Blood Pressure

Genetic Clues To Blood Pressure Uncovered

May 11 2009 - 1:46pm

An international research team has identified a number of unsuspected genetic variants associated with systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and hypertension (high blood pressure), suggesting potential avenues of investigation for the prevention or treatment of hypertension. The research was funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health and by several other NIH institutes and centers.


Blood Pressure Regulation System Lacking in Black Youth

May 10 2009 - 9:26pm

Researchers are not yet sure why, but a new study shows that one third of otherwise healthy black adolescents lack salt regulation by the kidneys, necessary to keep blood pressure in check. The kidneys help the body eliminate more salt, but in some black youth, the natural mechanism for salt regulation by the kidneys is absent, placing them at risk for hypertension in adulthood.


May Recognized As High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 8 2009 - 11:57am

The Volusia County Health Department, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Wellness joins the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in recognizing May as National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 of 3 American adults has high blood pressure or hypertension. In Volusia County, 30 percent of adults were diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2007 according to the Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set.


Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure

Apr 24 2009 - 12:01pm
Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure

In trying to understand the role of prostaglandins – a family of fatty compounds key to the cardiovascular system – in blood pressure maintenance, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues discovered that mice that lack the receptor for one type of prostaglandin have lower blood pressure and less atherosclerosis than their non-mutant brethren.


Blood Pressure In Children Creates Thinking Problems

Feb 24 2009 - 10:52am
Child high blood pressure checker

High blood pressure and obesity related issues create problems of thinking and memory in children and are linked with anxiety and depression in children.

Children with high blood pressure are not as good at complicated, goal-directed tasks, have more working memory problems and are not as adept at planning as their peers without hypertension, according to recent research. If they are both hypertensive and obese, they are also more likely to have anxiety and depression.


High Blood Pressure Control Improved In England

Feb 14 2009 - 2:55am

Awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure have increased significantly in England, according to a nationally representative health survey reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers evaluated blood pressure management in 2006 compared to 2003, focusing on heart disease and its prevention. The key findings showed that among those treated, 53 percent of women and 52 percent of men achieved control of high blood pressure in 2006 compared to 44 percent of women and 48 percent of men in 2003.


Omron HEM-711AC Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor With IntelliSense

Feb 11 2009 - 10:57pm
Omron HEM-711AC Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors Hypertension

Unlike other automatic blood pressure cuffs I've owned, the Omron HEM-711AC Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with IntelliSense gives accurate readings even when heart rate is low. I have had trouble with other automatic monitors and have been impressed with how well this unit checks with my old-fashioned manual cuff.

Using the latest technology available, the Omron measures blood pressure at the brachial artery and converts the reading digitally.

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England Improve High Blood Pressure Control

Feb 9 2009 - 3:59pm
UK keeps blood pressure in check

A national health survey reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association shows significantly increased awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure (HBP) in England.

Researchers evaluated and compared blood pressure management in 2006 and 2003, focusing on heart disease and its prevention. They analyzed 7,478 people ages 16 and older. This included 3,314 men and 4,164 women. The average age was 47 years.


Blood Pressure Linked To Seasonal Variation

Jan 16 2009 - 1:54pm

A French study reported in the 12th January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine has found a strong correlation between blood pressure and outdoor temperature in a large sample of the elderly.(1) As a result, the investigators advise that, during periods of extreme temperatures, careful monitoring of blood pressure and antihypertensive treatment "could contribute to reducing the consequences of blood pressure variations in the elderly".


STK39 Gene Determines How Kidneys Control Blood Pressure

Dec 30 2008 - 10:33am

Scientists have possibly unraveled the underpinnings of an important contributor to high blood pressure, a global problem that decreases longevity and leads to multiple cardiovascular complications. According to new research, the STK39 gene, found in one out of five people, makes us more susceptible to how our kidneys control blood pressure.


High blood pressure linked to common gene variant

Dec 29 2008 - 6:10pm

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified a common gene variant STK39 that appears to influence people's risk of developing high blood pressure, according to the results of a study being published online Dec. 29, 2008 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


Anxiety Underlies White Coat Hypertension

Dec 20 2008 - 11:19am

A new study suggests that spikes of anxiety can cause the blood pressure of some people to rise when a doctor is examining them, a phenomenon known as the “white coat effect.”

Nine percent of patients studied showed signs of white coat hypertension, which could prompt doctors to prescribe unneeded medication and potentially lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

“Doctors should not be taking a blood-pressure reading,” said study lead author Gbenga Ogedegbe, M.D., an associate professor at New York University School of Medicine. “Automated devices should be doing it.”


High blood pressure may effect clear thinking in the elderly

Dec 15 2008 - 7:16am

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.


Two-Drug Blood Pressure Therapy Lowers Heart Attack Risk

Dec 6 2008 - 12:36am

While doctors are recommended to start with a diuretic-based strategy to control patients’ high blood pressure, an international blood pressure study shows a different single-pill drug combination is more effective at preventing heart-related events such as heart attacks and strokes.


Study Questions Fluid Pill Use For Blood Pressure Control

Dec 5 2008 - 11:34am
Blood Pressure Pills

Combining your blood pressure medication into one pill daily may be the safest way to keep your blood pressure under control, according to a new study. Diuretics or fluid pills are prescribed to many patients to lower blood pressure. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients who were given a combination of a calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor had better health outcomes than those given a fluid pill or diuretic.


Lowering Your Blood Pressure by Lowering Your Salt

Dec 2 2008 - 4:12pm

Consumer Reports analyzed 37 supermarket staples and found large amounts of sodium in unexpected places -- including some foods that don't necessarily taste salty at all. For example, a cup of Kellogg's Raisin Bran contains 350 milligrams (mg) of sodium, while a half-cup of Friendship 1% low-fat cottage cheese has 360 mg. And a single Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain White Bagel is loaded with 440 mg. Consumer Reports advises consumers to check food labels for sodium content. These types of sodium surprises present challenges for people charged with cooking for the holidays.

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Low Potassium Levels Linked With High Blood Pressure

Nov 12 2008 - 12:57am

Researchers have found that low potassium levels correlate with high blood pressure, regardless of salt intake or cardiovascular risk factors, and the association is stronger among blacks, according to a study presented this week at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Reuters Health reports. The study, by Susan Hedayati of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is based on a multi-ethnic population of 3,303 adults, half of whom were black.


Rural pregnant women are at higher risk of blood pressure

Nov 9 2008 - 9:53am

Several factors, such as older age and high weight gain, are known risk factors for pre-eclampsia and other pregnancy-related blood pressure disorders. Now a new report suggests that social factors - including living in a rural county - may also increase the risk of preeclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), according to research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Blood pressure monitoring improved by pay per performance

Oct 31 2008 - 11:38am

Pay for performance has substantially improved blood pressure monitoring and control in England, and the difference in monitoring levels between the most and least deprived areas has all but disappeared. This study adds to the evidence that the Quality of Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a "truly equitable public health intervention", says the author of an accompanying editorial.


Addrenex Initiates Trial On Novel Hypertension Drug

Oct 24 2008 - 3:13am

Addrenex Pharmaceuticals today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for ADX415, a novel hypertension drug. With the approval, Addrenex has launched a phase 2 clinical trial to study ADX415 as a targeted therapy for hypertension.

The phase 2 trial is a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study that will involve 80 patients. ADX415 is a novel, patented, centrally acting, alpha-adrenergic receptor agonist specific to alpha-2 receptors.


Music Listening is a Viable Option to Lower Blood Pressure

Oct 17 2008 - 9:21am

To some people, listening to music may just be a hobby, but to people with high blood pressure (hypertension), it could be a way to help them lower their blood pressure.

A study by the University of Florence in Italy reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans in May 2008 that people with mild hypertension had their blood pressure significantly reduced by listening to classical, Celtic or India (raga) music for 30 minutes a day for a month.


High Blood Pressure Rates, Management, Awareness Increasing

Oct 16 2008 - 4:38am

More U.S. residents are being treated for high blood pressure in large part because of increasing obesity rates, but there is greater awareness of risk factors for the condition, particularly among white men and blacks, according to a study published in the November issue of Hypertension, United Press International reports.


More Americans have, Get Treated For High Blood Pressure

Oct 15 2008 - 7:52am

First, the bad news: More American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure) and prehypertension than ever before.

Now, the good news: The percentage of those getting treated for and controlling high blood pressure has also increased. As a result, even the bad news has a good news aspect: more people are living with rather than dying from hypertension.


High Blood Pressure Serious And Treatable

Oct 15 2008 - 3:51am
Blod pressure checker

The number of people with high blood pressure (hypertension) has increased in the past two decades. High blood pressure is a serious and treatable condition and our ability to recognize and control it has had a dramatic improvement on people dying from heart attack over the last forty years. Much of the increase in cases of hypertension is related to the obesity epidemic, according to Dr. Paul D. Sorlie, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The average age at which blood pressure starts to increase is 60 for men and 40 for women.