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.

Beta hydroxybutyrate—a ketone body produced in the liver—could be key to regulating hypertension in heart patients who aren’t able to exercise, according to research out of the University of Toledo.

CMS is reconsidering its reimbursement practices for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) at the request of the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association, which authored a joint letter urging the agency to cover ABPM for a broader range of indications.

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included ambient noise from leisure-time activities in its guidelines on how cumulative exposure to high volumes can lead to health problems, including stress, hypertension and heart disease.

A report published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found a faith-based program in traditionally black churches was able to lower systolic blood pressure among attendants by an average 5.8 mm Hg—a result that more typical public education programs failed to replicate.

Three days’ worth of home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) data is enough to confirm a diagnosis of clinical hypertension and initiate treatment, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Adherence to a “Southern diet” may be the biggest driver of racial disparities in hypertension rates among black and white adults in the U.S., according to a prospective cohort study published Oct. 2 in JAMA.

Women who suffer from peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) will likely be clinically asymptomatic seven years after they give birth, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association Oct. 3—but it’s also likely they’ll develop enduring diastolic dysfunction and reduced exercise capacity in the same window.

The consequences of sexual harassment and assault—the former of which up to 81 percent of women say they’ve experienced at some point in their lifetime—aren’t just mental, according to a study presented at the North American Menopause Society symposium in San Diego. They’re also physical, putting women at a higher risk for hypertension and sleep disorders.