May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
(14 May 2007: VIDYYA MEDICAL NEWS SERVICE) -- Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. If it is not found and treated, the condition can cause major health problems such as stroke, heart disease, eye problems, or kidney failure. Your doctor can tell you how to prevent and control high blood pressure. NCCAM is studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for this condition – such as mindfulness based stress reduction. Be sure to tell your doctor about any CAM therapies you are considering, including herbal or dietary supplements. Ask your health care providers about its safety, effectiveness, and possible interactions with medications (both prescription and nonprescription).
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The FDA has identified several dietary supplements marketed for erectile dysfunction that actually contain undeclared chemicals that are similar or identical to the active ingredients used in several FDA-approved prescription drug products. This risk is serious because consumers may not know that these ingredients can interact with prescription drugs, such as nitrates, and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.
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