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 My neice's 3 year old son has been diagnosed with a 5-7 mm hole in the heart?Should he be operated upon at thi
Or can it be done later?
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Shuld he be operated upon at this age?...

 Is my blood pressure too low?
I was wondering if my blood pressure is something to be worried about. I have been taking it for the past week or so and it has been ranging from around 86/44 to 92/58. I am sometimes dizzy and ...

 what cause's high blood pressure and what are the cure?

 Is it bad for a girl with Palpitation (heart problems) to have a relationship?
It's really tearing me apart everytime people say that me and my best friend can't be together because she has a heart problem..

She keeps on telling me to give up because I'...

 Pain in the heart when breathing in?
Starting from when I was around ten or so I'd get a random sharp stabbing pain in my heart when I breathe in and then I'd either have to take really shallow breathes for a few seconds or ...

 How can I raise my blood pressure and heart rate? I'm anorexic.?
In order to get the doctors off my back, I need a higher blood pressure and heart rate. Any tips? I'm consuming more salt at the moment. Will this make me heavier in the short term? Please help, ...

 my hubbys heart rate is at 53bpm should he go to hospital?
hes sleeping and that is his bpm 53 what should i do?...

 how do you wake up in the morning without having coffee & abstaining from all caffiene?

 I'm i having a heart attack?help really scared!!?
a few minutes ago i had a sharp pain in the middle of my chest but it didn't really hurt a lot then the side of my left rib, then my stomach started to hurt like a hungry feeling ,and now i'...

 ive just had a blod pressure reading and is 158 over 107 is this high or normal ?

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just done it again and its 196 over 121...

 Is low blood pressure good or bad for your health?

 How close have you been to death and what was it like?

 I've been having an irregular heartbeat for some time now.?
I went to a walk in clinic and the Dr. advised I have Premature Atrial Contractions. He also advised they are no cause for worry, however, I have been having them more frequently now and am beginning ...

 Unbearable feeling of my heart beating please help.?
Hi, im a 20 year old male, not too long ago i was taking a hot bath and when i got out and tried to go to sleep i couldn't. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest, kinda like a pound and ...

 How long does it take for a broken heart to heal? :(?

 i lost my apatite. is there anything that will bring it back?
My girl broke up with me over a week ago and i am taking it really hard. i cant even eat. also i dont even feel like doing anything now. is there something i can do to get over it?...

 had heart attack 9 months ago and can't seem to be able to regain any energy. I don't do anything around house
except for the essentials i need a good plan for diet and exercise any help would be appreciated.Doc says i'm doing fine but i don't feel fine so i think i need to get moving but not to ...

 I just read that after a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Desease, you only have about 5 years left.?
Since I learned last July that I have CHD, I have been diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and the insulin treatment seems to be working, my numbers now in the 90's. I've lost 23 lbs but I'm ...

 How does obesity cause heart attacks?
Please no copy paste because i cant understand it ...

 today is day 1000 after having open heart surgery?
today janurary 3rd 2008 is my 1000 day out of having open
heart surgery has any one else hit that mark or past it today .
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today saturday janurary 5th is day 1003<...

How can my dad lower his blood pressure without taking drugs?

a pill is not the easiest, but many times it is the most effective...it can take months to lose enough weight, eat correctly, or develop a healthier lifestyle....do you want to risk walking around with the high BP in the meantime?!...

Rocco R
He can go on a low sodium, low fat diet, for starters. Exercise and weight loss go a long way in lowering blood pressure. Acupuncture is also an alternative that seems to work for this.

I have gone on to a BP tablet.I am not overweight,donot add salt at all to anything.Eat benecol,fruit veg,no red meat.I have had discussions with different gp's but they all say sometimes its just in the Genes and theres nothing you can do.I am now about to try a natural supplement called SERRAPETASE ,not sure if i've spelt it right.its suppose to give your arteries a bit of a clean but cant advise as only just got it.

Hot D
High blood pressure is a common problem but does not show any symptoms. Many Americans suffering from high blood pressure are blissfully unaware of it. This makes it essential for everyone to check their blood pressure regularly.

Though there are no known causes of high blood pressure, there are certain factors that are related to it and are hence likely to increase the danger of strokes and heart attacks. They are: excess consumption of salt, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and too much consumption of alcohol and other banned items. Besides certain genetic factors are out of our control. E.g. people of African origin have higher risks of suffering from high blood pressure, at quite young age and in harsher forms.
As per the latest research, the blood pressure reading from 120/80 mm Hg to 139/89 mm Hg is classified as "prehypertension". This classification is supposed to recognize patients whose chances of suffering from high blood pressure are quite high. Normal blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mm Hg. The most perfect blood pressure level is nearly 115/75 mm Hg. People suffering from kidney disease or diabetes should ensure their blood pressure is less than 130/80 mm Hg.
The dangerous complications caused by high blood pressure are hypertensive nephropathy, cerebrovascular accident, hypertensive retinopathy, and heart attacks.
The chief ingredient to reduce blood pressure by diet is to lower your salt intake. If you are a patient of from high blood pressure, you are better off discussing the problem of salt with your doctor. According to the estimates, Americans eat more salt than all other nationalities. Plenty of salt leads to situations such as hypertension.

The daily recommended salt intake, as per the American Heart Association, should not be more than 6 grams.

A diet high in fiber will lower his blood pressure, the fiber will flush out salts and cholesterol, also adding some parsley to some foods will help, and foods high in potassium such as bananas can help. Foods with Omega 3's such as flax seeds, and fish are great for lowering blood pressure, foods high in sodium (salt) are the number one thing to avoid. Especially processed food, anything frozen to be reheated are the worst things to eat for someone with high blood pressure. Basically diet and exercise will help a great deal, depending on what your father can do it does not mean he has to go run a marathon. Some High Blood pressure diets can seem bland to the taste since it either using small amounts of salt or none at all, but you can use alternatives to salt such as other spices there is a variety of spices at the grocery store that are sodium free, just keep an eye out. There are also salt/sodium free cookbooks you can check out for ideas.

hope this helps.

Heart Attack Jack
Try flying a kite on a bright windy day. Sit by a gentle rolling brook. Watch a little league ball game on a Saturday afternoon. Plant a flower garden. Read a great book that makes you smile. Spend a day at a spa. If you don't have time for all of this, try a regular regiment of diet and exercise.Sweat your butt off and eat like a bird. A healthy bird. Nuts and Berries. It might be easier to take a pill.

He needs to lower his salt intake, and try to learn ways to relax. It really just depends on what is causing his blood pressure to be so high. There are alot of different factors. High Cholesterol, High Stress, Diabetes. Cheerios...
He needs to make sure he's eating healthy and excercising to control this or it will get out of control.

Exercise (walking, swimming, cycling, etc), everyday. Lose weight if over weight. Avoid salt, avoid fatty foods, avoid processed carbs. Here's a site with more info:

There are several ways to lower blood pressure without medications. First, there are foods which can help to lower blood pressure. Bananas and other foods high in potassium act to naturally lower blood pressure.

Certain fish, such as salmon and sardines, also act to lower the levels of inflammation throughout the body, and can help to lower blood pressure.

Nuts, especially walnuts, have been shown in various studies to significantly reduce blood pressure.

In addition to changing your diet, exercise can significantly lower blood pressure. Walking is especially effective in lowering blood pressure. You should aim for at least 45 minutes to an hour each day.

Finally, certain physico-spiritual practices such as yoga and deep meditation have been shown to lower blood pressure.

I have posted a link that will help to give you a detailed plan for lowering your blood pressure. It is called "Foods That Reduce Blood Pressure".

Best of luck to you.

Lower you sodium intake exercise regularly and stay away from fast foods. Drink a lot of water to help flush your system. Sometimes a person retains water could also raise your blood pressure.

Google "Buddhist breathing"

electa g
There are tons of ways.Diet and exercise to name a few.He needs to check with his doctor prior to starting a exercise regimen.However, losing 10% of his weight can dramatically decrease his bp.Garlic and other natural supplements can be taken as well.Have him stop by his local supplement shop, or do some research on www.gnc.com

With his diet. Talk to Dr, about what foods help lower bp.

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