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Genetic study shows that the risk of pre-eclampsia is related to blood pressure and BMI
An international study, coordinated by experts from the University of Nottingham, has revealed that the genetic risk of pre-eclampsia - a potentially dangerous condition in pregnancy - is related to blood pressure and body mass index. (2020-11-25)

Risk of target organ damage in patients with masked hypertension versus sustained hypertension
In a new publication from Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications; DOI https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2019.1261, Yue Wu, Guoyue Zhang, Rong Hu and Jianlin Du from The Second Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China consider the risk of target organ damage in patients with masked hypertension versus sustained hypertension. (2020-11-19)

An acebuchin-oil-enriched diet helps to reduce hypertension
The acebuche, also know as the wild olive tree, is a variety of tree widely found throughout Spain and covering almost nine million hectares in Andalusia. However, little data is available on the composition and therapeutic potential of acebuchin oil. The studies mainly focus on the composition and pharmacological effects of olive tree leaves and extra virgin olive oil. (2020-11-17)

Black patients less likely to receive added, higher dose meds to control blood pressure
Racial inequities in treatment intensification - prescribing a new medication for hypertension or increasing the dose for existing medication - may be responsible for nearly one-third of racial disparities in treating the condition. Blood pressure control rates were lower in Black patients and higher in Asian American patients compared to other racial groups. (2020-11-09)

High blood pressure complications in US pregnancies have nearly doubled
Researchers found high blood pressure complicated about 80,000 pregnancies in 2018, nearly twice as many as in 2007. Women living in rural areas continue to be approximately 20% more likely to have high blood pressure before pregnancy than women living in urban communities. (2020-11-09)

Social isolation puts women at higher risk of hypertension
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are discovering that social isolation affects the health of men and women in different ways--including placing women at higher risk of high blood pressure. (2020-10-28)

High flavanol diet may lead to lower blood pressure
People who consume a diet including flavanol-rich foods and drinks, including tea, apples and berries, could lead to lower blood pressure, according to the first study using objective measures of thousands of UK residents' diet. (2020-10-21)

Certain pre-existing conditions may double, triple mortality risk for COVID-19
A large, international study of COVID-19 patients confirmed that cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke and cancer can increase a patient's risk of dying from the virus. (2020-10-08)

Exposure to vitamin D in the womb might minimize risk of high blood pressure for children born to mothers with preeclampsia
Children appear to be at greater risk of having high blood pressure when their mothers had the high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia during pregnancy--but this adverse association may be reduced or even eliminated for children who were exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb. (2020-10-05)

High blood pressure linked to baroreflex in rats
Researchers describe a newly observed phenomenon in the way blood pressure is maintained in certain rats. (2020-10-03)

New potential treatment approach for patients with salt sensitive hypertension
A new study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has found that an alpha adrenoceptor blocker (a class of drugs that relaxes smooth muscle or blood vessels) may represent a new treatment approach for patients with salt sensitive hypertension. This is the first study to demonstrate that α1-adrenoceptor antagonism reduces the activity of a mechanism in the kidney that reabsorbs salt to reduce blood pressure. (2020-09-28)

A study could provide guideline for exercise training aimed at high blood pressure patient
Brazilian researchers' finding that exercising in the evening reduces blood pressure more than in the morning can help health professionals choose the time of day for aerobic training depending on the type of anti-hypertensive drug they take. (2020-09-24)

Study finds novel mechanism that may confer protection against glaucoma
A team of researchers from LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and the University of Copenhagen provides the first evidence that patients with ocular hypertension may exhibit superior antioxidant protection that promotes resistance to the elevated intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma. (2020-09-17)

New virtual screening tool eases, accelerates routine diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension
The COVID-19 pandemic has increasing numbers of doctors caring for patients virtually. While critical to protecting patient health during a pandemic, however, virtual care presents unique challenges, especially when it comes to diagnosis. Now, cardiologists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, have come up with a virtual screening tool that greatly simplifies the process of diagnosing a complex form of heart failure known as pulmonary hypertension. (2020-09-17)

Metabolic surgery offers health benefits for patients with high blood pressure
Metabolic surgeries, such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, are not only effective for treating Type 2 diabetes and obesity. According to a new study led by Erik Stenberg at Örebro University, published September 15 in PLOS Medicine, the surgery also has benefits for people with obesity who have high blood pressure--and can reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and death. (2020-09-15)

Shorter rest periods yield same results when measuring blood pressure
Current guidelines recommending five minutes of rest before a patient can receive a blood pressure screening may not be necessary for patients without high blood pressure. Average differences in blood pressure measurements obtained after zero or two minutes of rest were not significantly different (<+2 mm Hg) than readings obtained after five minutes of rest in people with systolic blood pressure <140 mm Hg. These findings illustrate the possibility for improvement in blood pressure screening efficiency, especially in busy health care settings. (2020-09-10)

Fatter legs linked to reduced risk of high blood pressure
Adults with a higher percentage of fat tissue in their legs were less likely than those with a lower percentage to have high blood pressure. Research findings held true even after adjusting for age, sex, race and ethnicity, education, smoking, alcohol use, cholesterol levels and waist fat, although to a lesser degree. (2020-09-10)

Kids with white-coat hypertension might be at risk for eventual progression to sustained high blood
Children and adolescents diagnosed with white-coat hypertension, a condition where blood pressure is higher when at the doctor's office, might eventually progress to sustained hypertension, according to a new study. A second study found that combinations of heart disease risk factors can predict heart damage in kids and indicates a need for early diagnosis and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk. (2020-09-10)

Research on the impact of ACE-i and ARBs for patients with COVID-19 continues to evolve
Three research studies featured in the release related to low blood pressure, or hypotension in COVID-19 patients. (2020-09-10)

Gut microbiome data may be helpful in routine screening of cardiovascular disease
Previous studies have found the human gut microbiome, bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study used machine learning to analyze data from nearly 1,000 stool samples from people with and without CVD. Results show potential for developing a convenient, new diagnostic approach for CVD. (2020-09-10)

Some health care professionals use outdated guidelines to screen and diagnose hypertension
Results of a survey show that some health care professionals are not following evidence-based guidelines, potentially leading to under and overdiagnosis of hypertension. 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and home blood pressure monitoring are recommended before diagnosing hypertension; however, most health care professionals are using in-clinic measurements. (2020-09-10)

Treating hypertension lowers the risk for orthostatic hypotension, or drop in blood pressure upon standing
A systematic review of published evidence suggests that hypertension treatment lowers the risk for orthostatic hypotension, or extreme drop in blood pressure upon standing. Orthostatic hypotension, before or in the setting of more intensive blood pressure (BP) treatment, should not be viewed as a reason to avoid or de-escalate treatment for hypertension. This is important as it is traditionally thought that hypertension treatment causes this condition. (2020-09-10)

Americans continue to struggle controlling high blood pressure; 11% fewer adults have it in check
The percentage of American adults with controlled blood pressure dropped 11% between 2013 and 2018. All age groups saw an increase in systolic blood pressure of 3-4 mm Hg. Blood pressure management levels found between 2017-2018 reflect levels not seen since 2004, which signifies a loss of a decade of progress. (2020-09-09)

How to treat high blood pressure without ruining your sex life
Men with untreated high blood pressure have poorer penile blood flow than those with normal blood pressure, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2020.1 The differences disappeared with blood pressure medication. The results provide reassurance to men concerned about the effects of blood pressure-lowering medications. (2020-08-28)

Metabolic syndrome linked to worse outcomes for COVID-19 patients
Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who had a combination of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes were over three times more likely to die from the disease, according to a new Tulane University study published in Diabetes Care. (2020-08-25)

In sickness and in health
Researchers at the University of Tsukuba have shown that for men with major cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia, their wives are more likely to suffer from the same diseases. These results emphasize the need for extending disease concerns beyond relatives who share ancestry to the patient's spouse. Further, couple-based interventions are desirable for the management of lifestyle diseases, and spouses should be informed of their risk. (2020-08-25)

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)

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