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Category: High Blood Pressure

The Latest on Salt & Blood Pressure – Dr. Sam Daya

One in three American adults has high blood pressure. Even more shocking, an estimated five percent of children now have high blood pressure, too — and that number is growing at an alarming rate. What is causing this epidemic? Certainly obesity and lack of exercise, but what about the latest research on the salt connection — is it really bad that for you? In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast heart disease expert Dr. Sam Daya sets the record straight on high blood pressure and how to avoid the risks it brings for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and chronic kidney disease.

What is high blood pressure? (first question)

What causes high blood pressure? (skip to 0:38)

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure and why is it often called the “silent killer?” (skip to 1:10)

What happens to people who have high blood pressure and either don’t know it or don’t treat it? (skip to 1:40)

How is high blood pressure treated? (skip to 2:17)

The Centers for Disease Control just came out with news about salt as it relates to high blood pressure. Some are now saying that there is no significant benefit to watching salt intake as a means of controlling blood pressure. What does the study actually say? (skip to 2:54)

What is your advice to your patients with high blood pressure and heart disease regarding their salt intake? (skip to 4:34) (EDITOR’S NOTE: In his answer to this question, you will hear Dr. Daya advise a maximum salt intake of 2,000 grams per day. This was an inadvertent slip of the tongue. He intended to advise a maximum daily intake of 2,000 milligrams.)

What about the recent news that people with high blood pressure actually crave salt? (skip to 5:20)

Can children have high blood pressure? How does high blood pressure affect children both short-term and long-term? (skip to 6:22)

For people with high blood pressure, other than medication, what are the most effective steps they can take in lowering their blood pressure? (skip to 7:20)

Childhood Obesity – Dr. Jonathan MacClements

As many as 40 percent of fourth grade children are now clinically defined as either overweight or obese. This is leading to an explosion of problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and other conditions that were once thought to be mainly adult health concerns. Dr. Jonathan MacClements discusses childhood obesity, including its treatment and prevention.

How much of a problem is childhood obesity? (first question)

Why is childhood obesity considered a health problem? (skip to 0:39)

How do I know if my child is considered obese? (skip to 1:00)

Can a child actually develop heart disease, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea as a result of being overweight? (skip to 1:45)

Can being overweight affect a child when he or she reaches puberty? (skip to 2:10)

What is the single most important thing to be done to reduce the likelihood of my child becoming obese? (skip to 2:32)

How can I involve my child in overcoming a weight problem without undermining self-confidence? (skip to 3:18)

Metabolic Syndrome – Dr. Patti Olusola

Take any three of elevated blood pressure, excess abdominal fat, high triglycerides, high blood sugar or low “good” cholesterol and what you have is a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. With that diagnosis, you are at greater risk for heart attack, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. The U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Patti Olusola talks about diagnosing, treating and preventing metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome? (first question)

What are the risk factors for metabolic syndrome? (skip to 1:20)

Why is having metabolic syndrome so alarming? (skip to 1:58)

Are there signs or symptoms to look for? (skip to 2:20)

How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed? (skip to 3:11)

How is metabolic syndrome treated? (skip to 4:17)

Are children at risk for developing metabolic syndrome? (skip to 5:19)

Why is metabolic syndrome becoming more common? (skip to 5:47)

If you lose weight, what effect will it have on the risk factors for metabolic syndrome? (skip to 6:26)

Can metabolic syndrome be reversed? (skip to 7:23)

Pulmonary Hypertension – Dr. Julie Philley

When your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood into your lungs, the condition is called pulmonary hypertension. When not treated, it can lead to shortness of breath, dizziness and ultimately heart failure. University of Texas Health Science Center pulmonologist Dr. Julie Philley answers questions about pulmonary hypertension in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is pulmonary hypertension and what causes it? (first question)

How is pulmonary hypertension different from common high blood pressure? (skip to 0:50)

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension? (skip to 1:31)

Are there groups of people who are at higher risk for pulmonary hypertension? (skip to 1:53)

How do you know if you have pulmonary hypertension? How is it diagnosed? (skip to 2:13)

How serious is pulmonary hypertension and can it be cured? (skip to 3:07)

The Diabetes Links – Dr. David Shafer

Diabetes is a very serious disease in and of itself. But it doesn’t stop there. Ongoing clinical research is revealing that diabetes has causal or complicating links to a range of other serious health problems including the most common cancers, hearing loss, dementia, heart attack and stroke. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. David Shafer answers questions on the diabetes links.

What is diabetes and why does there appear to be links between it and other serious diseases? (first question)

Are the links to other diseases equally attributable to Type I and Type II diabetes? (skip to 1:32)

What is the link between diabetes and heart attack or stroke? (skip to 3:23)

Why do people with diabetes have a greater risk of hearing loss? (skip to 4:18)

What is the connection between diabetes and cancer? (skip to 5:29)

Why would someone with diabetes be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? (skip to 7:03)

What is the link between diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure)? (skip to 9:30)

Are these risks increased irrespective of how well diabetes is managed by the patient? (skip to 10:40)

 

High Blood Pressure – Dr. Patti Olusola

It’s called the silent killer for a reason. Many people who have high blood pressure either don’t know it or don’t treat it and suffer not a single symptom until something catastrophic such as a heart attack or stroke occurs. Dr. Patti Olusola, a Family Medicine Specialist at the University of Texas Health Science Center answers questions regarding diagnosing and treating high blood pressure in this post to Health Connection.TV.

What is high blood pressure? (first question)

What causes high blood pressure? (skip to 0:34)

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure and why is it called the “silent killer?” (skip to 1:02)

What happens to people who have high blood pressure who either don’t know it or don’t treat it? (skip to 1:30)

How is high blood pressure treated? (skip to 2:06)

Are medications for treating high blood pressure well tolerated? (skip to 2:40)

What is the connection between salt and high blood pressure? (skip to 2:53)

What are some of the salty foods that we eat that might surprise us? (skip to 3:24)

Can children have high blood pressure? How does it affect them short and long term? (skip to 4:04)

If one has high blood pressure, how helpful is it to use a blood pressure monitor at home and how accurate are the readings? (skip to 4:59)

If using a blood pressure monitor at home, how frequently should a reading be taken and what time of day is best? (skip to 5:51)

Will there ever be a vaccine for high blood pressure? (skip to 6:38)

Childhood Hypertension – Dr. Monique Mills

We tend to associate high blood pressure with getting older. But the fact is, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a growing problem among children and adolescents. Dr. Monique Mills, a pediatrician at the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler, talks about high blood pressure in children.

What is hypertension? (first question)

How common is hypertension among children? (skip to 0:35)

Is high blood pressure among children on the increase? (skip to 0:48)

What is normal blood pressure for a child? (skip to 1:26)

What do the two numbers in blood pressure readings mean? (skip to 2:18)

How do I know if my child has high blood pressure? (skip to 2:46)

What causes high blood pressure in children? (skip to 3:25)

How does high blood pressure affect the health of children? (skip to 4:05)

What is the long-term impact of high blood pressure on children? (skip to 5:03)

How is high blood pressure in children treated? (skip to 5:48)

How much will weight loss affect blood pressure? (skip to 6:58)

Dr. Dudley Goulden – Heart Medications

Doctors today have an array of safe and effective medications for the treatment of heart disease. Each medication has a specific purpose and care must be taken when using them in combination. Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses heart medications in this post to healthconnection.tv from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

What are the differences between beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins in the treatment of heart disease? (first question)

How successful are these drugs in treating heart disease? (skip to 0:55)

Are there side effects to be concerned about in connection with these heart medications? (skip to 01:26)

Is there any one medication that has proved better than others in treating heart disease? (skip to 02:05)

If I have high blood pressure, is it a given that I should be taking a diuretic? (skip to 02:42)

Are heart disease medications like statins, aspirin and beta blockers underutilized in treating heart disease in women? (skip to 03:20)

With respect to adults over age 50, what percentage of them suffer with high blood pressure? (skip to 04:12)

What is your opinion concerning a daily aspirin regimen with respect to preventing or treating heart disease? (skip to 04:46)

Are there potential problems with the long-term use of heart disease medications that could outweigh the benefits? (skip to 05:36)

Are there any promising new heart disease medications on the horizon? (skip to 06:23)