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Blood pressure medication improves COVID-19 survival rates
New research finds that medication for high blood pressure could improve Covid-19 survival rates and reduce the severity of infection. Researchers studied 28,000 patients taking antihypertensives - a class of drugs that are used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). They found that the risk of severe Covid-19 illness and death was reduced for patients with high blood pressure who were taking Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB). (2020-08-23)

Mount Sinai study finds COVID patients were most commonly readmitted to hospital for respiratory complications
Study describes characteristics of patients with COVID-19 who returned to the ER or required readmission to the hospital within 14 days of being discharged (2020-08-21)

High blood pressure during pregnancy associated with more bothersome menopause symptoms
Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are at an increased risk for chronic hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, and early cardiovascular death. A new study suggests that they may also be at risk for more bothersome menopause symptoms, including hot flashes. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). (2020-08-19)

High blood pressure and salt, anti-aging factor Klotho key
The mechanism behind salt-intake and hypertension has been elucidated for the first time, through vascular non-canonical Wnt5a/RhoA under Klotho deficiency. (2020-08-19)

Maternal obesity and the risk of early-onset hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
Pregnant obese women were more at risk of experiencing early and late-onset hypertensive disorders, and that risk progressively increased in women with higher body mass indexes (BMI), according to a study led by researchers at UTHealth. (2020-08-12)

Treatment option improves chances of survival for babies with rare cerebrovascular disorder
Endovascular treatment of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation (VGAM) in babies with severe pulmonary hypertension can improve chances of survival, according to a study released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting. The study, Outcomes of Endovascular Treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation in Neonates, evaluated data from 52 surgery patients with VGAMs at the Meshalkin National Medical Research Center. Eleven of these patients were younger than 10 days when surgery was performed. (2020-08-07)

Rheumatoid arthritis linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes
A recent analysis of a US commercial insurance database found that adults with rheumatoid arthritis had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than other individuals, including those with other types of arthritis. (2020-08-05)

Arrhythmia-free survival is indeed survival of the fittest
In a new study, investigators report that patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, who are physically fit before the procedure, have a much higher chance of benefiting from the procedure and remaining in normal sinus rhythm. Less fit patients are rehospitalized more often, continue to use antiarrhythmic therapies longer, and have higher death rates than fitter patients. Their results appear in Heart Rhythm. (2020-08-03)

Researchers find increase in comorbidities among hospitalized patients with heart failure
Melissa Caughey, PhD, instructor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the senior author of a recently published study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF. (2020-07-30)

Casting a wider net to catch more cases of pulmonary hypertension
Investigators took an evidence-based approach to determine the lower end of the risk spectrum for PH based on pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), which is resistance against blood flow from the pulmonary artery to the lungs. (2020-07-28)

L-type calcium channel blockers may contribute to heart failure, study finds
Researchers found that in rats and human cells in vitro, LCCBs cause changes in blood vessels -- known as vascular remodeling -- that reduce blood flow and increase pressure. Examining epidemiological data, the team also found that LCCBs are associated with a greater risk for heart failure. The findings suggest that care should be taken when prescribing these drugs to patients, particularly older adults and those with advanced hypertension. (2020-07-23)

Fusion protein holds promise for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension
In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers illuminate the underlying biological pathways that may lead to vessel destruction in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Their results provide a biological explanation for why proteins called activins and growth and differentiation factors (GDFs) might contribute to pulmonary vascular disease, and provide an explanation of how the activin/GDF-blocking drug sotatercept, currently in clinical trials, may help treat patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. (2020-07-21)

Regular exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, even in areas of high air pollution
Regular physical activity is a healthy way to prevent and reduce high blood pressure, even in places where pollution levels are relatively high. Air pollution increases high blood pressure risk, yet it does not outweigh the benefits of physical activity on high blood pressure prevention. Addressing air pollution remains important for high blood pressure prevention. (2020-07-20)

Lifetime discrimination and greater risk of high blood pressure in African Americans
Experiences of discrimination over a lifetime is associated with high blood pressure in African American adults, according to findings published this month in the journal Hypertension from researchers at the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health. (2020-07-17)

COVID-19 and the heart: Searching for the location of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor
Nearly 20% of COVID-19-associated deaths are from cardiac complications, yet the mechanisms from which these complications arise have remained a topic of debate in the cardiology community. One hypothesis centers on the infection of the heart itself. To address this, MMRI Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan Tucker, in collaboration with the Broad Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and Bayer US, report the distribution of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor in a manuscript published in Circulation. (2020-07-14)

Women taking beta blockers for hypertension may have higher risk of heart failure with acute coronary syndrome
Women have historically been underrepresented in past clinical research, raising concerns about their use of beta blockers as a treatment for hypertension. Women with high blood pressure treated with beta blockers may have a higher risk of developing heart failure than men when they present to the hospital with acute coronary syndrome. More research is needed to determine the reasons why men and women react differently to beta blocker treatment. (2020-07-13)

Black individuals at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, according to new research
Results of an analysis published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society found that Black individuals were twice as likely as White individuals to test positive for COVID-19. The average age of all participants in the study was 46. However, those infected were on average 52 years old, compared to those who tested negative, who were 45 years old on average. (2020-07-09)

Common hypertension medications may reduce colorectal cancer risk
People who take angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-i) or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for conditions such as high blood pressure were less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer after having a normal colonoscopy. This is the first study to show potential benefits on colorectal cancer development from these commonly prescribed hypertension medications, based on a study of more than 185,000 patients. (2020-07-06)

Diabetic nephropathy: Study results on proteomic analysis do not show benefit
First study on a treatment strategy using a proteomic analysis does not clarify which therapeutic consequence of the test could offer a benefit for people with diabetes and high blood pressure. (2020-07-06)

Lifetime discrimination may increase risk of hypertension among African Americans
A study of African Americans in Mississippi shows an association between experiencing discrimination over a lifetime and developing hypertension (also referred to as high blood pressure). African Americans who reported medium and high levels of lifetime discrimination, compared to those who reported low lifetime discrimination, had a higher risk for hypertension. (2020-07-01)

Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy more likely to develop heart disease
Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to develop heart disease and heart failure in later life, according to an international team of researchers. (2020-07-01)

Blood pressure connected to eye health in young children
Children with impaired microvascular health developed higher systolic blood pressure over the course of a four-year study. Narrowing of retinal arteries in children who began the study with normal blood pressure predicted development of high blood pressure during early childhood. (2020-06-29)

PCR State-of-the-art lecture on 'The resurgence of renal denervation'
Renal denervation (RDN) represents a device-based hypertension treatment intended to lower sympathetic activity. Only a few years ago, RDN was written off as ineffective after results of the sham-controlled SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial failed to confirm early trials' reports of significant BP reductions in patients resistant to guideline- based combination drug therapy. (2020-06-25)

Transgenic rice lowers blood pressure of hypertensive rats
In the future, taking your blood pressure medication could be as simple as eating a spoonful of rice. This 'treatment' could also have fewer side effects than current blood pressure medicines. As a first step, researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have made transgenic rice that contains several anti-hypertensive peptides. When given to hypertensive rats, the rice lowered their blood pressure. (2020-06-24)

Females use anti-inflammatory T cells to keep their blood pressure down
In the face of a multipronged front to drive blood pressure up, including a high-salt diet, females are better able to keep their pressure down by increasing levels of a T cell that selectively dials back inflammation, scientists say. (2020-06-23)

Obesity linked to higher dementia risk
Obesity is associated with a higher risk of dementia up to 15 years later, finds a new UCL study suggesting that weight management could play a significant role in reducing risk. (2020-06-23)

Not smoking and being socially active keys to longevity
University of Otago researchers have discovered some of the secrets to longevity with new research revealing not smoking and being social engaged throughout older age are common traits of New Zealand centenarians. (2020-06-17)

New technical approach can enhance diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension
The management and prognosis of pulmonary hypertension heavily relies on whether the pathology is localized in pulmonary arteries or veins. In particular, at early stages, it is challenging to distinguish pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) from the rare subtype of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) because clinical presentations of PAH and PVOD can be similar. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology, published by Elsevier, reports gene expression analysis of lung explant tissue can accurately differentiate PAH from PVOD. (2020-06-15)

Overactive enzyme causes hereditary hypertension
After more than 40 years, several teams at the MDC and ECRC have now made a breakthrough discovery with the help of two animal models: they have proven that an altered gene encoding the enzyme PDE3A causes an inherited form of high blood pressure. This could lead to new concepts for the treatment of hypertension. (2020-06-11)

High-salt diet impacts health of gut microbiome
Particularly in females with untreated hypertension, reducing salt intake to what's considered a healthier level appears to be good for both their gut microbiome and their blood pressure, scientists report. (2020-06-09)

Uncuffing nitric oxide production: Beta-arrestin2 complexes regulate NO levels
In a new report, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have uncovered one of the mechanisms regulating the production of nitric oxide (NO) in liver endothelial cells. A protein complex, centered around beta-arrestin2, modulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity and may provide a novel therapeutic target to restore NO production following liver injury. (2020-06-04)

High blood pressure linked to increased risk of dying from COVID-19
Patients with raised blood pressure have a two-fold increased risk of dying from the coronavirus COVID-19 compared to patients without high blood pressure, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. In addition, the study found that patients with high blood pressure who were not taking medication to control the condition were at even greater risk of dying from COVID-19. (2020-06-04)

A single negative colonoscopy associated with long-lasting and significantly reduced cancer incidence
Having a single negative high-quality screening colonoscopy was associated with reduced colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality (by 84% and 90%, respectively) for up to 17.4 years. These findings suggest that the currently recommended 10-year screening interval could safely be extended. Findings from an observational study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2020-05-25)

NUI Galway research show blood pressure lowering reduces risk of developing dementia
Research completed in NUI Galway has shown that lowering blood pressure by taking blood pressure medications reduces the risk of developing dementia and cognitive impairment by 7%. The findings are published today in a leading international medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2020-05-21)

High blood pressure during and after exercise may be markers for disease later in life
Higher blood pressure during exercise and delayed blood pressure recovery after exercise are associated with a higher risk of hypertension, preclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease and death among middle-aged to older adults. (2020-05-20)

Enhancement of bitter taste sensor reduces salt intake and improves cardiovascular dysfunction
Researchers from China for the first time found long-term high salt intake blunted the TRPM5-mediated aversive behavior to high salt concentrations, consequently promoting high salt intake and hypertension. Moreover, they also found that activation of TRPM5 by bitter melon extract ameliorates high salt-induced cardiovascular dysfunction. (2020-05-15)

One-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for treating hypertension in pregnancy
Treatment guidelines for hypertension in pregnancy suggest that more women should be on medication to control their blood pressure. However, new research led by the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CH√ČOS) suggests that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work when it comes to women's treatment decisions during pregnancy. (2020-05-11)

Effects of antioxidant rich Indo-Mediterranean foods on pre-heart failure
This study aimed to examine the effects of functional foods, omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoid-rich diets in patients with a high risk of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) with reference to Heart Failure (HF). (2020-05-11)

International Society of Hypertension release global practice guidelines
High blood pressure (hypertension) is the leading cause of death in the world affecting more than 1.4 billion people and accounting for more than 28,000 deaths each day. Today, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) has released the 'ISH 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines' to help reduce the burden of this significant health threat affecting people from every country and socio-economic group. (2020-05-06)

Intensive blood pressure control has potential to reduce risk of atrial fibrillation
Intensive blood pressure control may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat that can lead to serious complications such as stroke, heart failure and heart attacks, according to scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine. (2020-05-04)

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