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Aramark, a food service company that serves two billion meals each year in the U.S., has reported second-year results from a program aimed at serving healthier food across workspaces, hospital cafes, colleges and universities.

As a specialist in women’s heart health, Malissa J. Wood, MD, was already well aware of the cardiovascular risks associated with pregnancy. Even so, she found a deeper dive into the topic “incredibly distressing” as she prepared for her presentation titled “Pregnancy-Associated Myocardial Infarction” at the 2017 American Heart Association’s scientific sessions.

In the first update to U.S. guidelines on blood pressure in 14 years, a writing committee changed the definition of high blood pressure from 140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher to 130/80 or higher.

Patients with hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) who underwent more intensive blood pressure (BP) control experienced a 14 percent reduced risk of all-cause mortality than those with less intensive treatment, according to a meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Teenage mothers could face significantly more cardiovascular risk later in life than women who become first-time mothers at older ages, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

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Aramark reports 14 percent sodium reduction across widespread food program

Aramark, a food service company that serves two billion meals each year in the U.S., has reported second-year results from a program aimed at serving healthier food across workspaces, hospital cafes, colleges and universities.

Physician: Public education initiatives needed to combat pregnancy-related heart problems

As a specialist in women’s heart health, Malissa J. Wood, MD, was already well aware of the cardiovascular risks associated with pregnancy. Even so, she found a deeper dive into the topic “incredibly distressing” as she prepared for her presentation titled “Pregnancy-Associated Myocardial Infarction” at the 2017 American Heart Association’s scientific sessions.

AHA, ACC lower bar for high blood pressure; 46% of US adults now have hypertension

In the first update to U.S. guidelines on blood pressure in 14 years, a writing committee changed the definition of high blood pressure from 140/90 millimeters of mercury or higher to 130/80 or higher.

More intensive BP lowering cuts risk of death for patients with chronic kidney disease

Patients with hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) who underwent more intensive blood pressure (BP) control experienced a 14 percent reduced risk of all-cause mortality than those with less intensive treatment, according to a meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Teen childbirth linked to increased cardiovascular risk decades later

Teenage mothers could face significantly more cardiovascular risk later in life than women who become first-time mothers at older ages, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Spicy food may suppress cravings for salt, aid blood pressure control

People who enjoy spicy foods tend to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, according to a study of 606 Chinese adults.

Borderline pulmonary hypertension linked to increased mortality

Patients with borderline pulmonary hypertension (PH) demonstrated poorer survival than those with lower arterial pressures, according to research published Oct. 25 in JAMA: Cardiology.

Skin could play a vital role in regulating blood pressure, heart rate, study finds

Skin, and the proteins that regulate it, could play a significant role in controlling blood pressure and other risk factors that leave heart patients predisposed to cardiovascular disease.

Stagnant rates of controlled hypertension threaten US "Healthy People" goal for 2020

U.S. rates of uncontrolled hypertension have remained stagnant for half a decade, while overall prevalence hasn’t changed since the late '90s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in its most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Inevitable or preventable? High blood pressure linked to mitral regurgitation

About two-thirds of mitral regurgitation cases are classified as degenerative, implying little can be done to prevent them as people age. But a new study in PLOS Medicine suggests high blood pressure could be a modifiable risk factor for the common heart valve disorder.

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