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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Ask the Harvard Experts: Worrying about low nighttime blood pressure?

By Richard Lee, M.D.




What you need to know


JewishWorldReview.com | Q. My systolic blood pressure is high in the morning (about 165), but in the evening it drops to below 100. I'm taking two blood pressure medications daily and still experiencing seriously low blood pressure at night. What would you suggest?


A. Everyone's blood pressure changes throughout the day, and it's often highest in the morning and lowest at night. You seem worried about the low pressure at night, but that would concern me only if it's accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness or fainting. A systolic (top number) pressure below the normal of 120 is usually not worrisome. In fact, studies show that low blood pressure while you're sleeping predicts low cardiovascular risk.


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I'm more concerned about your high morning pressure and the big difference between night and morning. Getting out of bed in the morning leads to a surge in adrenaline, and this is something you can't prevent -- unless you stay in bed all day, which we don't recommend! You might be able to address your high morning blood pressure by changing when you take your medications. The effects of some blood pressure drugs remain pretty constant over time, even during sleep. But others are broken down quickly, and their effect may wane overnight, leading to high morning readings.


Without knowing which specific medications you take, I can only suggest that you talk with your doctor about taking one in the morning and the other before bed, or perhaps changing the types of medications to ones that the body eliminates more slowly. That might even out their effects over 24 hours and narrow the gap between day and night blood pressure.


Before you visit your doctor, record your blood pressure for several days at various times each day, including before you get out of bed in the morning and again at bedtime. Armed with that information and your medication-taking history, your doctor should be able to help you quell the morning surge. -- Richard Lee, M.D., Associate Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

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