High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): A Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Tests

A staggering three-quarters of Americans over age 60 have high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, putting them at increased risk for stroke, heart attack and heart failure. Men tend to have higher blood pressure rates in their younger years, but women catch up around the time of menopause. Hypertension increases with age: Only 22.4…

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8 Surprising Reasons to Try Tai Chi After 50 

With benefits that include reducing blood pressure, boosting brain health and preventing falls, tai chi is at the top of the list of recommended exercises for older adults. The research on the benefits of tai chi has long been compelling, says Ardeshir Hashmi, M.D., section chief of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine. Dozens of…

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Why Friends Are Good for Your Health and Well-Being

When her father died, Margarite Avendano found herself “a little bit alone” after tending to him full time as his health declined.  As a caretaker, she says, “you kind of hide yourself. There’s a stigma. You become more isolated.” So after his death, she decided to work on her own health — by making new…

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