Hypertension

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.

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.