Hypertension

Although they didn’t garner as much attention as the adult guidelines, the criteria for determining hypertension in children also changed in 2017. They led to an increase in individuals considered outside the normal range, according to a study published online April 23 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Apr 24, 2018 | Hypertension
New research from Michigan Technological University suggests an hour of mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety and positively impact cardiovascular health—in particular, blood pressure. Study findings were presented April 23 at the 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego.
Heart disease patients who are slow walkers are at a higher risk of hospitalization than their speedier counterparts, according to research presented April 20 at EuroPrevent 2018.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The FDA’s voluntary sodium reduction goals for packaged and processed foods could greatly reduce or delay deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the U.S. and are cost-saving even in pessimistic simulations, according to a study published online April 10 in PLOS Medicine.
Apr 18, 2018 | Hypertension
A class of blood pressure medications—short-acting calcium channel blockers (CCBs)—was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a study presented April 17 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Apr 17, 2018 | Hypertension
Doctors have a new ally in keeping their patients adherent to cardiovascular medication: a urine test that can determine whether a person has taken 80 different blood pressure or cholesterol drugs in the last day or two.
Apr 09, 2018 | Hypertension
People are more likely to prefer a daily cup of tea or a pill over exercise as a treatment options for high blood pressure, according to findings of a survey presented April 7 at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.
Mar 29, 2018 | Hypertension
The YMCA and American Heart Association (AHA) are launching a collaborative effort this spring to help combat hypertension. Through the new partnership, clinics participating in the AHA and American Medical Association’s national Target: BP initiative can refer patients to the YMCA for free support in learning how to self-monitor their blood pressure.
Mar 26, 2018 | Hypertension
A resting systolic blood pressure above 120 to 125 millimeters of mercury was associated with a more rapid increase toward full-on hypertension, according to an analysis of the Framingham Heart Study published in JAMA Cardiology.
Mar 22, 2018 | Hypertension
It’s not just the meat you eat that impacts your risk of developing high blood pressure—but how you cook it, according to research presented March 21 at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health scientific sessions in New Orleans.
Mar 20, 2018 | Lipids & Metabolic
The racial gap for cardiovascular health in America is narrowing, but the news isn’t as encouraging as it initially sounds. The disparity is shrinking because decreasing overall health in whites, not because of gains made by minority groups.
Mar 20, 2018 | Hypertension
War injuries and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been found to double the risk for high blood pressure, according to a new study published in Hypertension on March 19.
Mar 13, 2018 | Hypertension
A drug therapy containing low doses of three different blood pressure-lowering medications, also known as the “Triple Pill,” decreased blood pressure targets compared with traditional drug treatment. Researchers highlighted the efficacy of the pill when presenting their findings at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando on March 12.
Mar 12, 2018 | Hypertension
Researchers may have identified a promising setting to control hypertension among black men—a group with an inordinate burden of high blood pressure and related adverse events. By bringing specialty care to the community through black-owned barbershops, Ronald G. Victor, MD, and colleagues showed substantial blood pressure reductions can be achieved within six months.
Mar 09, 2018 | Hypertension
Survivors of childhood cancer are quicker to develop hypertension and high cholesterol by six and eight years, respectively, when compared to the general population, according to a study published online March 9 in the European Heart Journal.
Mar 07, 2018 | Hypertension
Since the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association lowered the threshold for hypertension to 130/80 millimeters of mercury in November, cardiologists have questioned the risk-benefit balance of the new guidelines.
Mar 07, 2018 | Hypertension
Women who exhibited normal blood pressure during pregnancy and breastfed children for at least six months had better cardiovascular health years later compared to women who did not breastfeed, according to new research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.
Mar 07, 2018 | Hypertension
Americans with hypertension who were enrolled in employee-sponsored health insurance plans spent 18.3 percent more on healthcare in 2016 than they did in 2012, according to an issue brief released March 6 by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
Mar 06, 2018 | Hypertension
Women diagnosed with preeclampsia during pregnancy are significantly more likely to develop risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a new study to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.
Mar 05, 2018 | Hypertension
Self-monitoring was more useful than in-clinic blood pressure measurements for titrating antihypertensive medication, according to a randomized trial published online Feb. 27 in The Lancet. After one year, patients who underwent self-monitoring interventions showed significantly lower systolic blood pressures than those who were randomized to normal care.
Feb 15, 2018 | Hypertension
For older patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), systolic blood pressure (SBP) levels below 120 mm Hg—and even 130—are associated with worse short- and long-term cardiovascular outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Cardiology.