High Blood Pressure Tips

Mar 23, 2009

University of Maryland cardiologist and hypertension expert Elijah Saunders, M.D., offers advice on controlling your blood pressure and protecting your heart.
The heart, a muscle about the size of a fist, is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Over the course of an average life span, it beats about two and a half billion times without ever taking a break. The daily choices we make about how we live our lives determine our hearts' ability to function optimally.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. More than 2,600 people die of heart disease every day, which translates into one cardiovascular death every 33 seconds.
University of Maryland cardiologist and hypertension expert Elijah Saunders, M.D., offers advice on controlling your blood pressure and protecting your heart.
The heart, a muscle about the size of a fist, is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies. Over the course of an average life span, it beats about two and a half billion times without ever taking a break. The daily choices we make about how we live our lives determine our hearts' ability to function optimally.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. More than 2,600 people die of heart disease every day, which translates into one cardiovascular death every 33 seconds.
Control Your Pressure
The average adult has about five liters of blood flowing through the body via an intricate network of blood vessels called arteries, veins and capillaries. Blood is essential to life for it delivers oxygen from our lungs to our body tissues, and carries harmful waste to the kidneys to be removed. Blood also transports hormones from our glands to various parts of our bodies, as well as vitamins and nutrients from our digestive tracts.
When our blood vessels become clogged due to a plaque buildup of cholesterol and fat, our hearts must work twice as hard to pump enough blood to our vital organs. This is what causes our blood pressure to surge.
As the pressure increases inside of our arteries, veins and capillaries, our hearts become even more overworked. Over time, our hearts grow larger in an effort to compensate for the extra workload and eventually they become weaker.
When you add obesity, smoking, or diabetes to the mix, the risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney disease for those with high blood pressure increases dramatically. This is why it is important to know what your blood pressure is.
Experts recommend that you maintain a blood pressure lower than 140/90 mm Hg at rest. The higher number represents the maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts (systole). It reflects the stiffness of the large arteries near the heart, and the volume of blood pumped into them. The lower number represents the pressure exerted when the heart begins to relax between beats (diastole), just before the next contraction. It measures the amount of constriction of the body's smaller arteries or arterioles
Good Reasons to Exercise
A great way to lower your blood pressure and combat the corrosive effects of plaque buildup is to exercise. Studies have shown that sedentary lifestyles tend to elevate blood pressure, while regular exercise can reduce it.
According to Saunders, exercise is so effective at controlling blood pressure because it stimulates a substance within our bodies called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is produced by our endothelial cells, which live on the inside layer of our blood vessels.
"Nitric oxide is a substance that helps to keep our blood vessels open," said Saunders. "During the early stages of plaque buildup or arteriosclerosis, one of the first things we see is a reduction in the amount of nitric oxide in the blood vessels. When we exercise, the accelerated pumping of our hearts forces more blood to flow through our vessels. As this blood pushes its way along the lining of our vessels, the endothelial cells release more nitric oxide."
You don't have to spend hours in the gym to reap the healthy benefits of exercise. Walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, even vacuuming briskly can increase the blood flow from your heart and through blood vessels.
In addition to regular exercise, a heart-friendly diet is also important, said Saunders. Broiling foods instead of frying them and trimming the skin and fat off of meat all add up to less artery-clogging plaque in your blood vessels.
Say No to Smoking, Excessive Drinking
Another way to improve your overall cardiovascular health is to quit smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol. While drinking in moderation
doesn't seem to have much of an impact on your heart, having more than three drinks a day may contribute to high blood pressure. Alcohol has been shown to raise blood pressure by interfering with the flow of blood to and from the heart. When alcohol courses through your bloodstream, it pushes blood rich in nutrients away from your heart.
Studies have shown that it is much more difficult to control blood pressure if you drink heavily. Conversely, a reduction in alcohol consumption can help lower blood pressure.
Smoking also takes a heavy toll on the heart. According to the American Lung Association, over 400,000 Americans die of smoking-related illnesses each year. This figure includes those affected by secondhand smoke and babies born prematurely due to prenatal, maternal smoking.
Nicotine, one of thousands of chemicals found in cigarettes, causes the blood vessels to constrict. This narrowing of the vessels increases blood pressure.
Nicotine is an extremely addictive chemical. Studies show that nicotine activates the circuits in the brain that regulate pleasurable feelings. It does this by increasing the levels of a chemical found in our brains called dopamine. The U.S. Surgeon General warns that nicotine addiction is similar to heroine and morphine addiction. In fact, when smokers inhale, the nicotine reaches the brain faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously.
Kicking a smoking habit may not be easy, but it is worthwhile. About 1.3 million people quit smoking each year. The benefits of quitting are numerous. They include improved tolerance for exercise, and a reduction in the risk of developing lung cancer, bladder cancer and heart disease.
Three years after giving up nicotine, Saunders said that ex-smokers have a 65 percent reduction in deaths from heart disease relative to those who continue to smoke.
Make Heart-Healthy Changes
Experts urge the public to break those habits that threaten cardiovascular health. Adopting a more heart-healthy approach to life now can have a positive influence on future generations.
"We are all getting too fat in our society and we need to turn things around," said Saunders. "Physical inactivity among our youth is a real problem. We need to make sure that we eat eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and get more exercise. We need to get ourselves and our children away from the television sets and the computers, and start them exercising early in their lives.
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Tips To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

The sun contains 99.8% of the solar system's mass, is 4.5 billionyears old, and reaches surface temperatures of nearly 10,000degrees Fahrenheit-a pretty impressive resume, not to mention itessentially sustains life here on earth.But did you know that light from the sun can bleach the retina'sphotosensitive pigments, causing temporary blindness?Damage to your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays iscumulative and can cause pteryguim (tissue growth on the whitesof the eyes that can diminish vision) and age-related maculardegeneration (deterioration of a part of the retina).In addition, UV rays are the biggest culprit in the formation ofcataracts. The World Health Organization estimates there are 16million people worldwide who are blind as the result of cataracts,and as many as 20% of the cases may be due to UV radiationexposure.The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is to stay out ofit! But since that isn't likely to happen, with a littleprotection and common sense, you can enjoy the beautiful outdoorsto your heart's content.What to look for in a pair of sunglasses:
1) Look for a label that tells you how much UV protection thesunglasses offer. Ideally, your shades should block 99% to 100%of UV radiation.
2) Close-fitting sunglasses help block light more effectively:look for wraparound shades or large lenses.
3) Dark colored sunglasses don't necessarily protect you better.It's a special coating on the lens that makes them safe, not theirdarkness.
4) Gray, green, and brown lenses usually give better protectionthan other colors.
5) More expensive shades may be more fashionable, but they don'tprovide more protection.
Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Besides making you lookpretty slick, a good pair of shades can provide protection fromthe sun's harmful effects!
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Ten Tips for writing a blog post

Here are ten tips that help me with my blog writing.
  1. Make your opinion known
  2. Link like crazy
  3. Write less
  4. 250 Words is enough
  5. Make Headlines snappy
  6. Write with passion
  7. Include Bullet point lists
  8. Edit your post
  9. Make your posts easy to scan
  10. Be consistent with your style
  11. Litter the post with keywords

1. Make your opinion known
People like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think, crazy as it sounds they want to know what you think. Tell them exactly what you think using the least amount of words possible.

2. Link like crazy.
Support your post with links to other web pages that are contextual to your post.

3. Write Less
Give the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words. Time is finite and people are infinitely busy. Blast your knowledge into the reader at the speed of sound.

4. 250 is enough
A long post is easier to forget and harder to get into. A short post is the opposite.

5. Make Headlines snappy
Contain your whole argument in your headline. Check out National newspapers to see how they do it.

6. Include bullet point lists
We all love lists, it structures the info in an easily digestible format.

7. Make your posts easy to scan
Every few paragraphs insert a sub heading. Make sentences and headlines short and to the point.

8. Be consistent with your style
People like to know what to expect, once you have settled on a style for your audience stick to it.

9. Litter the post with Keywords.
Think about what keywords people would use to search for your post and include them in the body text and headers. make sure the keyword placement is natural and does not seem out of place.

10. Edit your post
Good writing is in the editing. Before you hit the submit button, re-read your post and cut out the stuff that you don’t need.

I hope you enjoyed my tips for writing a blog post - feel free to share your own blog writing tips below.

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Weight Loss Tips

Every one knows diet is necessary for the human being life because it gives as good health and good looking personality but some time it gives bad effect for the human body, it has increased many diseases and many problems but important problem is that we are increasing weight. Now a day every one wants to good looking personality but we are taking very oily and spice food that’s we increase weight problem. We are control this heavy weight problem by using regular exercise and take low fat diet. Researcher has found natural diet and regular exercise program are giving a good health personality and change a life style but it necessary to we use this types of program.Actually we are taking many types of exercise like walking, jogging, running, swimming or riding a bicycle but we should do different-different types activities on different days.
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25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog

With so many blogs being created every day, it’s a mystery to many bloggers how to make their blog stand out. There are many types of blogs or purposes for blogs and a certain number of tactics are applicable to just about all of them.Some companies choose to hire a blog consultant, but others like to try things internally. For those “DIY” companies and individuals interested in practical tips for marketing and optimizing a business blog, try out the following list of blog marketing and optimization tips:

  1. Decide on a stand alone domain name www.myblog.com or directory of existing site www.mysite.com/blog. Sub domain is also an option blog.mysite.com. Avoid hosted services that do not allow you to use your own domain name!
  2. Obtain and install customizable blog software - WordPress and Moveable Type are my favorites.
  3. Customize blog look and feel templates - aka design.
  4. Research keywords and develop a glossary - Keyword Discovery, WordTracker, SitePoint, SEOBook Keyword Research.
  5. Optimize the blog:
    • Template optimization - RSS subscription options, social bookmark links, HTML code, Unique title tags, URLs, Sitemap
    • Add helper plugins specific to WordPress or MT
    • Create keyword rich categories (reference your keyword glossary)
  6. Enable automatic trackback and ping functionality.
  7. Create Feedburner Pro account and enable feed tracking.
  8. Setup a Google account for Sitemap, validate and prep for future submission.
  9. Identify authoritative blogs, web sites and hubs for outbound resource links and blogroll.
  10. Format archived posts, related posts.
  11. Enable statistics for tracking - Google Analytics, ClickTracks.
  12. Submit RSS feed and Blog URL to prominent RSS and Blog directories / search engines.
  13. Engage in an ongoing link building campaign.
  14. If podcast or video content are available, submit to Podcast and Vlog directories.
  15. Submit blog url to paid directories with categories for blogs - Yahoo, BOTW, bCentral, WOW, JoeAnt.
  16. Optimize and distribute a press release announcing blog.
  17. Request feedback or reviews of your blog in relevant forums, discussion threads. If you have a resourceful post that will help others, point to it.
  18. Research and comment on relevant industry related blogs and blogs with significant centers of influence.
  19. Post regularly. If it’s a news oriented blog, 3-5 times per day. If it’s an authoritative blog, 3-5 times per week, but each post must be unique and high value.
  20. Monitor inbound links, traffic, comments and mentions of your blog - Google Alerts, Technorati, Blogpulse, Yahoo News, Ask Blogs and Feeds.
  21. Always respond to comments on your blog and when you detect a mention of your blog on another blog, thank that blogger in the comments of the post.
  22. Make contact with related bloggers on AND offline if possible.
  23. When making blog posts always cite the source with a link and don’t be afraid to mention popular bloggers by name. Use keywords in the blog post title, in the body of the post and use anchor text when you link to previous posts you’ve made.
  24. Use social networking services, forums and discussion threads to connect with other bloggers. If they like your stuff, they will link to you.
  25. Remember when web sites were a new concept and the sage advice to print your web address everywhere you print your phone number? The same advice applies for your blog.
  26. If your blog’s goal is to promote you as an authority, interview other prominent bloggers in your industry. Your own credibility will improve by association.
  27. Build out your online networks through services such as MyBlogLog, Twitter and Facebook and leverage them to promote particularly useful content on your blog.
  28. Once your blog has 1000 or more subscribers, show your Feedburner badge
  29. Host images with Flickr making sure to include an anchor text link in the image description back to the post where the image is used.
  30. Use your blog to gain press/media credentials at relevant industry conferences and use the event to create content, connections and increase your knowledge.
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First Asus Eee Touchscreen Laptop?

Despite Asus Eee’s ever growing popularity I have always felt unconvinced by the concept. It’s a cheap and highly portable device, I’ll give you that, but it needs some more work done here and there.

Asus’ Australian division has confirmed they are working on a Eee Touchscreen laptop version. The details are still missing. Is is going to be a clamshell based touchscreen notebook? Is it going to be called an Eee something? Is it going to be that affordable? Is it going to be 7 or 9 inch?

While we are all waiting for the WWDC in June, we shouldn’t overlook the Taipei Computex from June 3rd to June 7th. The Eee was released there last year and hopefully this touchscreen rumor will be confirmed in a few days at the same conference.

I’d be interested in a touchscreen Eee. If they manage to squeeze a hard drive too, I’ll be changing my opinion about this wonder laptop

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Operating System Microsoft Vista Home Premium

• Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4Ghz

• Hard Drive 640 Gb

• Display 18.4" W TrueBrite

• Memory 4 Gb

• Video Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT

• Video Memory 1 GB

• Multimedia Drive B.R./ DVD±RW

• Warranty 1 Year

• Built-in Camera Yes

• Wi-Fi Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card

• Bluetooth Yes

• TV Tuner Yes

• FingerPrint Reader Yes

• External Ports


Sony Vaio VGN-NS11Z

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For some reasons, Asus's first Netbook Tablet PC did not make the headlines; the EEE PCT T91 is the first portable member of the EEE Family to come with a touchscreen and there's more to it.

Details are quite scant but we know that it comes with a 8.9-inch touchscreen, weighs under 1Kg and offers up to 5 hours worth of battery life. Expect it to come with an Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM and a 16GB SSD drive.

The 8.9-inch wonder works like a traditional laptop and can be transformed into a tablet PC simply by rotating the screen.

According to Asus' CeBIT press release, the T91 also comes with HSUPA connectivity, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth plus Built-in GPS (a 8.9-inch SatNav?) and, wait for it, a built-in TV and FM Tuner.

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HP EliteBook 2730p Laptop PC

Productivity with a twist, starting at 3.7 lbs/1.7 kg, the HP EliteBook 2730p notebook PC offers you the functionality of an ultra-light notebook plus the flexibility of an ultra-slim tablet.

HP EliteBook 2730p - Core 2 Duo SL9400 / 1.86 GHz LV - RAM 2 GB - HDD 120 GB - GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) - TPM - fingerprint reader - Vista Business - 12.1" Widescreen TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )

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OQO Model e2

The model e2 is a pocket size, full featured PC with a sliding 5 inch (127mm) WVGA LCD screen. Ergonomically designed for usability on the go, the model e2 features an integrated backlit thumb keyboard, track stick, and capacitive TouchScrollers . For wireless connectivity, the model e2 comes standard with WiFi 802.11a /b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 technology. flexible Encased in a magnesium alloy chassis, the model e2 is a standalone, handheld computer with shock mounted hard drive or optional solid state drive. At the office, the model e2 functions as a desktop PC.
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