Hypertension

Among 477,516 people in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health system who were treated for high blood pressure, those who reached systolic blood pressure below 110 mm Hg at any point during a one-year period were twice as likely to faint or fall as patients who remained above that threshold.

Researchers are cautioning physicians to be wary when prescribing antibiotics to hypertensive patients after a study published in Physiological Genomics found individual genetic makeup can significantly affect how a person’s blood pressure reacts to common drugs like vancomycin and minocycline.

Simply cranking up the thermostat a few degrees may help people manage their blood pressure, suggests new research in the Journal of Hypertension.

Two researchers with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore believe community-based organizations (CBOs) must become involved to adequately address food insecurity among high-risk Medicaid patients.

A recent study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research found that black men were significantly more likely to follow through with preventive cardiovascular screening when they were seen by a black doctor versus a white or an Asian physician.

A new study published in European Heart Journal found patients with stable or controlled coronary artery disease (CAD) who have a diastolic blood pressure reading of 80-89 mmHg may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). A systolic blood pressure reading of 130-139 mmHg was not associated with an increased risk for CVD.

Patients who were prescribed a single pill with low doses of three antihypertensive medications reached their blood pressure (BP) targets more often than those following a usual care plan, according to a randomized trial of 700 individuals from the Sri Lankan public health system.

Sodium intake is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) only in communities where the average intake is more than five grams per day, according to an update of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study published in The Lancet.

New preliminary research suggests young women who exhibit obesity may have heart complications during and after pregnancy, including changes in heart structure and function—potentially leading to preeclampsia. Findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions.

Moderately elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure (SBP) that persist for a long time are just as dangerous as very elevated values over a shorter timeframe, according to a new study published in PLOS One.

Smoking hookah for 30 minutes causes changes in arterial stiffness similar to what’s seen after someone smokes a cigarette, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Intensive blood pressure lowering helped reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a substudy from the SPRINT trial presented last week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.