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L-arginine: Does it lower blood pressure?
Can L-arginine supplements lower blood pressure?
Answer From Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
L-arginine (el-AHR-jih-nene) is an organic substance called an amino acid. Your body usually makes all the L-arginine it needs. You also get L-arginine through your diet in foods such as nuts, fish, red meat, soy, whole grains, beans and dairy products.
The body changes L-arginine to nitric oxide, a substance known to widen blood vessels. Some people take L-arginine supplements to relax and open arteries, which might help lower blood pressure. However, L-arginine supplements are rarely necessary and may only benefit people who have a true deficiency.
Research on L-arginine has had mixed results. The most recent research suggests that L-arginine may lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and improve overall blood vessel health.
A review of several studies found that adults with high blood pressure who took daily L-arginine supplements lowered their bottom (diastolic) blood pressure number by about 2 to 3 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
When it comes to heart health, L-arginine may work better when combined with other vitamins, such as vitamins B6 and B12. However, larger, more-robust studies are needed to confirm these findings before experts can recommend everyday use of these supplements.
L-arginine drug interactions
It’s important to know that L-arginine supplements can interact with some medications, including:
- Blood thinners, including aspirin and warfarin
- Certain diuretics
- Some high blood pressure medications
- Erectile dysfunction drugs
- Diabetes medications
Who shouldn’t take L-arginine
Don’t take L-arginine if you’ve had a heart attack. There are concerns that the supplement might increase the risk of death.
L-arginine supplements can worsen allergies and asthma. Use with caution.
Don’t take L-arginine supplements if you’ve had cold sores or genital herpes. Too much L-arginine in your system can activate the virus that causes those conditions.
Talk to your doctor about supplements
A healthy diet and regular exercise are among the best ways to keep your blood pressure healthy. If you’re thinking about taking an herbal or dietary supplement, such as L-arginine, talk to your doctor first. Some supplements can interact with blood pressure medications or make certain health conditions worse.
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
March 02, 2021
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Can Anxiety Cause High Blood Pressure? Here’s What the Research Says
Anxiety is part of life. You feel it when you’re stuck in traffic, harried at work or worrying about your family and finances. There’s no doubt that feeling anxious can elevate your blood pressure, at least in the short term.
“Our mind and our thoughts certainly are connected to our hearts,” says Dr. Christopher Celano, associate director of the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. When something makes you anxious—whether it’s a life-threatening emergency or persistent worry—your sympathetic nervous system initiates a fight-or-flight response that raises your heart rate and blood pressure, he explains.
This is fine—and maybe even beneficial—in moderation. “A little anxiety can be motivating,” he says. It can help you start a new exercise routine or make healthier food choices. But it needs to be balanced out by parasympathetic nervous system activity. “The parasympathetic nervous system helps you relax, and a balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems is essential for heart health,” he says.
Some people with anxiety don’t have this balance, and over time this could imperil the heart. “When people are chronically anxious, they may experience changes to their immune system, blood vessels, and platelets that may contribute to heart disease,” he says.
Research bears this out. A 2015 research review found that people who experience high levels of anxiety are more likely to develop hypertension than those who aren’t as anxious. When a person’s anxiety levels are elevated for long periods of time, the resulting nervous system activity could raise blood pressure and promote arterial disease, the authors of that review write. But a lot of the evidence they turned up was inconsistent or inconclusive, they point out. Some contradictory research has even found that anxiety is associated with a slightly lower risk of hypertension.
The tricky thing is establishing an unambiguous cause-and-effect relationship between anxiety and high blood pressure, says Dr. James Brian Byrd, a hypertension specialist and assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Ask someone to deliver an impromptu public speech, and their heart rate will almost surely shoot up, Byrd says. “However, it is harder to tell whether frequent anxiety can contribute to the development of sustained hypertension,” he says. “The issue is not settled.”
Still, the links between chronic anxiety and higher rates of hypertension and heart problems are worth taking seriously. “People who have anxiety all the time and worry about a lot of different things—those are probably people who are going to be more at risk for heart disease and hypertension in the long run,” says Celano.
Some of Celano’s research has shown that, among people with heart disease, anxiety is associated with increased mortality. While that doesn’t prove that anxiety earlier in life caused or contributed to their heart problems, he says it makes sense that constant worrying would, over time, promote heart and blood-pressure issues.
How can you tell if your anxiety is the type that could hurt your heart in the long run? That can be difficult. Doctors and clinicians tend to use lengthy questionnaires, such as the state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI). The STAI asks people to rate, on a scale from “not at all” to “very much,” whether they’re feeling calm, secure, tense, strained, frightened, etc.
Celano offers more straightforward criteria. “Try to distinguish whether or not the anxiety is so severe that it’s impacting [your] life or functioning,” he says. If you feel like you worry too much about a variety of things on most days, and this anxiety is messing with your sleep or mood or relationships, then that’s the type of anxiety that could lead to hypertension and heart trouble, he says.
“Talk with a physician or other provider about it,” he advises. There are a number of ways to deal with it—from meditation and relaxation response training to medication, he says.
Even if it turns out that anxiety by itself doesn’t contribute to heart disease, keeping your worrying in check is still important. “Irrespective of whether chronic anxiety contributes to hypertension, managing anxiety and stress is an important aspect of maintaining a high-quality of life,” he says.
A steady state of high anxiety isn’t something you should ignore.
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Why Do Anxiety and High Blood Pressure Go Hand-In-Hand?
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As a psychologist who trains therapists around the country in new ways to combat anxiety, I have become interested in the relationship between anxiety and high blood pressure.
Which causes which? And can treatments for one help with the other? Here’s the latest that I’ve found in my search for answers.
Does anxiety cause high blood pressure?
The answer seems to be complex: No and yes.
Sheldon Sheps, M.D., writes for the Mayo Clinic that, “Anxiety doesn’t cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension). But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys, as can chronic high blood pressure.” So even though anxiety may not cause chronic high blood pressure, it can cause similar health problems.
Dr. Sheps adds a warning about a second way in which anxiety can damage cardiovascular health. Because of their sedating side-effects, physicians may prescribe anti-depressants to lower anxiety. Unfortunately, these drugs, known as serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors (SNRIs), can increase your blood pressure.
Yet another concern rises if you take into account a third variable—that ever-important phenomenon of sleep (or lack thereof). Dr. Sheps’ article refers to Dr. Robert Rosenberg, Medical Director of The Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff (in Northern Arizona) to explain that anxiety can cause you to lie awake worrying or to sleep fitfully. If so, your body’s stress reaction is being activated while you lie in bed—that is, during the very hours that your body is supposed to be recuperating from your daytime activities, feelings, and thoughts. Stress reactions throughout the night cause your body to release cortisol and adrenaline, two chemicals that raise blood pressure. Hypertension, here we come.
Ultimately, if you are experiencing too much anxiety, it’s best to do something to reduce it—both for health reasons and because, frankly, anxiety feels unpleasant.
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Does high blood pressure cause anxiety?
Probably not directly.
At the same time, the fear of what high blood pressure could be doing to your body definitely can cause anxiety.
High blood pressure does not create immediately visible or painful symptoms. That’s why most people are unaware when their blood pressure has become too high, unless their medical professionals have discovered it in a health checkup.
The difficulty is that high blood pressure can lead to potentially fatal consequences. Want atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), a stroke, or a heart attack? If not, it’s best to lower your blood pressure.
Can treatments for one hurt the other?
As I wrote above, one category of medications for anxiety (anti-depressant medications like SNRI’s) can increase blood pressure. At the same time, the benzodiazepines (Valium, etc.), which used to be the mainstay of anxiety medications, can be highly addictive. Struggling with addiction, if it arises, will likely create additional anxiety.
On the other hand, several medications used to treat blood pressure may include anxiety as a possible side effect. An online search may be helpful if you’ve been prescribed a specific medication and want more information on this concern.
Can treatments for one help the other?
Here, there is good news. Non-drug treatments for high blood pressure tend to be the same treatments that lower anxiety. The following list of treatments may both lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety:
- Yoga: There is now a significant amount of research on yoga as a possible treatment for anxiety. Research also indicates that yoga may help treat hypertension if it incorporates three particular elements: poses, meditation, and breath control.
- Exercise: Review articles summarizing the research on exercise’s impacts on hypertension and on anxiety conclude that three factors are important for effective results: frequency (the best is daily), intensity (it’s helpful, at least some of the time, to pump it up), and time (30-60 minutes).
- Sunshine, outdoor scenes, and natural environments
- Managing alcohol consumption
- Addressing negative worry habits: Use thought substitution—that is, replace worried thoughts with a visualization of a positive scene. The scene needn’t be a solution to your problem. Just visualize any situation in which you see yourself feeling relaxed—such as playing with children, floating in the water at the beach, lying in the sunshine, or sitting in a garden with colorful flowers in full bloom.
- Sleep: Beware, however, of taking pills for sleep. Many come with the risk of negative side effects.
- Use a float tank: Restful floating seems to reduce anxiety, at least temporarily, as well as lowers blood pressure. More studies are needed to establish whether ongoing use of flotation treatments removes these difficulties over the long-term.
- Problem-solve: The single best stress-reducer is to find solutions to the dilemmas you are facing.
The bottom line: Both high blood pressure and excessive anxiety can be alleviated. In some cases, this can be done without risking side effects from medications.
Medications can fix many problems. They save lives.
At the same time, when alternative treatments—many of which come with few (if any) negative side effects—are options, it seems to me that these are worth a try. If you can say goodbye to both high blood pressure and anxiety by availing yourself of one (or several) of the no-pill options in the list above, how would that change your quality of life?
You get only one life. Take care of yourself.
Hypertension and Your Mental Health: Westmed Family Healthcare: Family Physicians
You may not think of mental health disorders when you think about high blood pressure, but a connection exists. If you have hypertension, you’re more likely to experience mood issues, such as anxiety and depression than those with normal blood pressure.
Hypertension is a manageable condition. There are ways to control your blood pressure with lifestyle changes and/or medication. Adhering to an effective hypertension treatment plan can get your blood pressure under control and improve your mental health. Here’s what our physicians at Westmed Family Healthcare want you to know about hypertension and your mental health.
What is hypertension?
High blood pressure is extremely common in the United States, with more than 100 million adults classified as having hypertension, according to data from the American Heart Association.
Your heart pumps blood continuously through your entire body, and as it pumps, the force of the movement creates pressure inside your arteries and against the walls of your blood vessels and veins. This pressure can build up tremendously, causing the force of the movement to become abnormally high. When blood pressure remains elevated, it damages your blood vessels over time.
Most people know that chronic hypertension increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, but you may not be aware that uncontrolled or poorly controlled hypertension puts your mental health at risk as well.
High blood pressure is manageable
Hypertension is considered a modifiable risk factor for heart disease. In other words, you can make certain lifestyle changes to bring your blood pressure within a healthy range and lower your risk of complications.
Practical measures like eating a heart-healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, losing weight, and quitting smoking can go a long way in managing high blood pressure. When lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough, we may recommend medication to control your blood pressure.
How does hypertension affect your mental health?
Just getting a diagnosis of hypertension can make you feel anxious. But it’s important to know that with adequate treatment, you can get your blood pressure under control and protect your heart and mental health. Having high blood pressure doesn’t mean that you’re destined to die of a heart attack or stroke.
Researchers have explored the connection between high blood pressure and mental health and found that it can affect your mental health in the following ways:
Anxiety and depression themselves can cause you avoid treatment. Patients with anxiety and depression are less likely to take their medication and comply with their treatment as directed, compounding the problem and leaving blood pressure uncontrolled or poorly controlled.
Hypertension causes a state of low-grade, chronic inflammation. The chemicals involved in chronic inflammatory responses can negatively affect your mental health, interfering with mood-regulating chemicals.
Untreated hypertension increases the level of stress-related chemicals circulating in your blood. Making matters worse, stress-related chemicals increase blood pressure. This two-way relationship spells trouble for your mental health.
Stress is a major risk factor in mental health disorders. Treating your high blood pressure and bringing your stress levels down can improve your mental health and lower the chances of experiencing anxiety and depression.
Seek treatment for hypertension
At Westmed Family Healthcare, we carefully consider your mental health and how it affects your work life and your family life. We work continuously to offer not only medical support, but access to the best remedies, research, and treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced providers, call our Westminster, Colorado, office or use our online booking system.
How Anxiety Affects Blood Pressure
Blood pressure naturally fluctuates throughout the day. No matter how healthy you are, you’re going to have higher blood pressure and lower blood pressure at different times during the day depending on what you eat, how much sleep you got, how much you’re moving, and even how stressed you feel.
In some cases anxiety can have an effect on your blood pressure. But what’s interesting is that anxiety doesn’t just make your blood pressure higher – it can make your blood pressure lower as well.
Blood Pressure Changes and Anxiety
Anxiety is the activation of your fight or flight system – a system designed to keep you safe from harm – when no danger is present. The fight or flight system causes a number of physical changes that would help you respond to a predator or threat if one was present, but can be distressing when they occur without that danger.
Different types of anxiety can affect your blood pressure in different ways. To understand how anxiety can impact blood pressure, first you must gain a basic understanding of blood pressure and how it fluctuates.
- Increased Heart Rate Your increased heart rate is one of the main contributors to an increase in blood pressure. When you experience anxiety your heart rate increases – presumably to pump blood to areas of your body that need it if you were fighting or fleeing. But that increase in cardiac output causes an increase in pressure that raises your systolic pressure. It should be noted that your diastolic pressure usually remains stable, although a slight increase is possible.
- Contracting Ventricles This is directly related to heart rate because they’re all part of the same system. But blood normally travels through the ventricles at some amount of pressure, and when you have anxiety the ventricles contract while blood is pumping through them, causing an increase in that pressure.
- Hypoventilation Remember, not all blood pressure changes cause high blood pressure. You can also have low blood pressure from anxiety, caused by hypoventilation. Many people breathe poorly when they have anxiety, causing them to breathe in too much carbon dioxide. This causes your body to operate at a weaker level, which in turn causes the blood vessels to dilate, which lowers blood pressure. Rarely is blood pressure dangerously low, but it may decrease.
- Salt/Sodium Studies have also shown that when stress causes hypertension (high blood pressure) your body may have trouble excreting sodium. High blood pressure may be somewhat self-sustaining as a result of anxiety, because excess sodium also causes an increase in blood pressure.
Finally, it is always important to remember that blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day due to exertion, diet, hydration, and more. Blood pressure is not constant even if you do not have any anxiety. So “high blood pressure” may not be high blood pressure at all, and may instead be a reading during one of these fluctuations.
Blood Pressure Changes Can Cause Anxiety
It’s also possible for blood pressure to cause anxiety. Both low blood pressure and high blood pressure can cause changes in your heartbeat, dizziness and lightheadedness, and more. These symptoms can themselves create anxiety or trigger panic attacks, and that in turn may increase your anxiety. However, not everyone who suffers from high blood pressure experiences anxiety.
Is it Dangerous When Anxiety Affects Blood Pressure?
The greatest concern is whether or not your blood pressure changes are dangerous. The answer is a bit complicated. On the most basic level, affected blood pressure is not dangerous. Remember, random fluctuations happen all the time with no ill effects. Blood pressure is a symptom of an issue – whether it’s anxiety or heart disease – and not a cause of heart problems.
Your heart rate and your blood pressure also may get a break with anxiety. The body is remarkable and adjusts to chronic conditions. Some people that experience anxiety for hours on end actually find that their blood pressure adjusts to that anxiety, which ultimately means that it goes back to a base level. High blood pressure changes tend to be fairly short term, and are most common in the early stages of anxiety or during panic attacks.
However, it would be wrong to say that this rise in blood pressure cannot be dangerous. For those with heart disease, these symptoms should not be taken lightly. Anxiety can cause a rapid heartbeat, which leads to higher blood pressure and could in theory exacerbate a heart condition. That’s why it’s always important to talk to a doctor and get checked out regardless of your anxiety.
How to Overcome Affected Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is specifically monitored by your brain to ensure that your body is operating at an ideal level. Temporary spikes in blood pressure can cause concerns, but your body creates them for a reason.
It is important to make sure you learn to manage your anxiety to help ensure healthy blood pressure. Whether you have panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc., you still need to make sure that you’re treating your anxiety in order to also treat your anxiety-related high blood pressure.
Anxiety typically makes blood pressure increase, and in some cases can make blood pressure decrease. However, blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day with or without anxiety. It is best to not be too concerned with one’s own blood pressure, and instead focus on anxiety reduction.
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Anxiety and Heart Disease | Johns Hopkins Medicine
The association between anxiety and heart disease has not been as fully studied as the relationship between depression and heart disease.
However, Una D McCann, M.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, believes the connection is strong.
Anxiety and the Development of Heart Disease
“It’s my view and my personal clinical experience that anxiety disorders can play a major role in heart disease,” says McCann. “I believe that a really careful look at anxiety would reveal the ways it can severely impact heart disease, both as a contributing factor and as an obstacle in recovery.”
A natural reaction to a sudden heart attack can be similar to post-traumatic stress disorder:
- You’re likely to be shocked by your near-death experience and extremely hesitant to do the things you used to do.
- You might constantly relive the life-threatening event, and avoid the activity or place associated with the heart attack.
- Recurring anxious thoughts may impede your ability to get regular sleep.
- Your thoughts about what lies ahead may be extremely negative and cause a drastically foreshortened outlook of the future.
The Effect of Anxiety on the Heart
When someone is anxious, their body reacts in ways that can put an extra strain on their heart. The physical symptoms of anxiety can be especially damaging among individuals with existing cardiac disease.
Anxiety may have an association with the following heart disorders and cardiac risk factors:
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) – In serious cases, can interfere with normal heart function and increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
- Increased blood pressure – If chronic, can lead to coronary disease, weakening of the heart muscle, and heart failure.
- Decreased heart rate variability – May result in higher incidence of death after an acute heart attack.
Anxiety and Heart Attack Recovery
Anxiety disorders come with a high degree of fear and uncertainty. When this fear and certainty keeps the heart attack or heart disease patient from following the advice and treatment plan of their cardiologist, it can have a major impact on recovery. Anxiety can interfere with:
- Sticking to prescribed exercise regimens
- Taking prescribed medications
- Following through with a healthy diet
- Getting a proper amount of quality sleep
- Reconnecting with friends and family
- Confidently resuming job career and family responsibilities
Different Types of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders fall into several categories. Here are a few of them:
- Panic disorder – can be associated with cardiac disease or mistaken for heart attack. Feelings of extreme agitation and terror are often accompanied by dizziness, chest pains, stomach discomfort, shortness of breath, and rapid heart rate.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a condition that can follow a shocking or frightening incident or sudden, life-threatening event such as a violent crime, major accident, or heart attack. A person suffering from PTSD often has trouble dealing with anything associated with the incident that caused their condition, and experiences feelings of jitteriness and detachment.
- Obsessive-Compulsive disorder – People with OCD will manage unreasonable thoughts and worries by performing the same actions over and over. For example, an individual obsessed with perceived cardiovascular symptoms that have been checked and cleared by a physician may compulsively research them or find new ones for hours on end.
Distinguishing a Panic Attack from a Heart Attack
Panic attacks and heart attacks can share similar if not identical symptoms. Anyone suffering from sudden and severe chest pain—whether being treated for anxiety disorder or not— should go to the emergency room. The physician will test the patient’s blood for specific heart muscle enzymes. If none are found, it’s usually not a heart attack.
A cardiologist sensitive to the issues of anxiety and depression will know how to sort out panic attack symptoms from heart attack symptoms, and will be able to refer the patient for treatment for panic disorder or any other type of anxiety.
Diagnosing and Treating Anxiety
It’s important to differentiate normal anxiety from the more severe type. Does the anxiety interfere with your family life or keep you from being productive in your professional life? Does it restrict you from engaging in the activities you like? If the answer is yes, then it’s the kind of anxiety that may require some degree of therapy or medical attention.
Depending on the duration, severity, and type of anxiety, treatment can include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. A common and effective method of treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which involves three main components:
- Anxiety management – The goal is to keep the patient from placing too much concentration on anxieties about the future that are impossible to control, and helpthe patient focus on the present. Anxiety management may encompass relaxation exercises, sensory focusing, and yoga techniques.
- Cognitive restructuring – People with anxiety disorders tend to “catastrophize,” or put too much weight in the possibility of disastrous or apocalyptic events. Cognitive restructuring—through patient-therapist give and take—presents a series of logical steps that aims to prove that distorting events and situations is not a healthy thing.
- Exposure therapy – Seeks to gradually and repeatedly expose the patient to the activity or environment that causes the anxiety. The successful result is reached when the individual can effectively manage the anxiety. Examples include overcoming a fear of crossing a bridge, successfully navigating a cross-country plane trip, or spending time in a location associated with an accident or crime.
Anxiety in Women
Women are about twice as likely as men to experience panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (PTSD), social phobia, and anxiety disorders when taken as a whole. Women are also more likely than men to get post-traumatic stress disorder, even though men are more likely to be exposed to violent and dangerous situations.
One reason may be that the types of traumas that women experience most—sexual trauma and rape—are more likely to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is one of the many types of anxiety that can put stress on the heart.
The Role of Genes in Anxiety Disorder
“Just like a major heart attack, a burn is a horrible thing, says McCann. “About 33% of patients who have really severe burns develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Which makes us wonder about the 66% who do not get PTSD. We think genes are a huge part of it. We’re currently researching whether this same genetic vulnerability holds true for cardiac disease.”
How to Overcome White Coat Hypertension — Thrive Family Medicine
Does going to the doctor just seriously freak you out? Like to the point where your palms are sweaty and you can feel your heart racing, even though you know you’re in great hands and likely don’t have anything to be worrying about?
While we hate to hear that because we—your physicians—seriously want you to be comfortable, we can assure you that you’re not alone and that what you’re feeling when you step into our offices is more common than you might think.
In fact, that sudden rise in blood pressure you experience when you go to the doctor is so common, it actually has a name: White Coat Hypertension or White Coat Syndrome. It’s an anxiety-induced blood pressure spike while in a medical environment when high blood pressure is not otherwise an issue for the patient.
We’ve gathered some tips you can try to keep calm and overcome your White Coat Hypertension, but first, allow us to explain what it is, what could be causing the syndrome, and why it might be a bigger deal than you light think.
What Causes White Coat Syndrome?
Whether it’s the tightening of the arm-cuff or the fear of a potential diagnosis, the anxiety brought on by anticipation can be enough to raise your blood pressure. Those who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety are more likely to suffer from White Coat Hypertension.
Your symptoms may be the product of a true, honest-to-goodness fear of having your blood pressure taken. Though, if your White Coat Hypertension is the physical manifestation of a legitimate phobia, the effects will extend beyond the doctor’s office and your experience will be the same every time your blood pressure is taken regardless of the setting.
Is White Coat Hypertension a Concern?
You might be thinking, “So what if my blood pressure is a little high for a few minutes while I’m at the doctors office? Its fine the rest of the time so it can’t be that big of a deal…”
While White Coat Hypertension is largely nothing to worry about, it can be an early-indicator of potential future problems. In other words, if a doctor’s office visit can stress you out to the point of physical symptoms, it’s not a far leap to assume that you experience those same symptoms with other day-to-day stressors like work or family (you just normally don’t have a blood pressure cuff on at Thanksgiving dinner to prove it).
How to You Overcome White Coat Hypertension?
Practice relaxation techniques
While you can try some more advanced breathing techniques or deep meditation, you can also keep it simple by focusing something other than the blood pressure test. For example, try counting things in the room (3 things you can see, 2 you can hear, 1 you can touch) or even wiggling your toes. And while you may be inclined to keep your mind off things by chatting about that super cute thing your dog did this morning, talking while getting your blood pressure taken can actually raise it by a few points. So maybe hold that thought until after the reading is done.
Try 4-7-8 Breathing
Simply breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds, and repeat that cycle 4 times. Not only will your mind be focused on something else, but this breathing pattern will actively tame your body’s the fight-or-flight response and cool your body’s natural inflammatory reaction to your stress hormones.
Try to complete this cycle before your blood pressure is taken, not just during.
Request a quiet room
Next time you call to make an appointment. ask for a quieter exam room that’s more out of the way of all of the hustle-and-bustle of the office where you just might be able to forget where you are. Out of earshot, out of mind—it’s so simple it just might work for you!
Take a brisk 15-20 min walk
While some light exercise may seem counterintuitive, a short walk is enough to help you start rhythmic breathing which actually decreases blood pressure by calming the body’s stress response similar to the breathing technique above (but with the added fun of walking).
Side note: 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week works wonders for the heart in general, so if you can get into a routine that allows for that level of physical activity you just might get to enjoy these effects more long-term.
Drink a glass of water
Another simple one is to simply drink a glass of water. Not only does water have a calming effect on the nervous system, but it flushes out sodium which is a known cause of higher-than-preferred blood pressure.
Just grab a big ol’ glass of water and try your best to chug it down. Taking little sips is fine if you’re just trying to stay hydrated, but in your effort to lower your blood pressure you’re going to want to intake a lot at once. (Then after your appointment we suggest visiting the restroom before getting in the car and driving home. Just trust us on that step.)
Eat a banana
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a banana per se, any potassium-rich food can do the trick. More than just an element on the periodic table, potassium is a fun little electrolyte that helps control blood flow and heartbeat (no big deal).
Technically you can take potassium supplements, but those can take WEEKS to have a significant affect on blood pressure, whereas eating a banana, some cooked spinach or broccoli, or a sweet potato can show a positive effects in just 1-2 hours.
Watch what you eat before your doctor’s visit
You can’t undo a lifetime of diet choices in an afternoon, but you can avoid especially fatty meals filled with sodium for at least two days before your appointment. Bonus points if you also refrain from smoking for at least 1 hour prior to your appointment.
Take a nap before your doctor’s visit
A solid power nap lasting up to an hour (but no longer) can reduce strain and pressure on the heart. So if you’re at home before your appointment enjoy a little extra shut-eye, and if you’re at work, just tell your boss you’re taking a prescription nap—doctor’s orders 😉
Make your appointment for later in the day
Did you know your blood pressure is likely to be higher in the morning? By simply scheduling an appointment in the afternoon, you may experience lower blood pressure without having to do anything else.
If all else fails, try drinking 20oz. of beet juice
While this may not be something you were expecting to see on our list, a tall glass of beet juice might just be the thing you didn’t know you were missing. You see, beet juice contains nitrate, a component that dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow, both of which aid in lowering blood pressure. Results can show in under an hour, with a significant reduction in blood pressure about 2.5 hours after the beet juice consumption. You can’t beet that!
90,000 Putin expressed concern about the build-up of NATO forces near the borders of Russia :: Politics :: RBK
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Russia is concerned about the build-up of NATO military capabilities and infrastructure near the Russian borders.Russian President Vladimir Putin said this at the Moscow Conference on International Security, the Kremlin press service reports.
“Of course, we cannot but be concerned about the ongoing build-up of NATO’s military capabilities and infrastructure near the Russian borders,” Putin said. He also noted that the North Atlantic Alliance refuses to dialogue on de-escalation of tensions and reduce the risk of unpredictable incidents.
“We hope that common sense and the desire to develop constructive relations with us will eventually prevail,” the president added.
Russia urged the United States not to practice the war in the Black Sea
From June 28 to July 10, the Sea Breeze military exercises will be held in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine, in which 32 countries will take part.The exercises will involve 5,000 military personnel. 32 ships, 40 aircraft, according to the press service of the US Department of Defense. The sixth US Navy Fleet will participate in the exercise.
New mutations of coronavirus from the United States cause concern | World Events – Estimates and Forecasts from Germany and Europe | DW
Since a more thorough sequencing is carried out with the help of a coronavirus test, that is, a genetic study of its structure, mutations of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus have been increasingly determined.Most of them don’t really matter. But there are several options that are worrying researchers and officials in charge of fighting the pandemic. This is because these mutations are sometimes more infectious and spread more rapidly regionally, and existing vaccines provide less effective protection against them.
After the detection of the British, South African and Brazilian mutations of the coronavirus in the United States, two more alarming new variants were discovered that were clearly not brought in from the outside, but developed domestically.
New variants of the virus spread rapidly
Several countries have tightened border controls due to fear of the spread of new variants of the virus
In November 2020, researchers first identified a mutation in New York, which they named B.1.526. Since then, this option has quickly spread in the metropolis as well as in the northern regions of the United States. By mid-February, it was found in 12 percent of all sequenced samples in New York. This New York version has already penetrated other countries, such as Denmark.
The California coronavirus mutation, first discovered back in July 2020, is also spreading extremely fast: today, two similar types B.1.427 and B.1.429 of the California variant can be found in about a quarter of gene-sequenced samples in California.
What is known about the two American variants?
There is still no reliable data on these two American mutations. The California variant of CAL.20C is said to be more infectious than the original virus, with infected swabs showing roughly double the viral load compared to SARS-CoV-2.
The California variant of the virus is less contagious than the British mutation
However, the California mutation is less contagious than the British variant B.1.1.7, which is currently spreading in many countries, including Germany. In addition, existing vaccines are expected to show a smaller but still sufficient effect against the California variant.
The New York mutation of the B.1.526 virus is similar to the South African variant of B.1.351, which has already been found in over 40 countries, and the Brazilian variant of P.1 and P.2, which has spread to no less than 20 countries around the world, and more recently to the UK. It is unclear if it is actually more contagious or dangerous, and how effective existing vaccines are against it.
New software helps you in your search
You can only find appropriate variants of a virus if you know what to look for. Although the SARS-CoV-2 gene is now known to mankind, but with its 29,903 bases, it is too long to quickly identify those variants that could make the virus more infectious.
This is what the coronavirus looks like in an electron microscope
New mutations were found using software called VDB (“Variant Database”), which was developed by a team led by Pamela Bjorkman from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. It focuses on changes in the area of spike proteins (S-protein, “spike” – Ed. ).
Presumably dangerous mutation E484K, which is present as in South African variant B.1.351, and in the Brazilian version of P.1, changes the receptor-binding domain of the S-protein, namely in this region the antibodies attack with the strongest neutralizing effect.
Cause for concern, but not for panic
Spike squirrel tip is also modified in New York version B.1.526. And that, too, made everyone nervous at first, epidemiologist Wafaa El-Sadr of Columbia University told German media company ARD. “These changes may mean that the spike protein can anchor better.Or that the virus can multiply faster. Or that the antibodies produced by existing vaccines will not be able to combat this variant of the coronavirus, “she said.
Until detailed data on US variants are available, much remains speculation and there is cause for concern, but not for panic. “said Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.” Is this mutation spreading faster? Could your illness be more severe? Does the vaccine decrease in effectiveness? We don’t have proof yet, “he says.
What vaccines humanity is vaccinated against coronavirus
BioNTech / Pfizer: the beginning of the mRNA revolution
the roots of Ugur Shahin and his wife Ozlem Tyurechi. Their firm BioNTech from Mainz entered into an alliance with the American giant Pfizer, and the vaccine began to be called “Pfizer’s” vaccine. 2 billion doses will be released in 2021.The media started talking about a “revolution” in pharmaceuticals, since the first mRNA vaccine was created.
What vaccines mankind is vaccinated against coronavirus
Moderna: originally from Harvard University
The American biotechnology company Moderna also specializes in RNA technologies, which are considered a new word in medicine. Its headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard University, whose scientists founded the firm in 2010.The Moderna vaccine, created with financial support from the authorities, became the second registered in the US and the EU at the turn of 2020-21.
What vaccines mankind is vaccinated against coronavirus
AstraZeneca has an “Oxford vaccine”
Oxford University scientists have entered into an alliance with the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca for clinical trials and production of their vaccine. It provides a significant amount of vaccination for UK residents, fulfills a large EU order and actively works with developing countries, because the “Oxford vaccine” has a very low price.So, in India it is produced for the local market and for export.
What vaccines mankind is vaccinated against coronavirus
“Sputnik V”: the very first registration
In August 2020, Russia announced that it was the first in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine called Sputnik V. Mass vaccination of the Russian population officially began in January 2021. This vector vaccine, developed by scientists from the Moscow Gamaleya Center, is being promoted to foreign markets by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).The picture shows the arrival of the first batch in Bolivia.
What vaccines are used to vaccinate humanity against the coronavirus
Sinovac: a quiet competitor from China
Without unnecessary noise and detailed reports on the results of clinical trials, China has developed at least three vaccines. One of them, created on the basis of an inactivated (killed) coronavirus, was tested by Sinovac Biotech in several Asian countries, including Indonesia, which then purchased it.To set an example for his compatriots, the country’s president, Joko Widodo, was the first to be vaccinated.
What vaccines mankind is vaccinated against coronavirus
CureVac: printer for vaccines from Tesla
Registration of the second German mRNA vaccine is still postponed: it is not effective enough, CureVac, which has entered into an alliance with Bayer, reported in June 2021. This thwarts a plan to make it right in clinics around the world. A sample of a mobile printer created by his German subsidiary Tesla Grohmann was demonstrated by Elon Musk (center) to the Bundestag in the summer of 2020.
What vaccines are used to vaccinate humanity against coronavirus
Sanofi: two failures and aid to the European Union
The French pharmaceutical company Sanofi is one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers. But this time it failed twice: neither a joint development with the British GlaxoSmithKline, nor an attempt to create an mRNA vaccine have so far yielded the desired result. To help provide EU countries, its Frankfurt am Main plant (pictured) will release 125 million doses of BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine in the summer.
What vaccines the humanity is vaccinated against the coronavirus
Johnson & Johnson: one dose is enough
One of the six manufacturers of vaccines against coronavirus, with which the EU has signed preliminary supply agreements, is the American corporation Johnson & Johnson. Her vector vaccine only requires one vaccine, not two, and is stored in conventional refrigerators. For the EU, the vaccine, registered on March 11, 2021, will be produced by the corporation’s Belgian subsidiary, Janssen.
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90,000 Merkel expressed concern to Johnson because of the full stands at Wembley :: Euro 2020 :: RBC Sport
The German Chancellor fears the spread of a new strain of COVID-19.According to Angela Merkel, letting spectators into the stands in such numbers is risky
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was skeptical about the idea of holding the European Football Championship matches at the filled Wembley Stadium in London.In her opinion, this could lead to the spread of a more infectious delta strain of coronavirus in Europe.
“We in Germany, as you know, decided that fewer people would attend games at the Munich stadium. The UK government will obviously make its own decision. But I am very worried, is it not too much, “said Merkel at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, quoted by The Guardian.
More than 60 thousand people will be able to attend the Euro final at Wembley.human
Last week, the UK government announced that more than 60,000 spectators will be able to attend the semifinals and final of the European Championship, which will be held in London. The total capacity of Wembley Stadium, which will host the final games of the European Championship, is 90,000.human. Thus, the stadium can be more than three-quarters full. All visitors will be required to comply with strict security measures, authorities said.
Earlier, The Times reported about the threat to deprive the British capital of the Euro 2020 final due to the possible exclusion of VIPs from the UK due to coronavirus restrictions. UEFA has warned that the final will be taken away from London if the quarantine is not lifted for 2,500 officials.
German Interior Minister criticized UEFA for a large number of fans at Euro
The final of the European Championship will be held on July 11, the semi-finals – on July 6-7.Earlier, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer criticized UEFA’s decision to let more spectators into the stands, calling it irresponsible.
On June 29, England beat Germany 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus at a recent briefing called the delta strain “the most infectious variant so far identified” of COVID-19. It has already spread to over 90 countries.
Delta (B.1.617.2) is a new variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus (the causative agent of COVID-19), first discovered in India at the end of last year. Following India, which took the brunt of the blow, Great Britain has already been seriously affected by the delta option. There, it has recently become the dominant strain, surpassing its native alpha variant, which was first discovered in the country last fall. The delta strain now accounts for over 90% of new cases in Britain.
Recently a new strain has also appeared in India – “delta plus”.In Europe, it has not yet spread, but isolated cases are recorded, including in Russia.
90,000 Stress and Anxiety – New York’s Hope Copes With COVID-19 Project
Anxiety is a product of stress and includes the experience of worry.Periodic restlessness is an expected part of life. In fact, it is great to be anxious from time to time. Mild anxiety before the interview helps us prepare and stay alert. However, anxiety can be more intense and impair our day-to-day functioning, whether it is how we relate to loved ones, work at work, or simply carry out daily activities.
Anxiety prepares us for perceived or real danger, and stress is a response.Our brain responds by sending a stress response throughout the body. We become more alert, our breathing, heart rate and blood pressure increase, digestion slows down, and our muscles tighten in preparation for the fight-or-flight response. Some stress responses are short-lived and have little impact, while others are serious and emotionally painful. Although stress has become an important response, prolonged stress and anxiety can cause what is known as traumatic stress.
Experiencing a national catastrophe such as the coronavirus pandemic has severely damaged daily life. . In addition, it can heighten existing feelings of stress and anxiety and trigger new ones. This disaster is unique in that it is not a one-time event. It continues. The pandemic has brought about daily changes in our perception of life. For some, this meant losing their jobs, wearing a mask when leaving the house, habitually washing hands and disinfecting, and not being able to visit their friends and family… and even the loss of a loved one due to the virus or related medical complications. Not everyone has the same response to the same traumatic event. Our genetic makeup, previous experience, coping skills, and support systems have a huge impact on how we can survive such an event.
Common signs and symptoms of anxiety, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, include:
90,000 treatment, how to get rid of anxiety, how to deal with anxiety without a reason
Anxiety is a negatively colored mood with feelings of anxiety, tension, and fear.In moderation, such emotions are useful: they help to mobilize strength and find a way out of extreme situations. But there must be reason for concern, and normally it lasts for a limited period of time.
If a person constantly experiences feelings of anxiety and anxiety for no reason, this may indicate the presence of a mental disorder. In the absence of help, constant stress wears out the nervous system and the body as a whole, which leads to a breakdown in adaptation mechanisms and the development of chronic diseases.
If you notice that you cannot relax for a long time, then you should think about a visit to a specialist.
In pathological cases, the state of anxiety and anxiety without a reason manifests itself in both mental and physical signs.
- constant feeling of fear and excitement for no reason,
- poor concentration and attention,
- sleep disturbances,
- emotional lability, irritability, tearfulness,
- inability to relax and fully engage in daily activities or communication,
- the need to reassure other people that everything is in order.At the same time, words of support do not bring relief.
- rapid breathing and heart rate,
- headaches, pains in the abdomen and in the region of the heart,
- excessive sweating,
- eating disorders: increased appetite or loss of appetite,
- trembling, chills,
- stool disorders: increased urge, constipation,
- feeling short of breath,
- muscle cramps and pain.
Unreasonable anxiety and anxiety from time to time increase or decrease. Exacerbations often accompany stress: conflicts, important events, illness. Normally, a person quickly recovers after resolving the situation, but with a disorder, negative emotions do not pass.
The intensity of anxiety ranges from mild to severe. The extreme is panic. If the anxiety state is ignored for a long time without a reason, then panic attacks can join it.They overtake unexpectedly and sometimes without a sufficiently good reason, but after this episode, a person begins to avoid situations similar to the one in which it happened: public transport, an elevator, or just a crowd of people. This greatly reduces the quality of life and can lead to social exclusion.
Causes of Unreasonable Anxiety and Anxiety
The appearance of anxiety disorder is influenced by heredity. It was found that some brain structures and features of biological processes play an important role in the occurrence of fear and anxiety.Personal characteristics, physical health problems, lifestyle and different types of addictions also matter. Sometimes, causeless anxiety and anxiety have no reasons. Negative feelings usually have a trigger – an event or thought that triggers an anxious response. However, most people are unaware of their triggers and believe that their emotions are unfounded. In this case, only a specialist will help to understand why anxiety arises for no reason.
There are a number of conditions that are symptomatic of persistent anxiety.With unreasonable fear and anxiety, the reasons may be as follows:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Constant nervousness and anxiety about little things that are usually visible to others and last 6 months or more. It begins in adolescence and increases with age.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive thoughts and fears accompanied by compulsive actions that do not bring relief. They distinguish obsessive-compulsive neurosis – a person is indomitably pursued by memories that reproduce a traumatic situation.
- Phobias: irrational fear of any, even ordinary, things. It is accompanied by uncontrolled panic and physical manifestations.
- Panic attack – a painful and sudden attack of panic, which is accompanied by fear of death and vivid somatic symptoms. Regular occurrence of panic attacks means the development of panic disorder.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Occurs after a severe traumatic situation and is associated with high levels of anxiety, avoidance, and flashbacks.
These are the most common examples, but morbid anxiety can be a symptom of other disorders or a failure to cope with stress. If you want to understand why feelings of anxiety arise for no reason, you should see your doctor. Without finding out the main factor and working on it, it is impossible to restore health and peace of mind.
What to do in case of unreasonable anxiety and worry
It’s hard to live in constant stress. If you are experiencing unreasonable anxiety and fear of what to do, the following list will tell you:
- Talk to someone you trust.This could be a relative, close friend, therapist, or helpline. People are social creatures, so communication is a good way to relieve inner tension.
- Find a way to calm down quickly. There is not always a person with whom to share. Therefore, it is important to find the right method to help you relax: breathing techniques, soothing music, aromatherapy, self-massage, and more. If you cannot independently choose a technique that quickly helps in case of anxiety without a reason, a specialist will tell you what to do.
- Add physical activity to your life. It is a natural and effective remedy for anxiety. Moderate exercise relieves stress, lowers stress hormones and strengthens the nervous system. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
- Normalization of lifestyle. Get enough sleep, eat well, give up bad habits. It stabilizes physical performance and neurotransmitter levels, which helps maintain emotional balance.
- Start journaling. Notes can help you identify patterns of exacerbations of anxiety, understand causes, and spot early signs of anxiety. Also, thanks to this, you will become more focused on positive events that you might not have noticed before.
With excitement for no reason, everyone who regularly encounters this wants to know what to do. There is no universal method, but the 5 steps listed above are recommended for everyone with increased anxiety.This may be enough to alleviate symptoms. But if self-help techniques do not give the desired effect, then with a regularly occurring feeling of anxiety for no reason, what to do you need to find out from a specialist.
Treatment of unreasonable feelings of anxiety and anxiety
Regardless of the cause of pathological anxiety, professional help is the only complete method of eliminating the problem. If you have constant excitement and anxiety for no reason how to get rid of this condition quickly and effectively, you will learn from a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.
Due to the variety of anxiety disorders, their therapy should be adapted to the individual clinical picture and diagnosis. Therefore, only a highly qualified specialist who has experience working with different types of anxiety states can tell you how to get rid of an anxiety state for no reason. For example, the treatment algorithm for a patient with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is different from that for panic attacks.
For anxiety and anxiety without a cause, treatment includes the following approaches:
- Psychotherapy.The most promising direction, which not only eliminates the symptom, but identifies the cause and fights against it. Therapy teaches, when feeling anxiety for no reason, how to get rid of acute attacks of anxiety, relax, and look at life situations differently. Your doctor can help you uncover the root causes of your fears and work through them. The patient receives the tools for overcoming anxiety and uses them successfully. Usually, cognitive-behavioral therapy is used: in the course of treatment, the patient is faced with an object of concern and gradually gains confidence that he can control the situation.
Drug therapy. Antidepressants, sedatives, sleeping pills, and other medications may be prescribed depending on the type of anxiety and the presence of associated mental or physical health problems. When anxiety is felt without a cause, treatment with drugs will help alleviate symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life during his psychotherapeutic work on the root cause. Uncontrolled intake of medications leads to dangerous side effects and withdrawal symptoms, so they can only be used according to the individual course prescribed by the doctor.
It is recommended to use a combination of psychotherapeutic and drug treatment, but sometimes only the first is sufficient.
You should not postpone visiting your doctor if you feel that your worries are interfering with your life. Over time, the symptoms worsen and other severe mental illnesses join: depression, neurotic disorders, and more. If the normalization of the lifestyle does not help, it means that you will understand how to get rid of unreasonable anxiety only from a psychotherapist.With timely referral to a competent specialist, only a few sessions of psychotherapy may be sufficient for recovery.
Thanks to modern psychotherapeutic approaches, hundreds of people make great strides every day in the fight against anxiety disorders. You do not need to endure the painful burden of fear and anxiety, because timely assistance allows you to achieve excellent results: the patient will fully recover and return to a full life, and the improvement will be noticeable after the first session.
Bloomberg learned about the growing concern of the Kremlin over the possible defeat of Trump in the elections
The Russian authorities are increasingly worried about the possible defeat of Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections in the United States, sources close to the country’s leadership told Bloomberg. According to them, Russia is trying to determine what implications such a voting outcome will have on sensitive issues of nuclear weapons, relations with China and sanctions.
In Moscow, Kremlin and Security Council analysts are working overtime to work out scenarios for a possible presidency of Trump’s rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, the agency said.The victory of the Democratic candidate may even become one of the reasons for the postponement of the parliamentary elections in Russia, a source close to the Kremlin told Bloomberg. In this case, according to him, the vote will be shifted to spring in order to be in time before the introduction of new sanctions by the replaced American administration.
The Kremlin’s hostility towards Biden dates back to his arrival in Moscow in 2011 as vice president, when he told opposition leaders that Putin, then prime minister, should not be re-nominated as head of state, Bloomberg writes.Such an insult is not quickly forgotten, a source close to the Kremlin told the agency. In addition, the Russian leadership is enjoying the opportunity to switch roles with Washington after decades of what the Kremlin sees as attempts to manipulate Russian politics, a source close to the authorities said.
The US Senate spoke about the financial ties of Joe Biden’s son with Elena Baturina
At the same time, American politics has become so polarized that Russia does not really need to intervene and invent new contradictions, a senior British intelligence official told Bloomberg.
Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in mid-September that Russia “did not interfere, does not interfere and does not intend to interfere in anyone’s internal affairs or in anyone’s electoral processes.” “And we really don’t like it when others try to interfere in our affairs,” he noted (quoted by Interfax).
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90,000 Fake news from Russia causes both a smile and anxiety
Which books are bought more often in Latvia – about Harry Potter or about Adolf Hitler? According to the Kremlin mouthpieces, they sell more about Hitler.This is one of the fake news that was announced in Europe in 2018.
Russia was reported to have been actively spreading fake news last year, targeting almost all of Europe. Particular attention was paid to Germany, Ukraine and the Baltic countries. Lithuanian experts fighting fake news say such attacks will continue this year. Especially against the backdrop of the upcoming elections.
Ricardas Savukinas, who is engaged in the fight against Russian propaganda, noted that the news that the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Klaipeda, but it did not explode, made him smile.
“We are embarrassed by a sense of morality, a sense of truth. We understand that we cannot lie, there must be justice. It does not bother them. They systematically raise such people. If you recall the KGB, the KGB created just such methods,” Savukinas said.
Among the fake news of 2018, which caused the greatest resonance, elements of Nazism prevail. Germany and Poland have repeatedly been the targets of such news. Kremlin mouthpieces discussed the migration crisis.
Ukraine was also accused of Nazism. In November, during a televised discussion in Russia, participants claimed that Ukraine considered Hitler a national hero. This news was picked up by many mouthpieces of the Kremlin.
What is the connection between Potter and Hitler? The famous magician can only bow his head – the Kremlin propagandists have calculated that in Latvia Hitler’s book “My Struggle” (Mein Kampf) is much more popular than the adventures of Harry Potter. Information was also disseminated more than once that it was forbidden to travel to the Baltic countries, otherwise the Russians would finance Nazism.
Experts point out that the activities of the so-called Kremlin trolls may become more active in social networks. Especially on the eve of the elections. ru.DELFI.lt