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Helping Doctors Spot Who's Not Taking Their Blood Pressure Meds

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THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 – A simple urine test for people with high blood pressure could help doctors determine if patients aren't taking their medication as directed or whether their body isn't respond to treatment, a new study suggests. Using this test, British researchers found one-quarter of more than 200 patients weren't following medication orders. The urine screening could help prevent unnecessary tests and procedures for high blood pressure that appears resistant to treatment but really isn't, the study said. The study was published online April 3 in the journal Heart. "A majority of these patients in any secondary/tertiary care center would routinely undergo many additional tests and procedures in search of the explanation for their apparent unresponsiveness to standard therapy prescribed in primary care," the researchers wrote in a journal news release. The study involved 208 ... Read more

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CDC Salt Guidelines Too Low for Good Health, Study Suggests

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 – Don't toss out your salt shaker just yet: A new analysis from Denmark finds current recommended salt guidelines may be too low. The new research indicates that Americans consume a healthy amount of salt, even though daily averages exceed recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "For most people, there is no reason to change their dietary habits concerning salt, as most people eat what appears to be the safest amount," said review author Dr. Niels Graudal, a senior consultant at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. For the study, published April 2 in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers analyzed 25 prior studies. They found that low levels of salt consumption may be linked with a greater risk of death. The study actually shows that both too much salt and too little are harmful, said Graudal. "Salt intake ... Read more

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Take Millions of Americans Off Meds

Posted 30 Mar 2014 by

SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 – About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released controversial guidelines that relaxed blood pressure goals in adults 60 and older from 140/90 to 150/90. The guidelines also eased blood pressure targets for adults with diabetes and kidney disease. In this study, researchers used blood pressure data collected from more than 16,000 Americans between 2005 and 2010 to assess the impact of the revised guidelines. The proportion of adults considered eligible for medication to treat high blood pressure would fall from about 41 percent to 32 percent, the authors concluded in the study published online March 29 in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented Saturday at the American ... Read more

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Keeping Blood Pressure Low Halves Risk of Second Stroke: Study

Posted 27 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 – Controlling blood pressure after suffering a stroke can reduce the odds of having another stroke by more than half, a new study finds. But fewer than one-third of patients maintain a consistently low blood pressure more than 75 percent of the time, according to the two-year study. "This study showed that consistency of blood pressure control is an important factor influencing risk of another stroke, heart attack or death from vascular causes," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Amytis Towfighi. Key lifestyle changes and at-home blood pressure monitoring might help these people avoid another stroke, said Towfighi, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Blood pressure varies, Towfighi said, and getting a decent blood pressure reading at an occasional checkup might not be enough for your doctor ... Read more

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Doctors Really Do Raise Your Blood Pressure

Posted 26 Mar 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 – Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds. This link between doctors and higher blood pressure readings is known as the "white coat effect," and is believed to be the result of patients being more nervous when examined by a physician. This effect has been noted in a number of previous studies, but this new paper is the first to confirm it, according to the study authors. The investigators analyzed data from more than 1,000 people who had blood pressure readings taken by both doctors and nurses during the same visit. The readings taken by doctors were significantly higher than those taken by nurses, the study authors found. The findings, published in the current issue of the British Journal of General Practice, should lead to changes in the way blood pressure readings are taken, ... Read more

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Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems Later

Posted 19 Mar 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 – People who develop type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age appear more likely to suffer brain damage that can contribute to dementia as they grow older, a new study finds. Diabetes might actually shrink the brain over a long period of time, reducing the size of crucial areas like the hippocampus, which plays an important role in short- and long-term memory, according to the study. Additionally, diabetes and high blood pressure both seem to increase a person's risk of micro-strokes and other damage to the blood vessels that feed the brain, the study authors said. "People who had diabetes earlier in life had much worse brain [structure] than those who had it later in life," said lead author Dr. Rosebud Roberts, a Mayo Clinic researcher. "These scans are showing us that cognitive impairment happens over a long period of time. The earlier you ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure Common, Often Untreated in U.S. Hispanics: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 – High blood pressure often is untreated in U.S. Hispanics, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke, new research finds. Hispanics are nearly as likely as whites to have high blood pressure, but less likely to have it under control, said study researcher Paul Sorlie, chief of the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The findings, published March 13 in the American Journal of Hypertension, solidify what other research has found and also add valuable information, Sorlie said. His team evaluated more than 16,000 men and women of Hispanic origin enrolled in a large study that began in 2008. Participants were between 18 and 74 years old and lived in New York City, Chicago, Miami or San Diego. In terms of blood pressure prevalence and control, "all Hispanics are not alike," Sorlie said. Cubans, Puerto Ricans and ... Read more

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Even Slightly Higher Blood Pressure May Raise Stroke Risk: Study

Posted 12 Mar 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 – High blood pressure has long been pegged as a risk factor for stroke, but a new analysis suggests that even slightly elevated blood pressure levels raise the odds of suffering a stroke. The sweeping review analyzed data from 760,000 study participants who were followed for up to 36 years. The researchers found that people with "prehypertension" – higher-than-optimal blood pressure not officially defined as high blood pressure – were 66 percent more likely to experience a stroke than those with normal blood pressure. "This meta-analysis confirms evidence from many studies, and I think it continues to warn physicians and the public that more vigorous control of blood pressure is important for reducing stroke risk," said Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "The ... Read more

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Diet to Reduce Blood Pressure May Also Stave Off Kidney Stones

Posted 3 Mar 2014 by

SATURDAY, March 1, 2014 – A diet originally designed to lower blood pressure may also be effective for preventing kidney stones, according to a new study. Researchers say a diet based on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan is more practical and less restrictive for people who must watch what they eat for the prevention and treatment of kidney stones. The diet typically recommended to prevent kidney stones is low in "oxalate." Most kidney stones are formed when oxalate binds to calcium while the kidneys make urine. However, high levels of oxalate are found in many nutritious foods, such as beets, navy beans, bulgur, kale, almonds, sweet potatoes, rice bran, rhubarb and spinach, the researchers pointed out. "Previous studies have recommended that those with kidney stones follow a low-oxalate diet to reduce one's chances of forming another stone," Dr. Kerry ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Meds May Raise Risk of Serious Falls for Seniors

Posted 24 Feb 2014 by

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 – Seniors who take drugs to lower their blood pressure may be more likely to fall and end up with a broken hip or head injury, Yale University researchers report. Side effects of blood pressure medications include dizziness and problems with balance, the study authors noted. Older adults taking these drugs were 30 percent to 40 percent more likely to suffer a serious injury following a fall than those who did not take these drugs. The risk was more than double among those who had suffered a similar injury previously, the researchers added. Given the higher risks for illness and death after serious falls, "the potential harms versus benefits of blood pressure medications should be weighed in deciding how aggressively to treat high blood pressure in older adults," said lead researcher Dr. Mary Tinetti, a professor of medicine and public health at Yale. Death and ... Read more

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Doctors Slower to Prescribe High Blood Pressure Meds to Younger Patients

Posted 24 Feb 2014 by

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 – Doctors wait longer to prescribe blood pressure drugs to young adults than to older patients, a new study finds. This is true even among young adults who've had high blood pressure for an average of 20 months, according to the researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. They analyzed data from more than 10,000 people aged 18 and older who visited a large Midwestern practice from 2008 to 2011. Doctors were 44 percent slower in starting patients aged 18 to 39 on high blood pressure drugs than they were for patients aged 60 and older. The study was published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. "Even with regular primary care contact and continued elevated blood pressure, young adults had slower rates of [high blood pressure] medication initiation than middle-aged and older adults," study leader Dr. ... Read more

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More Americans Getting High Blood Pressure Under Control: CDC

Posted 12 Feb 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 – Efforts to help millions of Americans battling high blood pressure may be succeeding, but much more work needs to be done, U.S. health officials report. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two-thirds (64 percent) of people with high blood pressure had the problem "under control" during 2012, the latest year for which figures are available. The agency defined "controlled" blood pressure as readings at or below 140 mm Hg/90 mm Hg. But that still falls short of the 70 percent goal that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "Million Hearts" campaign set for 2017. "An estimated 46,000 deaths could be avoided annually if 70 percent of patients with high blood pressure were treated according to published guidelines," wrote a team led by Milesh Patel of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Could Mean Heart Trouble in Middle Age

Posted 4 Feb 2014 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 – Twenty-somethings with even mildly elevated blood pressure may face an increased risk of clogged heart arteries by middle age, a long-term U.S. study finds. The study, which tracked nearly 4,700 people, found that even "pre-hypertension" in young adulthood was linked to a higher risk of calcium buildup in the heart arteries 25 years later. Experts said the findings send a message to young adults: Know your blood pressure numbers and, if needed, change your lifestyle to get them in the normal range. "What you do as a young adult matters," said lead researcher Norrina Allen, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "We shouldn't wait until middle-age to address blood pressure." That same message goes for doctors, too, Allen added. "Many doctors might not think a small elevation in blood ... Read more

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Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure: Study

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 20 – Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why. What they found is that nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to widen as the oxide moves into the bloodstream. That, in turn, lowers blood pressure. "This is an unexpected finding, in that the skin has not been considered to be involved in blood pressure regulation," said lead researcher Martin Feelisch, a professor of experimental medicine and integrative biology at the University of Southampton. Feelisch said he thinks – if this finding is confirmed in further research – exposure to ultraviolet light might help reduce the risk for heart disease. "That's where it becomes interesting," he said. Among people with normal blood pressure, the effect of ultraviolet light is modest – a drop in blood pressure of ... Read more

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Green Tea May Interfere With a Blood Pressure Medicine

Posted 13 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 13, 2014 – Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after they had consumed either water or about three cups of green tea daily for 14 days. When researchers tested blood levels of the drug, they were 76 percent lower in the group that drank green tea compared to the water-drinking group. According to study's authors, that means that "patients treated with nadolol should avoid taking green tea." They published the findings online Jan. 13 in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, The researchers include Shingen Misaka at Fukushima Medical University in Japan and other universities in Germany, Japan and Italy. "Individuals who take nadolol and also consume green tea should be aware of this potential ... Read more

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