Hypertension

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has halted enrollment in a $100 million, 10-year study of moderate alcohol intake and its effect on cardiovascular health amid concerns over conflicts of interest with the beverage industry.
May 15, 2018 | Hypertension
Fetuses exposed to higher levels of air pollution during their mother’s third trimester of pregnancy have a higher risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood, according to a new study published online May 14 in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.
May 10, 2018 | Hypertension
Folic acid supplementation may dramatically reduce the risk of first stroke in patients with hypertension, low platelet count and high homocysteine levels, suggests a study published online May 7 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
May 10, 2018 | Hypertension
Despite normal baseline blood pressures without medications before 20 weeks of gestation, pregnant women with chronic hypertension are at an increased risk of poor outcomes compared with women without, according to new research published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
May 09, 2018 | Hypertension
A new study from Hong Kong found adults with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who achieved a systolic blood pressure (SBP) of less than 130 mmHg did not experience a reduction in cardiovascular risk, compared to patients with SBPs between 130 and 140 mm Hg. The study’s findings were published in Diabetes Care.
People who took sauna baths at least four times per week demonstrated a 61 percent reduced risk of stroke when compared to those who visited the sauna just once a week, according to a Finnish study with an average follow-up of 15 years.
Apr 26, 2018 | Hypertension
Ambulatory blood pressure measurements are a stronger predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than clinical blood pressure measurements, according to a study published April 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Apr 24, 2018 | 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.