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Home blood pressure monitoring improves control
Patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) who monitor their blood pressure at home have better control of their condition, according to a new study available on (2004-06-10)

Systolic and diastolic blood pressures together more useful for predicting cardiovascular risk
Individuals with diastolic blood pressure under 70 mm Hg coupled with an elevated systolic blood pressure may have a greater risk of heart attack and stroke than indicated by the systolic blood pressure values alone, according to a UC Irvine study. (2009-02-18)

Blood pressure during sleep may be important too
Blood pressure levels differ greatly from person to person. We know this based on blood pressure readings taken during people's waking hours. But what happens when people are sleeping? (2000-03-08)

Magnesium Supplements May Help Lower High Blood Pressure
Magnesium supplements have a small but significant effect on lowering blood pressure, according to a study in this month's Hypertension. The authors of the study say these findings should clarify inconsistent results from previous investigations of magnesium and blood pressure. (1998-08-20)

Off The Cuff: Pulse Pressure Serves As Marker For Heart Disease Death
A novel form of blood pressure reading can be a strong predictor of coronary heart disease death, according to a study reported by a Paris team of researchers in this month's Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. (1997-12-09)

New strategy for treating high blood pressure
The key to treating blood pressure might lie in people who are 'resistant' to developing high blood pressure even when they eat high salt diets, shows new research published today in Experimental Physiology. (2019-10-22)

Blood Vessel Troubles May Lead To High Blood Pressure
Blood vessel abnormalities that disrupt normal blood flow may contribute to high blood pressure, according to a study at Johns Hopkins and Veteran's General Hospital in Taiwan. Determining whether high blood pressure causes or results from arterial blood-flow problems may improve understanding and eventually treatment of heart disease, the nation's leading killer, the researchers say. (1996-11-14)

Falling blood pressure not down to drugs, say experts
Blood pressure lowering drugs were not responsible for the population decline in blood pressure seen in many countries in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. (2006-03-09)

Small BMI change in overweight children could have big blood pressure impact
Small changes in weight can make bigger differences in the blood pressure for overweight children, compared to those at normal weight, according to a new study. (2010-10-15)

Why do we develop high blood pressure?
Abnormally high blood pressure, or hypertension, may be related to changes in brain activity and blood flow early in life. That's according to a study conducted on a rat model of high blood pressure, published in Experimental Physiology. (2017-03-09)

Study examines ethnic differences in sleep quality and blood pressure
In this month's issue of the American Journal of Hypertension, Dr. Joel Hughes, Kent State assistant professor of psychology, and colleagues examine the possibility that sleep quality may help account for ethnic differences in blood pressure dipping. (2007-10-29)

Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older adults
A large-scale study led by the University of Exeter analyzed 415,980 electronic medical records of older adults in England. People aged 75 or over with low blood pressure (below 130/80) had increased mortality rates in the follow-up, compared to those with normal blood pressure. This was especially pronounced in 'frail' individuals, who had 62% increased risk of death during the 10-year follow-up. (2020-03-06)

Largest ever genetic study of blood pressure
The largest ever genetic analysis of over one million people has identified 535 new genes associated with high blood pressure. Scientists examined around 7 million common genetic variants for an association with systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as pulse pressure. There is also a genetic overlap between hypertension and lifestyle exposures, with many blood pressure genes also associated with, for example, an individual's intake of fruit, water, tea, caffeine, alcohol and salt. (2018-10-08)

Hormone linked to high blood pressure and blood vessel disease in African-Americans
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have linked higher levels of the hormone aldosterone to high blood pressure and blood vessel disease in African-Americans. Aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal glands and causes salt retention by the kidneys. (2009-02-16)

Stopping High Blood Pressure Drugs May Start A Stroke
DALLAS, June 19 -- Individuals taking drugs to control high blood pressure should be warned not to stop treatment without a doctor's orders. The penalty may be a stroke, researchers report in this month's Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. (1998-06-18)

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)

New method gives glaucoma researchers control over eye pressure
Neuroscientists have developed a new method that permits continuous regulation of eye pressure without damage, becoming the first to definitively prove pressure in the eye is sufficient to cause and explain glaucoma. (2020-02-24)

Why apnea patients are prone to suffer from glaucoma
Scientists at Hokkaido University have successfully measured the eye pressure of sleeping patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome for the first time, finding an unexpected correlation with glaucoma. (2016-07-21)

Higher nocturnal blood pressure predictive of kidney disease in diabetes
Monitoring nighttime blood pressure is a simple, painless and noninvasive method of identifying patients with type 1 diabetes who are at increased risk for kidney disease, according to a study published in the Sept. 12 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. (2002-09-11)

Breastfeeding as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and salt restriction
Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, finds a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood. And the longer the period of breastfeeding, the lower the blood pressure reading, the research shows. (2005-05-23)

Home blood pressure measurements are usually acceptable
Asking patients to measure their blood pressure at home avoids the problem of (1999-10-28)

New study confirms importance of systolic blood pressure
New evidence from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study finds that systolic blood pressure, far more than diastolic blood pressure, identifies patients with hypertension, determines their blood pressure stage, and indicates the need for treatment, but both measurements used together are best. (1999-09-16)

High blood pressure may protect against migraine
People with high blood pressure appear to be less likely to have migraine than those with low blood pressure. Researchers say stiff arteries associated with high blood pressure may play a role in protecting against migraine. The research is published in the April 15, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2008-04-14)

Home blood pressure monitoring may not benefit patients with stroke and hypertension
Home blood pressure monitoring may help patients with hypertension and stroke but did not improve blood pressure control for patients who had normal blood pressure at the start or those with disabilities, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2012-11-05)

Effect of breast feeding on blood pressure may be overestimated
Previous research may have overestimated the beneficial effects of breast feeding on blood pressure in later life, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-20)

Brain pressure controls eye pressure, revealing new avenues for glaucoma treatment
Neuroscientists have discovered that eye and brain pressure are physiologically connected. (2020-01-13)

High blood pressure may make it difficult for the elderly to think clearly
Adding another reason for people to watch their blood pressure, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that increased blood pressure in older adults is directly related to decreased cognitive functioning, particularly among seniors with already high blood pressure. This means that stressful situations may make it more difficult for some seniors to think clearly. (2008-12-15)

Treatment-resistant hypertension requires proper diagnosis
High blood pressure -- also known as hypertension -- is widespread, but treatment often fails. One in five people with hypertension does not respond to therapy. This is frequently due to inadequate diagnosis, as Franz Weber and Manfred Anlauf point out in the current issue of Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International. (2014-07-08)

New predictor of heart attack or stroke
A hike in your blood pressure during middle age significantly raises the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke during your lifetime, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. The study offers a new understanding on the importance of maintaining low blood pressure early in middle age to prevent heart disease later in life. (2011-12-19)

Water: the unexpected blood pressure drug
Patients who suffer from autonomic nervous system failure can turn to a new treatment for their blood pressure abnormalities: a large glass of water. (2000-02-07)

Time for a check-up on high blood pressure management
DALLAS, April 20 - Doctors need to re-think their approach to dealing with high blood pressure, a prominent hypertension specialist asserts in an editorial in the April issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2001-04-19)

Home monitoring, Web-based tool improves blood pressure control
A pharmacist-led home blood pressure monitoring program supported by the American Heart Association's Heart 360 website dramatically improved blood pressure control for patients with uncontrolled hypertension, according to a study. (2010-05-21)

New University of Leicester study could help stroke victims
University at forefront of international research on stroke. (2007-04-24)

Bariatric surgery linked to reduced blood pressure at 18 months after surgery
The prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) appears to decline and remain low after bariatric surgery, and blood pressure drops the most among patients who had untreated hypertension before the procedure, according to a study in the March issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-03-20)

System 90L no longer suspect for development
The low pressure area known as (2013-12-09)

Potassium Linked To Lowered Blood Pressure
Potassium, either in the form of fruits and vegetables, or in supplements can lower high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart attack or stroke, Harvard researchers report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. (1998-01-16)

Fluctuating blood pressure associated with risk of cerebrovascular disease
The risk of cerebrovascular diseases appears to be higher among individuals with fluctuating blood pressure in addition to high blood pressure, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-05-10)

Home blood pressure monitoring helps patients manage hypertensive drug treatments
Patients who monitored their blood pressure at home were able to decrease blood pressure medication and slightly lower their costs, according to a study in the February 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2004-02-24)

Meditation impacts blood pressure, study shows
The regular practice of TM may have the potential to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by -4.7 and 3.2 mm HG, respectively. (2008-03-14)

Study examines whether lower blood pressure reduces kidney disease progression
Georgia Health Sciences University is enrolling patients in a federally funded study to determine if a lower blood pressure reduces the progression of kidney disease. (2011-03-21)

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