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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.

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


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Hypertensive women in their 40s more likely to develop dementia later in life

Women who develop hypertension in their 40s are up to 73 percent more likely to suffer from dementia later in life than normotensive counterparts, recent research published in Neurology states, while men with high blood pressure don’t see an increased risk at all.

Community health efforts improve quality of life for low-income hypertensive patients

Knowledge and treatment of hypertension in susceptible patients might be expanding in the U.S. and other developed countries, but research has shown that trend doesn’t translate across socioeconomic borders.

Americans are self-monitoring blood pressure more often—if they're married

More Americans are monitoring their blood pressure at home, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, but those more likely to do so have partners and college degrees.

Young adults with high blood pressure could benefit from sex-specific medication

Sex-specific treatments of hypertension in teenagers and young adults might prove to be beneficial later in life, a group of Canadian scientists have found.

High blood pressure associated with organ damage in teens

Dangerous side effects of high blood pressure, including organ damage, could be affecting Americans earlier in life than previously thought, according to a new study published in Hypertension.

Pregnant women with preeclampsia as likely to develop heart disease as lifelong smokers

Preeclampsia could have a permanent, constricting effect on blood vessels of women who experience the hypertensive condition while pregnant, new research suggests.

Body weight trumps other factors in maintaining low blood pressure

A 25-year study of young adults transitioning to middle age revealed maintaining a healthy weight was more important in blood pressure control than four other health behaviors.

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy increase future risk of heart disease

New information out of an Australian research facility is cautioning pregnant women that any kind of hypertensive disorder of pregnancy during their term could result in cardiovascular complications in the future.

‘If you burn out, there’s nobody’: A family struggles with CVD, caregiver burden

Having worked with spinal injury patients for more than a decade, Anthony Gallahar knows plenty about the concept of caregiver burden.

Young adults, especially men, struggle to control hypertension

Men aged 18 to 39 lag behind other populations in awareness and treatment of high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for MI and stroke, according to research published in Hypertension.