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Researchers find high blood pressure link
The age a woman begins menstruation is associated with having high blood pressure later in her life, according to a team of researchers at the University of Georgia. (2019-03-07)

Does intensive blood pressure control reduce the risk of dementia?
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are projected to affect 115 million people worldwide by 2050. There are currently no proven treatments to reduce the risk of dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). High blood pressure (hypertension) has been identified as a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia and MCI in observational studies. (2019-01-28)

ACP and AAFP release new hypertension recommendations
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have published an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the appropriate systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) target for adults 60 years old and older with hypertension. (2017-01-16)

Americans with a college education live longer without dementia and Alzheimer's
The prevention of chronic diseases associated with increased risk of dementia will not reduce the number of Americans with dementia in the coming decades, but developing a treatment that delays onset will significantly reduce the burden of dementia. (2018-04-16)

Not enough women included in some heart disease clinical trials
Women are underrepresented in clinical trials for heart failure, coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndrome but proportionately or overrepresented in trials for hypertension, atrial fibrillation and pulmonary arterial hypertension, when compared to incidence or prevalence of women within each disease population, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2018-04-30)

Psoriasis linked with need for cardiovascular interventions in patients with hypertension
Psoriasis is linked with increased risks of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but its effect on the course of cardiovascular disease remains unknown. (2018-10-17)

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication
A research shows anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication. Among musical genres, classical music is the one with greatest efficiency at reducing arterial pressure; Brazilian authors of the study speculate whether music acts on the patients' parasympathetic system, increasing their capability of absorbing medication. (2018-04-16)

Study links type of blood pressure medication to increased variability and higher risk of death
Two types of blood pressure medications -- alpha blockers and alpha 2 agonist -- show increased variability in blood pressure measurements between doctor visits, which is associated with an increased risk of death, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. (2018-03-12)

Precision blood pressure measurement to improve heart health
A University of Queensland researcher is trialling new, cutting-edge technology for measuring blood pressure and the health of the heart. (2008-06-13)

Centralized population health coordinators improve care for patients with chronic disease
A centralized chronic disease management program produced significant improvements in the care of patients with diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease treated at practices in the Massachusetts General Hospital primary care network. (2017-12-12)

Professor Ute Scholl discovers genetic cause of rare high blood pressure syndrome
Twenty-five years ago, an unusual inherited form of high blood pressure was first described in an Australian family. Its genetic cause, however, had remained elusive. Using modern sequencing methods, an international research team led by BIH Johanna Quandt Professor Ute Scholl has succeeded in detecting mutations in a new disease gene (CLCN2) -- present in this family and seven others -- that are responsible for the development of a familial form of hyperaldosteronism. (2018-02-05)

With a broken circadian clock, even a low-salt diet can raise resting blood pressure, promote disease
In the face of a disrupted circadian rhythm, a low-salt diet and a hormone known to constrict blood vessels have the same unhealthy result: elevated resting blood pressure and vascular disease, scientists report. (2016-02-01)

Relaxation response may reduce blood pressure by altering expression of a set of genes
A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH identified genes associated with the body's response to relaxation techniques and sheds light on the molecular mechanisms by which these interventions may work to lower blood pressure. The findings were published today in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (2018-04-04)

Lowering blood pressure reduces risk of cognitive impairment
Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of early dementia, in a clinical trial led by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. (2019-01-28)

Do pain medications carry different heart risks?
Prior studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be linked with higher cardiovascular risks, but few have assessed potential different cardiovascular risk between NSAID classes or across individual NSAIDs. (2018-02-22)

Accurate measurements of sodium intake confirm relationship with mortality
Eating foods high in salt is known to contribute to high blood pressure, but does that linear relationship extend to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death? Recent cohort studies have contested that relationship, but a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and their colleagues using multiple measurements confirms it. (2018-06-21)

More intensive blood pressure therapy helps patients with type 2 diabetes regardless of cardiovascular risk
People with type 2 diabetes who received intensive treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 mm/Hg or below experienced fewer heart attacks, strokes and other diabetes complications. More intensive blood pressure treatment also reduced overall death from any cause, regardless of baseline measures of cardiovascular risk and blood pressure. Study findings may help reconcile conflicting guidelines for blood pressure management in people with type 2 diabetes. (2019-04-29)

Frequent sauna bathing keeps blood pressure in check
Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of elevated blood pressure, according to an extensive follow-up population-based study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The risk of developing elevated blood pressure was nearly 50 percent lower among men who had a sauna 4-7 times a week compared to men who had a sauna only once a week. These findings were published recently in the American Journal of Hypertension. (2017-09-29)

Hypertension found in children exposed to flower pesticides
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found higher blood pressure and pesticide exposures in children associated with a heightened pesticide spraying period around the Mother's Day flower harvest. This study involved boys and girls living near flower crops in Ecuador. (2019-05-22)

News from Dec. 23, 2014, Annals of Internal Medicine
The Dec. 23, 2014, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine includes 'Blood pressure drugs likely to prevent stroke and death in patients with mild hypertension' and 'Task force reviews evidence to update blood pressure screening recommendations.' (2014-12-22)

Pregnancy-related conditions taken together leave moms -- and dads -- at risk
Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal show that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had both diabetes and high blood pressure while being pregnant. The study doesn't end with the mother's risks. The father's risks also rise if the mother has one gestational condition and rises even higher if she has both. (2017-11-14)

Renowned cardiologist says new blood pressure guidelines not good for all
One of the nation's leading cardiologists is challenging the new hypertension guidelines, perhaps sparing up to 10 million people from unnecessarily aggressive blood pressure treatments. Houston Methodist's Dr. Robert A. Phillips and his colleagues say while patients at higher risk for cardiovascular disease benefited from the stricter guidelines, those with lower risk had more harm than benefit from the treatment recommendations. Their results appear March 7 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2018-03-07)

Genetic factors tied to obesity may protect against diabetes
Some genetic variations associated with obesity actually protect against Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, new findings suggest. (2018-11-02)

New China and US studies back use of pulse oximeters for assessing blood pressure
Fast and easy blood pressure monitoring could soon be at your fingertips -- literally -- thanks to new University of British Columbia research that showed BP can be assessed by a fingertip oximeter, a tool not generally used for that purpose. (2018-11-21)

CNIC scientists identify a promising target for the treatment of heart failure
The mitochondrial protease OMA1 is activated when the heart is stressed. Inhibition of OMA1 protects cardiomyocytes, preventing their death and the deterioration in heart function characteristic of heart failure, one of the main causes of death in the world. The study is published today in Science Translational Medicine and was conducted by researchers at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC). (2018-03-28)

Paramedic-run health sessions in low-income apartments reduced number of 911 calls, improved health
A community-based health promotion program developed by McMaster University that was offered by paramedics in low-income apartment buildings significantly reduced the number of 911 calls and improved quality of life for seniors, found a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-05-28)

Obesity-linked conditions are projected to rise sharply in children
Researchers' global estimates indicate that by 2025, some 268 million children aged 5 to 17 years may be overweight, including 91 million obese, assuming no policy interventions have proven effective at changing current trends. (2016-10-08)

Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure
A study of more than 17,000 US adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption -- seven to 13 drinks per week -- substantially raises one's risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-07)

Mayo Clinic researchers identify potential new therapy for liver diseases
Drug therapy may effectively treat a potentially life-threatening condition associated with cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers. (2019-03-22)

Surpassing critical blood pressure threshold could signal hypertension regardless of age
A new study supports updated blood pressure guidelines that redefine hypertension at a lower threshold. (2018-03-21)

Home monitoring confirms clinic diagnosis of high blood pressure
A US study found that home blood pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg or higher correspond to greater risk for cardiovascular complications. This is the first US data to confirm a home monitoring threshold that helps diagnose high blood pressure. (2018-10-29)

New tool predicts five-year risk of chronic kidney disease
A new risk calculator tool that uses a mix of variables including age, hypertension, and diabetes status can be used to predict accurately whether someone is likely to develop chronic kidney disease within five years. (2019-11-08)

Adult survivors of childhood cancer are more likely to develop high blood pressure
People who survived childhood cancer were more than twice as likely as the general population to have high blood pressure (hypertension) as adults. (2017-11-22)

CVIA special issue on adult congenital heart disease
The new journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published the first issue of Volume 3. This is a special issue on adult congenital heart disease with guest Editor Diego Moguillansky of the University of Florida Medical School. (2018-06-13)

Research suggests new pathways for hyperaldosteronism
Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains the development of hyperaldosteronism, a condition in which the adrenal glands produce too much aldosterone. The findings, published in JCI Insight, offer a path for drug discovery to treat the condition. (2017-12-07)

Erectile dysfunction drugs may help treat many other conditions
A new British Journal of Pharmacology review examines how phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, which were originally approved to treat erectile dysfunction, are finding clinical uses for a wide variety of conditions. (2018-04-19)

Blood pressure control best achieved with a multilevel, multicomponent approach
Current clinical guidelines recommend lower blood pressure targets for the general population, yet control remains elusive for most. A new study suggests that patients with hypertension can best achieve blood pressure control with a multilevel, multicomponent approach that includes physician- and non-physician-led interventions. The findings from a comparative effectiveness review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2017-12-25)

Intensive blood pressure can reduce risk of harm to heart muscle
A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has shown that aggressive lowering of blood pressure in people with hypertension reduced the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This condition, the enlargement and thickening of the walls of the heart's main pumping chamber, is the most common complication of high blood pressure and greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (2017-05-22)

Trips to the toilet at night are a sign of high blood pressure
Trips to the toilet at night are a sign of high blood pressure, according to results from the Watari study presented today at the 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS 2019). (2019-03-30)

Teens also at risk for organ damage from high blood pressure
Organ damage from high blood pressure doesn't only occur in adults; it can also happen in teenagers, according to research presented today at the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017 in San Francisco. (2017-09-17)

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