Blood Pressure

Kids' High Blood Pressure Foretells Future Problems

Aug 4 2009 - 8:32am
Blood Pressure Checker

The recent study showing an association between higher blood pressure and more time spent watching television or using a computer can be considered just one more wakeup call for parents when it comes to hypertension in children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 5 percent of children have higher than normal blood pressure, and this condition can place children at risk of more health problems as adults.


High Blood Pressure May Lead To Silent Strokes

Jul 28 2009 - 12:11pm

“Silent” strokes, which are strokes that don’t result in any noticeable symptoms but cause brain damage, are common in people over 60, and especially in those with high blood pressure, according to a study published in the July 28, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


NHLBI Stops Study Of Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment

Jul 28 2009 - 12:07pm

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped a clinical trial testing a drug treatment for pulmonary hypertension in adults with sickle cell disease nearly one year early due to safety concerns. In an interim review of safety data from 33 participants who completed 16 weeks of treatment, researchers found that, compared to participants on placebo (dummy pill), participants taking sildenafil (Revatio) were significantly more likely to have serious medical problems.


Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Hypertension Risk In Women

Jul 24 2009 - 1:25pm

As a risk factors for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and shortened life expectancy, high blood pressure (hypertension) contributes to more excess deaths in women than any other preventable factor. In a novel study that looked at a combination of healthy lifestyle choices in regards to hypertension, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) found that simultaneously addressing six modifiable risk factors drastically reduced the risk of developing hypertension.


Specific Blood Pressure Meds Protect From Dementia

Jul 23 2009 - 7:57am
Blood Pressure and Dementia

New research shows that some popular blood pressure medications can protect from inflammation, reducing the risk of dementia and memory loss associated with aging. The study from Wake Forest researchers appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The results show that a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors that cross the blood brain barrier, offer protection from dementia.

Scientists know that high blood pressure increases risk of dementia and cognitive decline. The popular blood pressure medications relax and open blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the brain.


High-Salt Diet Contributes To Blood Pressure Medication Resistance

Jul 21 2009 - 10:19am

A high-salt diet may decrease the effectiveness of medications used to treat high blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension, researchers report in a small study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Resistant hypertension means that a patient’s blood pressure remains above his/her treatment goals, despite using three different types of antihypertensive drugs at the same time. Twenty percent to 30 percent of high blood pressure patients may be resistant to multi-drug therapies.


Genetic Variants Linked To Blood Pressure In African-Americans

Jul 17 2009 - 11:48am

A team led by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today reported the discovery of five genetic variants related to blood pressure in African-Americans, findings that may provide new clues to treating and preventing hypertension. The effort marks the first time that a relatively new research approach, called a genome-wide association study, has focused on blood pressure and hypertension in an African-American population.


Vegetable Protein Linked To Lower Blood Pressure

Jul 7 2009 - 11:16am

Consuming an amino acid commonly found in vegetable protein may be associated with lower blood pressure, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers found that a 4.72 percent higher dietary intake of the amino acid glutamic acid as a percent of total dietary protein correlated with lower group average systolic blood pressure, lower by 1.5 to 3.0 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Group average diastolic blood pressure was lower by 1.0 to 1.6 mm Hg.


Masked Hypertension Raises High Blood Pressure Risk

Jun 30 2009 - 2:03pm

White-coat and masked hypertension significantly increased the risk of having sustained high blood pressure 10 years later, according to a study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In white-coat hypertension, a patient’s blood pressure is high at the doctor’s office but normal in everyday life. Masked hypertension refers to blood pressure that is normal when tested in medical settings but sporadically high when patients are out in the community.


Blood Pressure: Small Changes Yield Big Improvements

Jun 17 2009 - 12:31pm

Small, focused and inexpensive initiatives can significantly improve the quality of care for high blood pressure patients, researchers report in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

In a study of the VA–Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, a multi-faceted initiative involving patient, nurse and physician education improved high blood pressure care and control in veterans.


Smoking, Drinking, Lack Of Exercise Increase Hypertension Risk

Jun 17 2009 - 12:30pm

Cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise can interact with genes to influence a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a report published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

“The three lifestyle characteristics are well-known risk factors for high blood pressure,” said Nora Franceschini, M.D, lead author of the study and assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “What’s new is that we are showing that these behaviors interact with your genes to influence blood pressure levels.