Top foods to help your hypertension

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 5, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Lower your blood pressure with a healthy diet

Blood pressure monitoring is one of the most basic of heart tests, and it’s the only way to know if you’re at risk for hypertension. Whether your numbers look great or you need to take steps to bring them down, the food you eat can be your first line of defense. There’s nothing boring about a heart-healthy diet, so there are no excuses.

In this article about hypertension, we’ll recommend some easy ways you can plan a diet and choose specific foods to help lower your blood pressure.

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Why should you worry about hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 3, 2015 3:31:00 PM

High blood pressure concerns and conditions

There are plenty of reasons to worry about hypertensionBecause hypertension has few symptoms, you could be at risk for heart issues as well as other serious health problems. In this article about hypertension, we'll provide information about what can happen when high blood pressure goes untreated.

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How do I treat my high blood pressure?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 26, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Your treatment options for high blood pressure

If your doctor tells you your blood pressure is too high, also known as hypertension, you'll want to know what treatment options are available. In this third article in Ridgeview's series about hypertension and heart health, we’ll share some of the common treatments for high blood pressure. 

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What are the symptoms of hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 24, 2015 12:20:00 PM

How to know if you have high blood pressure

Often, what's most concerning about high blood pressure is the lack of warning signs. In this article about doctor_with_patienthypertension, we'll discuss symptoms and risks for your heart health. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, rarely produces any outward signs until it becomes extreme. That makes it potentially very dangerous for your heart health.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize there are no reliable indicators or symptoms of high blood pressure, so they assume they aren’t at risk as long as they feel fine. In fact, problems such as sweating, facial flushing, blood spots in your eyes, nosebleeds, dizziness, nervousness and trouble sleeping–often thought to be symptoms of high blood pressureare not caused by hypertension.

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What should you know about hypertension?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 19, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Questions to ask your doctor about high blood pressure

One factor that affects your heart health is hypertension, or high blood pressure. Since your blood pressure typically increases as you age, it’s a subject you should regularly discuss with your health care provider. To help, Ridgeview is sharing a five-part series on hypertension. In this first article, we offer suggestions to help you ask your doctor about high blood pressure. 

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What is heart scan calcium scoring, and why do you need it?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 17, 2015 12:42:00 PM

A test to detect heart disease before symptoms occur

Staying on top of your heart health isn't always a top priority. Beyond a heart-healthy diet, there are simple steps you can take to ensure you're doing everything you can to avoid a scary cardiac event. Unfortunately, many patients who experience a heart event never suspected that anything was wrong in the first place. One tool used by physicians to protect your heart health is a CT heart scan, in which results are measured by your calcium score. This test helps evaluate your risk for a cardiac event, even before symptoms occur. Here are the facts about heart scan calcium scoring and why you may consider it:

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Topics: Primary Care

What are the benefits of the measles vaccination?

Posted by J. Erik Johanson, MD on Feb 12, 2015 10:12:18 AM

Vaccination benefits are greater than the side effects

To understand the benefits of the measles vaccination, it’s important first to understand what measles is and its risks. Measles is a viral illness. It spreads rapidly to non-immunized people. It incubates in the infected person for about ten days before symptoms appear. The first symptoms are high fever, fatigue, cough and conjunctivitis (pink eye). These symptoms last about two to three days, followed by a rash that develops on the face, spreading to the trunk and arms. The infection usually resolves in about two to three days after the rash appears.

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Topics: Primary Care

Quit smoking? Don’t choose an e-cigarette

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Feb 10, 2015 11:39:33 AM

There’s no good reason to start a new habit and plenty of reasons to quit a bad one

I have seen the kiosks at the mall, but I didn’t pay much attention to e-cigarettes until the word “vape” became the 2014 Oxford Dictionary word of the year. E-cigarettes seem to have crept into our culture but many questions, including health and safety questions, are still left unanswered.

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Topics: Wellness

When should you call your family physician?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 5, 2015 12:44:00 PM

Calling your family physician: When is the right time?


One of the most common medical questions can often have a complicated answer: When should you call your family physician? There is no simple answer, because there are many variables surrounding your health. Your age, gender and symptoms all affect the answer to this question, and considerations for children are different than for adults. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or lung disease, that contributes as well. Still, there are some guidelines, and some great sources for information. In this article, to help you find a doctor for your family, we’ll provide some typical examples:

Your child has a cold...or is it the flu? Should you call your doctor?

Influenza–or the fluis in the news these days, because it’s a widespread concern this winter season. Children are more vulnerable, as are older people, so it’s best to call your doctor for guidance.

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Tips for picking a family doctor

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 3, 2015 2:29:16 PM

Questions to ask a family physician during a meet & greet

Finding the right family doctor is important, because ideally, you’ll establish a long-term relationship. Make an appointment for a Ridgeview Meet & Greet to learn more about the health care providers you’re considering. In this blog article, the second in our series on finding a family physician, we’ll identify the questions to ask a family physician during a one-on-one Meet & Greet visit so you can make the best choice. 

For most clinics, there may be no charge for an introductory session, or you may need to pay a fee or co-pay amount. Either way, it’s worth investing your time in the discussion to make sure you make the right decision for your family.

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Topics: Primary Care

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 
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