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Ohio State's Mehta leads AHA statement on cardiovascular disease in pregnancy
A new statement issued today by the American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to the management of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy and outlines heart care before, during and after pregnancy. (2020-05-04)

Long-term risks of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy impact more women
Twice as many women who experienced a hypertensive disorder during any of their pregnancies were at increased risk of developing heart or kidney diseases earlier in life based on incidence per woman versus per pregnancy, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (2020-05-04)

LSU Health study suggests nicotine exposure alone leads to pulmonary hypertension
A study conducted at LSU Health New Orleans has shown for the first time that chronic exposure to inhaled nicotine alone increases blood pressure in both the body's general circulation and in the lungs that can lead to pulmonary hypertension. The study also found that nicotine-induced pulmonary hypertension is accompanied by changes in the size, shape and function (remodeling) of the blood vessels in the lung and the right lower chamber of the heart. (2020-05-01)

Arteries respond in opposite ways for males and females
A protein known to expand blood vessels -- key to controlling conditions like high blood pressure -- actually has different functions in males and females, new UC Davis Health research shows. Conducted using arterial cells from mice, the study is the first to identify sex-based distinctions in how the protein -- Kv2.1 -- works. (2020-04-29)

Feeling the pressure: How blood vessels sense their environment
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba discovered that Thbs1 is a key extracellular mediator of mechanotransduction upon mechanical stress. Using a mice model of pressure overload, they showed that mice lacking Thbs1 are less likely to withstand high mechanical stress. These findings help understand the biomechanical impact of cardiovascular diseases. (2020-04-24)

High-altitude adaptations connected with lower risk for chronic diseases
High-altitude adaptations in the Himalayas may lower risk for some chronic diseases, according to a research team including faculty from Binghamton University, State University of New York, the University of New Mexico, and the Fudan University School of Life Sciences. (2020-04-23)

Maternal hypertensive disorders may lead to mental health disorders in children
Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia -- may increase the risk of psychological development disorders and behavioral and emotional disorders in children. This is the first study to show that preeclampsia predicts increased offspring risk of any childhood mental disorder, regardless of mental disorders in the parents and other conditions. (2020-04-20)

Blood pressure awareness and control rates in Canadians are slipping alarmingly, particularly among women
In a new study that draws attention to a growing cardiovascular health concern, investigators report that an increasing number of Canadians, particularly women, are unaware that they have high blood pressure, and they are not getting treatment to control their hypertension. The study appears in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, published by Elsevier. (2020-04-14)

Study finds that Pilates significantly improves blood pressure in young, obese women
A new paper in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, finds that mat Pilates may be an effective strategy to improve cardiovascular health for young obese women, a population that is at risk for hypertension and early vascular complications. (2020-04-01)

Chemicals used to replace BPA may lead to increased blood pressure
Common bisphenol A (BPA) substitutes can affect the developing fetus and cause hypertension in later life, suggests a rodent study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting. The research will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-30)

COVID-19 alert: Heart and kidney patients should keep taking their medicines
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, inaccurate medical information has flooded social media and other channels. One potentially lethal example is that patients who take renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockers, particularly angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs), may be more susceptible to the virus. (2020-03-27)

Regular tub bathing linked to lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Regular tub bathing is linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke, indicates a long term study, published online in the journal Heart. (2020-03-24)

Cumulative doses of oral steroids linked to increased blood pressure
Cumulative doses of oral steroids in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases are associated with increased hypertension (blood pressure) for those who take them regularly, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-03-23)

US sees sharp increase in hypertension-related deaths
While it typically has no symptoms, high blood pressure -- or hypertension -- has serious health consequences. Rates of deaths related to hypertension have risen by 72% and 20% in rural and urban areas of the US, respectively, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-19)

High blood pressure surprisingly common in female college athletes
Nearly half of a cohort of female athletes at two US universities were found to have higher than normal blood pressure levels, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-18)

Diagnosing hypertension in children
Study results call into question the utility of testing blood pressure load--the proportion of elevated blood pressure readings detected over 24 hours--for diagnosing hypertension in children. (2020-03-13)

Healthy lifestyle reduces risk of disease, death
The longer you lead a healthy lifestyle during midlife, the less likely you are to develop certain diseases in later life. (2020-03-11)

Discovered: Why obesity causes high blood pressure -- and potential ways to fix
Researchers have determined precisely how obesity causes high blood pressure and even reversed it in lab models. (2020-03-10)

Hypertension in young adulthood associated with cognitive decline in middle age
Research from Tel Aviv University indicates that high blood pressure in young adulthood is associated with cognitive decline and gait impairment in middle age. (2020-03-04)

Researchers link immune system to salt-sensitive hypertension in CKD
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and is linked to salt-sensitive hypertension. Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University have now found that pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α triggers salt-sensitive hypertension in CKD patients via the WNK-SPAK-NCC pathway by inhibiting transcription of NEDD4-2, an E3 ligase that regulates WNK1 protein abundance. Understanding this mechanism provides new targets for future salt-sensitive hypertension therapies. (2020-03-03)

Even damaged livers can handle life-saving medication
Doctors used to make patients with drug-induced liver injury stop taking all their medications until the liver healed, but this could be dangerous. Now, researchers report in two recent papers that people with diabetes, hypertension and depression might be able to continue taking life saving medications even while they heal from drug-induced liver injuries. (2020-02-28)

Specific gut bacteria may be associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension
Researchers have found a specific bacterial profile in the gut of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a chronic and progressive disease that causes constriction of arteries in the lungs. The unique bacterial profile predicted pulmonary arterial hypertension with 83% accuracy. (2020-02-24)

Community health worker-led care improves blood pressure control in hypertensive patients
Multi-country intervention trial to improve hypertension management, led by Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, in partnership with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Aga Khan University in Pakistan, the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and the Singapore Clinical Research Institute (SCRI), leads to ''clinically meaningful'' reductions in blood pressure and better blood pressure control in patients receiving the multi-component intervention. Researchers call for national scale-up of the intervention. (2020-02-19)

When the best treatment for hypertension is to wait
A new study concluded that a physician's decision not to intensify hypertension treatment is often a contextually appropriate choice. In two-thirds of cases where physicians did not change treatment for patients with hypertension, patients' blood pressure returned to normal in follow-up readings taken at home. (2020-02-18)

Advancing an oral drug for pulmonary arterial hypertension
With a protein drug grown in the leaves of lettuce plants, the University of Pennsylvania's Henry Daniell and colleagues hope to provide new treatment options for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare but deadly disease. (2020-02-14)

Free radicals from immune cells are direct cause of salt-sensitive hypertension
In salt-sensitive hypertension, immune cells gather in the kidneys and shoot out free radicals, heightening blood pressure and damaging this pair of vital organs, scientists report. (2020-02-11)

Increases in minimum wage may not have anticipated positive health effects, study shows
A new study by researchers at the University of Washington found that increases in minimum wages primarily had no effect on health overall. However, they did find a mix of negative and positive effects associated with the health of certain groups of working-age people. (2020-02-10)

Study reveals seasonal variations in hypertensive disorders during pregnancy
Researchers observed seasonal variations in the risk of the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy -- including gestational hypertension and preeclampsia -- in a Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica study of Danish women. (2020-02-05)

Mixed chimerism improves long-term kidney transplant outlook
Mixed chimerism - the continued mixing of donor and recipient blood cells following a transplant of blood progenitor cells - could improve outcomes for kidney transplant recipients, according to a new clinical study in about 50 patients. (2020-01-29)

Weight loss surgery may reduce the risk of heart failure and premature death
Compared with routine care, weight loss surgery was linked with a reduced risk of hypertension, heart failure, and early death in a study based on information from a primary care database in the UK. The findings are published in BJS (British Journal of Surgery). (2020-01-27)

New study debunks notion that salt consumption contributes to weight loss
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that reducing sodium intake in adults with elevated blood pressure or hypertension decreased thirst, urine volume and blood pressure, but did not affect metabolic energy needs. These results support the traditional notion that decreasing sodium intake is critical to managing hypertension -- disputing recent studies. (2020-01-21)

Brain blood flow sensor discovery could aid treatments for high blood pressure & dementia
A study led by researchers at UCL has discovered the mechanism that allows the brain to monitor its own blood supply, a finding in rats which may help to find new treatments for human conditions including hypertension (high blood pressure) and dementia. (2020-01-14)

Metabolic syndrome associated with increased risk of blood clot recurrence
People with metabolic syndrome -- a set of conditions including obesity, impaired glucose metabolism, elevated levels of fats and cholesterol in the blood, and high blood pressure - are more likely to experience recurrent blood clots, according to a new study published today in Blood Advances. Among patients diagnosed with a type of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), those who also had markers of metabolic syndrome were more likely to experience another venous thromboembolism (VTE) event. (2020-01-09)

Diabetes can independently lead to heart failure, population study shows
Heart problems are a common development for people with diabetes. In fact, about 33% of people in the US admitted to the hospital for heart failure also have diabetes. Heart failure may be the result of a co-condition, such as hypertension or coronary heart disease, but not always. (2020-01-02)

One-off genetic score can detect stroke risk from birth
Researchers have shown that genetic data obtained from a single blood draw or saliva sample can be used to identify individuals at a 3-fold increased risk of developing ischaemic stroke. The scientists developed a genetic risk score that is similarly or more predictive than commonly known risk factors for stroke. Their work suggests that individuals with high genetic risk may require more intensive preventive measures to mitigate stroke risk than is recommended by current guidelines. (2019-12-20)

Long work hours at the office linked to both regular and hidden high blood pressure
Office workers who logged 49-plus hours on the job weekly were 70% more likely to have a hidden form of high blood pressure called masked hypertension, compared to people who work less than 35 hours per week. Masked hypertension is high blood pressure that doesn't appear during a regular blood pressure test at a medical visit and thus, often goes undetected. (2019-12-19)

Pregnancy hypertension risk increased by traffic-related air pollution
A new report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) suggests that traffic-related air pollution increases a pregnant woman's risk for dangerous increases in blood pressure, known as hypertension. (2019-12-18)

Obesity surgery improves the heart
The benefits of bariatric surgery for obese individuals go beyond weight loss, according to a study presented today at EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). (2019-12-05)

Mindfulness training may help lower blood pressure, new study shows
A study at Brown University finds that mindfulness could reduce blood pressure by enhancing attention control, emotion regulation and self-awareness of both healthy and unhealthy habits. (2019-12-04)

Legumes boost heart health, according to new review study
Consuming beans, lentils, peas, and other legumes reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure, according to a review published in Advances in Nutrition. (2019-11-20)

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