Hypertension

Exposure to blue light could decrease an individual’s systolic blood pressure by as much as 8 mm Hg in just half an hour, researchers report in a study co-led by the University of Surrey, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Philips.

It’s not just what people eat—but when—that may influence their risk of developing prediabetes and high blood pressure, according to preliminary research scheduled to be presented Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Climbing rates of violent crime could trigger blood pressure (BP) spikes within nearby communities—particularly among individuals living in what are considered “safe” neighborhoods—according to a study of 50,000 adults living in Chicago.

Low-risk patients with mild hypertension derived no protective benefit from blood pressure drugs over 5.8 years of follow-up but had an increased risk of adverse effects potentially related to the medication, researchers reported in a new study.

ScieGen Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall of the blood pressure drug irbesartan after lab testing revealed a carcinogenic impurity, the FDA announced in a MedWatch Safety Alert.

A study out of Binghamton University in New York suggests heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) respond to environmental demands by undergoing allostasis rather than homeostasis, adding further evidence to a hypothesis scientists have mulled for years.

Low blood pressure (BP) and weight loss could signal an impending diagnosis of dementia, while elevated blood glucose levels may represent a consistent risk factor for the condition, according to a 14-year study published in the October issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

A therapeutic vaccine developed in Japan could work as well as oral antithrombotic drugs to prevent secondary ischemic stroke, according to preliminary research published Oct. 29 in Hypertension.

Cardiac MRI can accurately diagnose pulmonary hypertension (PH) without the invasiveness of right-sided heart catheterization (RHC), suggests a new study published in Radiology.

Managing their high blood pressure is the best way patients with diabetes can avoid hypertensive emergencies, according to research published in Clinical and Experimental Hypertension this fall.

Good oral health—in particular a lack of periodontal disease—has been linked to lower systolic blood pressure and a better chance at successful antihypertensive therapy in patients with high BP, according to research published Oct. 22 in Hypertension.

A year after its launch, the American Heart Association and American Medical Association’s joint Target: BP Recognition Program, an effort to reduce the rate of uncontrolled hypertension in the U.S., has reached 802 members, the organizations announced this week.