By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2022 0 Comments
    Multiple BP Meds leads to Lisinopril and Losarta…

    When it comes to hypertension (HTN), many physicians strive to meet guidelines set up by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). According to these organizat…

    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: 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: 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: Joe Graedon October 25, 2021 3 Comments
    Lead in Hair Dye Is Finally Coming Out!

    Lead is not good for animals or people. This mineral can cause a range of very serious health problems, from depression and memory loss to hypertension and multiple organ damage. That’s why we have …

    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 18, 2021 82 Comments
    Metoprolol Mess (Toprol XL) Reveals Serious Flaw…

    We have been writing about problems with generic metoprolol for more than a decade. This beta blocker is prescribed for patients with hypertension and heart problems such as angina pectoris, heart fai…

    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: 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 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: Joe Graedon August 23, 2021 16 Comments
    Can You Control Blood Pressure Naturally?

    Do you have high blood pressure? Chances are very good that you do. The goal posts have been moved by medical authorities. As a result, half of all U.S. adults are now considered hypertensive. Normal …

    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: 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 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 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: 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 June 29, 2020 12 Comments
    Blood Pressure Measurements Are Too Important to…

    We are constantly amazed at how many mistakes health professionals make when they take blood pressure measurements. Readers have shared that technicians don’t often give them time to sit down and re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 1 Comments
    Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer …

    Doctors have been debating the link between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cognitive decline for decades (BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Nov. 3, 2016). They have been equally divided and uncert…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2020 18 Comments
    Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

    Have you been looking for natural ways to lower your blood pressure? People who manage their blood pressure with medications are less likely to experience cognitive decline (JAMA, May 19, 2020). What'…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2020 3 Comments
    Will Blood Pressure Remedy Lead to Kidney Stones…

    Hippocrates' warning that the physician should do no harm in the course of treating a condition should also apply to anyone treating themselves with home remedies. An astute reader searching for a blo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2020 10 Comments
    Should You Worry About COVID-19 with ACE Inhibit…

    Tens of millions of people take blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) or ARBs, angiotensin receptor blockers. ACEIs are drugs such as lisinopril, benazepril, captopril, enalapril an…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2020 2 Comments
    Avoid Drug Side Effects by Being Informed!

    Do you know the most common and the most serious side effects of all the medicine you are taking? Was the information presented in a way you could actually understand what symptoms to look out for? Wh…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2020 20 Comments
    Your Blood Pressure Will Vary Throughout the Day…

    What’s your blood pressure? Not in general, but right now, this very minute! Unless you get out your blood pressure monitor and actually measure it as you are reading this article, you won’t have …

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2020 1 Comments
    Do Ginseng Supplements Raise Blood Pressure?

    Ever since the mid-1990s, Americans have been exploring the potential benefits of herbal medicines. Many have been experimenting with ginseng, perhaps because it holds an important place in traditiona…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2020 3 Comments
    Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe A…

    As we add additional birthdays to life's scorecard, we frequently start to notice more aches and pains. Arthritis can affect almost any joint in the body, and many people have problems with multiple j…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2020 7 Comments
    Using Eggplant to Lower Your Blood Pressure

    Several years ago, a reader wrote to tell us about using eggplant water to treat elevated blood pressure. At the time, we were quite surprised, as we were unfamiliar with this home remedy. A search of…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2020 12 Comments
    Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure With Cherries?

    Half of the adults in the United States have hypertension. The usual solution is blood pressure medicine and that may be necessary in many cases. But there are many ways to get hypertension under cont…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2020 7 Comments
    Do You Know How to Take Your Blood Pressure Righ…

    Public health experts at the American Heart Association estimate that about half of American adults have high blood pressure, also termed hypertension. As a result, they are at increased risk for stro…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2019 1 Comments
    Holiday Blood Pressure Challenges Hard to Manage

    Have you taken your blood pressure today? Was it less than 130/80? If not, you are in the danger zone according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). At…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2019 12 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

    Doctors appreciate ACE (angiotensin receptor enzyme) inhibitors for lowering high blood pressure. They have been first-line treatments for hypertension for many years. We used to think drugs such as b…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 14 Comments
    Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Conce…

    Over the last 15 months, millions of blood pressure pills called ARBs have been recalled due to contamination with nitrosamines. Many people with hypertension worried about a possible increased risk o…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2019 15 Comments
    How Herbal Medicines Lower Blood Pressure

    Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, have made a fascinating discovery (PNAS, Sep. 30, 2019). They have identified the mechanism by which some traditional herbal medicines lower blood p…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2019 10 Comments
    Home Blood Pressure May Be Better Than Clinic

    Do you take your blood pressure at home? Home blood pressure monitoring can be extremely helpful. Measuring your own blood pressure in the privacy of your home can help sidestep the nerves that lead t…