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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.

Hypertension during pregnancy is far from a rarity, but in women with severe preeclampsia, the diagnosis could be both cloaked and fatal, new research published in Hypertension suggests.

It might be a tall order, but breastfeeding more than five children, as well as breastfeeding for a cumulative eight years, can dramatically lower a mother’s chance of developing hypertension, a pair of researchers found in a study of more than 3,000 postmenopausal women.

The prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in India is rising, with high numbers across the country and climbing rates among younger demographics, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine this week.

Previous studies have supported the presence of a J-curve regarding the relationship between cardiovascular risk and alcohol intake—light to moderate consumption may have a protective effect, but excessive drinking is associated with progressively higher risk. But when it comes to developing high blood pressure, any amount of alcohol increases risk, researchers reported in PLOS One.

 

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Low blood pressure linked to worse outcomes in HFpEF patients

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.

In-clinic readings miss 56% of hypertension cases in severely preeclamptic women

Hypertension during pregnancy is far from a rarity, but in women with severe preeclampsia, the diagnosis could be both cloaked and fatal, new research published in Hypertension suggests.

Long-term breastfeeding lowers mothers' risk of hypertension

It might be a tall order, but breastfeeding more than five children, as well as breastfeeding for a cumulative eight years, can dramatically lower a mother’s chance of developing hypertension, a pair of researchers found in a study of more than 3,000 postmenopausal women.

Newly reported rates of diabetes, hypertension ‘a call to action’ for India

The prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in India is rising, with high numbers across the country and climbing rates among younger demographics, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine this week.

Even moderate alcohol intake can raise blood pressure

Previous studies have supported the presence of a J-curve regarding the relationship between cardiovascular risk and alcohol intake—light to moderate consumption may have a protective effect, but excessive drinking is associated with progressively higher risk. But when it comes to developing high blood pressure, any amount of alcohol increases risk, researchers reported in PLOS One.

1st BP screening correctly diagnoses hypertension in less than half of children

An action as simple as double-checking a child’s blood pressure during a routine pediatric visit could save thousands of dollars and misdiagnoses, researchers reported this month in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

Fear of deportation puts Latinas at increased risk for heart disease

The stress put upon Latinas by increased police presence in their communities, threats of deportation and shifting federal immigration law could be leading to poor cardiovascular health in minority communities across the U.S., a study published this week in Annals of Behavioral Medicine suggests.

Simplifying refill process boosts medication adherence for CVD patients

Pharmacy programs allowing Medicare beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease (CVD) to pick up all of their medications at once were associated with a boost in adherence, particularly for those with low baseline adherence, according to a study published in the January edition of Health Affairs.

In wake of new BP guidelines, cardiologists ask: Is anyone still healthy?

A pair of cardiologists wrote an editorial expressing concern with the updated blood pressure guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association in November.

Study spotlights cardiovascular benefits of sauna use

A research group from the University of Eastern Finland has published a series of studies demonstrating regular sauna bathing may be associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group’s latest work, published Dec. 21 in the Journal of Human Hypertension, highlights the physiological mechanisms through which sauna use may provide these benefits.

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