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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Childhood cancer survivors 70% likely to develop hypertension as adults

Childhood cancer patients are more than twice as likely to develop hypertension as older adults, according to a study published this week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Class of cancer drugs could also treat hypertension

A class of drugs designed to inhibit cancer growth could have a dual application as blood pressure monitors, according to research out of Georgetown University.

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.