The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report that reinforces the message that high blood pressure poses the single, greatest risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is responsible for the dea
Physicians have often dismissed occasional high blood pressure readings as insignificant, but new research from the University of Oxford suggests that even episodic hypertension or unstable blood p
A study from Brigham Young University shows that frenemies, frustrating friends or family that we care about, can be bad for blood pressure.
Psychological distress that leads to high blood pressure, was lowered through Transcendental Meditation in a study of college students.
Vitamin D deficiency in premenopausal women may increase the risk of developing systolic hypertension 15 years later, according to research reported at the American Heart Association’s 63rd High Bl
A high-fructose diet raises blood pressure in men, while a drug used to treat gout seems to protect against the blood pressure increase, according to research reported at the American Heart Associa
A survey of American servicemen and women who reported experiencing multiple combat exposures were more likely to self-report high blood pressure than military members not exposed to combat, accord
Many people think twice before adding a dash of salt to their food, but don’t realize that the majority of dietary sodium comes from packaged foods and eating out, according to a new study.
High blood pressure is linked to memory problems in people over 45, according to research published in the print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High blood pressure is risky. However, the new analysis says that the lower blood pressure benefits are not proven either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contrary to some previous indications, sicker high blood pressure patients are more likely to receive high-quality care than those with fewer medical needs, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.