Hypertension

The racial gap for cardiovascular health in America is narrowing, but the news isn’t as encouraging as it initially sounds. The disparity is shrinking because decreasing overall health in whites, not because of gains made by minority groups.

War injuries and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been found to double the risk for high blood pressure, according to a new study published in Hypertension on March 19.

A drug therapy containing low doses of three different blood pressure-lowering medications, also known as the “Triple Pill,” decreased blood pressure targets compared with traditional drug treatment. Researchers highlighted the efficacy of the pill when presenting their findings at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando on March 12.

Researchers may have identified a promising setting to control hypertension among black men—a group with an inordinate burden of high blood pressure and related adverse events. By bringing specialty care to the community through black-owned barbershops, Ronald G. Victor, MD, and colleagues showed substantial blood pressure reductions can be achieved within six months.

Survivors of childhood cancer are quicker to develop hypertension and high cholesterol by six and eight years, respectively, when compared to the general population, according to a study published online March 9 in the European Heart Journal.

Since the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association lowered the threshold for hypertension to 130/80 millimeters of mercury in November, cardiologists have questioned the risk-benefit balance of the new guidelines.

Women who exhibited normal blood pressure during pregnancy and breastfed children for at least six months had better cardiovascular health years later compared to women who did not breastfeed, according to new research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.

Americans with hypertension who were enrolled in employee-sponsored health insurance plans spent 18.3 percent more on healthcare in 2016 than they did in 2012, according to an issue brief released March 6 by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

Women diagnosed with preeclampsia during pregnancy are significantly more likely to develop risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a new study to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.

Self-monitoring was more useful than in-clinic blood pressure measurements for titrating antihypertensive medication, according to a randomized trial published online Feb. 27 in The Lancet. After one year, patients who underwent self-monitoring interventions showed significantly lower systolic blood pressures than those who were randomized to normal care.

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.