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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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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.

Antihypertensive meds lower blood pressure, don't fix all vessel damage

Antihypertensive treatments might be effective in lowering blood pressure, but they don’t fully reverse the damage done to blood vessels and microcirculation after years of living with hypertension, a group of scientists at Lancaster University have reported in Frontiers in Physiology.

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.

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