Hypertension

The 2017 U.S. hypertension guidelines rightly recommend lifestyle modifications for a large proportion of patients with high blood pressure, noted the authors of a new editorial, but those guidelines fall short in addressing exactly how to facilitate those changes.

Hypertensive patients who had periventricular white matter abnormalities progress from one brain scan to the next showed a six-fold increased risk of mild cognitive impairment, researchers reported Jan. 4 in Hypertension.

Omron Healthcare opened its latest product, a wearable blood pressure cuff that dually acts as a smartwatch, to presales Dec. 20 ahead of the device’s official launch in January 2019.

The impressive blood pressure reductions seen among hypertensive black men participating in a barbershop-based intervention were sustained through one year, according to a follow-up study published Dec. 17 in Circulation.

Amazon has teamed up with product developer Omron Healthcare to integrate its Alexa voice assistant with Omron’s family of blood pressure monitors, CNBC reported. The move is expected to help heart patients better manage their BP.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is cost-saving across nearly all age groups, regardless of whether patients are found to have hypertension on the initial screening, according to a study published in Hypertension.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals expanded its voluntary drug recall to include all unexpired valsartan-containing products in the U.S., the FDA announced Dec. 4. The action joins a host of other recalls over the last few months related to carcinogenic impurities being found in angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), a class of medications used to treat hypertension and heart failure.

Contrary to U.S. guidelines, early action against high BP in patients exhibiting signs of hypertension doesn’t reduce their risk of heart disease later in life, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal Nov. 21.

Smoke-free policies in public places like bars and restaurants were linked to lower systolic blood pressures (SBPs) among participants from the longitudinal CARDIA study, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Just 45 minutes of chatting with a second-year medical student could improve disease management among patients with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

A study of two neighboring communities living in the remote Venezuelan rainforest is poking holes in the idea that blood pressure inevitably increases with age.

A third blood pressure drug has been recalled over a carcinogenic impurity, the FDA announced Nov. 8.