Hypertension

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.

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, 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.

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).

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 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.

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.

It’s time to turn up the heat—scientists in Finland have released evidence that frequent sauna bathing can decrease risk factors for men diagnosed with hypertension.