Hypertension

A combination of team-based care, non-physician guidance and clinical treatment could be an important means of diminishing global rates of uncontrolled hypertension, research out of Tulane University suggests.

A team of Japanese researchers has developed a cuffless blood pressure-measuring device that requires only a small sensor on the index finger. They believe the device could lead to a “paradigm shift” in how blood pressure (BP) is monitored, potentially replacing the cuff-based techniques that have been the gold standard for the last 120 years.

Results from a recently published study suggest blood pressure begins to decline up to 18 years before death, with the sharpest dip occurring in the final two years.

A secondary analysis of the decades-old DASH-Sodium trial found the popular DASH diet, combined with a reduced sodium intake, successfully lowered systolic blood pressure in a hypertension-prone population, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg has been associated with improved outcomes in hypertensive patients who previously suffered a stroke, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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.

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, 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.

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.