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.
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.
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.
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.