weakness, confusion, muscle cramps, musc…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2021 1 Comments
    Save on CocoaVia for Brain Health This Month

    Our sponsor, CocoaVia, makes high-quality supplements with precision. When you take their Memory+ supplement, you get exactly 750 mg of cocoa flavanols to help improve your brain health. This suppleme…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2021 14 Comments
    Think Zinc for Hypertension

    Hpertension is a leading contributor to heart attacks and strokes. But controlling high blood pressure is not always easy. That’s in part because it varies so much over the course of the day. Get st…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 0 Comments
    How a DASH Diet Can Protect Your Heart

    The DASH Diet—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—has been shown to lower blood pressure. Numerous studies since 1997 have demonstrated its effectiveness against diabetes and depression as wel…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2021 65 Comments
    Beet Juice Was Better Than a Drug for Lowering B…

    Some natural products have an impressive ability to affect human physiology. Among these are vegetables naturally high in nitrate, particularly beets (referred to in England as beetroot). Research sho…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2021 49 Comments
    Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects: Skin Cancer an…

    You have been advised by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology that if you have systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and/or diastolic blood pressure of 80 or higher…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 6 Comments
    Will a Potassium Salt Substitute Lower Your Bloo…

    When epidemiologists and cardiologists give advice about hypertension, they often recommend that we cut back on salt (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Oct. 11, 2016). Strict salt restric…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 1 Comments
    People with Cardiovascular Disease Do Better Eat…

    Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer throughout the world. People at high risk are often prescribed a number of medications to control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2020 6 Comments
    Can Tylenol – Acetaminophen Raise Blood Pressu…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. That’s because there is a lot of pain out there. Whether it’s from headaches, arthritis or backaches…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Mouthwash Nix the Benefits of Beets?

    Is your blood pressure a bit high? You might want to consider adding a little beet juice to your morning smoothie. Although it seems improbable, a review of 11 randomized controlled trials shows that …

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2020 28 Comments
    What Are the Best BP Drugs for Hypertension?

    The American Heart Association states that over 100 million Americans have high blood pressure (BP). It is defined as at or above 130/80. That means roughly 1 out of every 2 adults in the United State…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2020 19 Comments
    Blood Pressure Measurement Mistakes and Misdiagn…

    Blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In recent years the recommended threshold for treating hypertension has been lowered. Health professionals are expected to help p…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2020 9 Comments
    How Your Home Address Affects Your Health

    Where people live can have a profound impact on their risk of developing certain chronic health conditions. Scientists have been able to map the differences in health conditions across the United Stat…

    By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2020 5 Comments
    More Americans Now Have Uncontrolled Hypertensio…

    High blood pressure may be one of the pre-existing conditions that make people more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Unfortunately, an analysis published in JAMA reveals that an increasing p…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2020 10 Comments
    How Does Baking Soda in Water Fight Swelling?

    A half teaspoon of baking soda in water is a time-honored simple home remedy for indigestion. Many people with occasional heartburn find that this inexpensive approach works well. We have also heard f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2020 10 Comments
    Atenolol Side Effects vs. Losartan Side Effects

    For decades beta blocker heart medicines like atenolol and metoprolol have been very popular blood pressure medicines. According to a recent analysis, metoprolol is # 8 on the doctors’ hit parade of…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2020 32 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Hand Tremors

    The most prescribed blood pressure medicine in the U.S. is the ACE inhibitor lisinopril. At last count, more than 20 million Americans swallow this BP pill daily. We always thought we knew about lisin…