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Could PMS Raise Women's Risk for High Blood Pressure?

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Millions of women suffer through premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and now new research suggests that those with moderate-to-severe PMS may be at heightened risk for high blood pressure later in life. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the finding may mean that "women with PMS should be screened for adverse changes in blood pressure and future risk of hypertension," wrote a team led by Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, an epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The investigators tracked nearly 1,260 women who developed clinically significant PMS between 1991 and 2005, as well as more than 2,400 women with mild PMS. Both groups were followed until 2011. Women with moderate-to-severe PMS were 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure than those with mild or no PMS symptoms, the researchers found. This higher risk remained after ... Read more

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Nearly Half of Americans With High Blood Pressure Not Controlling It: CDC

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THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Nearly half of Americans with high blood pressure are not properly controlling their condition, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new government report shows. About 47 percent of people with high blood pressure have not brought their numbers to a normal range, through either lifestyle changes or medications, according to data published Nov. 12 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's actually a huge improvement: Back in 1999, more than 68 percent did not have their blood pressure under control, the report found. But it's far short of the federal Healthy People 2020 goal, which calls for fewer than 40 percent of people with high blood pressure to have it uncontrolled by that date, according to the CDC researchers. Experts agreed that the problem is still significant. "I don't think we have enough positive ... Read more

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Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – The heart health of football players might depend on the position they play, with linemen facing a greater risk for certain heart problems compared with their other teammates, a new Harvard study suggests. College football linemen tended to have higher blood pressure than other players, along with an increase in the thickness of their heart muscle wall, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lin, a former cardiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Over the course of just one season, there was an increase in the incidence of high blood pressure among football players, and the linemen tended to be affected the most," Lin said. "They developed thicker walls of their heart muscle, and they had decreases in the function of their heart as well." These differences likely are due to the demands of a lineman position, said Lin, who is now a cardiac ... Read more

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Even Easy Exercise May Lower Blood Pressure in Those With Diabetes

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MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Just a few minutes of easy exercise daily can help lower blood pressure in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. "It appears you don't have to do very much," co-author Bronwyn Kingwell, head of metabolic and vascular physiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes in Melbourne, Australia, said in an American Heart Association news release. "We saw some marked blood pressure reductions over trial days when people did the equivalent of walking to the water cooler or some simple body-weight movements on the spot," she noted. For the study, the researchers monitored blood pressure levels in 24 overweight and obese adults as they sat for eight hours. The average age of the study participant was 62. All had type 2 diabetes. The study participants took brief breaks from sitting, and either walked slowly for three minutes or did three ... Read more

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Lower Blood Pressure Target Could Save Lives: Study

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MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Millions of Americans could avoid heart disease if doctors controlled their high blood pressure more aggressively than previously recommended, a groundbreaking study contends. The SPRINT trial has revealed that a target systolic blood pressure of 120 reduces by about one-quarter the rate of death, heart attack, heart failure and stroke, compared with the currently recommended target pressures of 140 for people under age 60 and 150 for seniors. "This is, in my view, the most important blood pressure study of the last 40 years," Dr. Dan Jones, a past president of the American Heart Association, said during a presentation on SPRINT Monday at the association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The final results were also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to coincide with the meeting presentation. Systolic pressure is the top of the two blood pressure ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers reported. The findings provide new evidence to support previous research suggesting a link between rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of early death, and they point to the need for doctors to closely monitor these patients, the study authors said. However, the study only showed an association, and not a cause-and-effect relationship, between rheumatoid arthritis and risk of premature death. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and swelling. ... Read more

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Severe Combat Injuries Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases

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MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – U.S. soldiers who've suffered severe combat injuries are at high risk for chronic diseases, according to a new study. "The more severely a service member is injured, the more likely they are to develop a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and hardening of the arteries," study lead author Major Ian Stewart, a researcher at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California, said in a news release from the American Heart Association. The study included more than 3,800 soldiers injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. All received scores ranging from 1 to 75 based on the severity of their wounds. The higher the score, the worse the injuries. The researchers found that for every five-point increase in injury score, the risk of high blood pressure rose 6 percent; coronary artery disease ... Read more

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Cutting Sugar From Diet Boosts Kids' Health Immediately: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Cutting most of the sugar from a child's diet can immediately improve health, even if the diet still contains the same amount of calories and carbohydrates as before, a new study suggests. Researchers put a group of 43 obese kids on a nine-day diet that severely restricted sugar intake, but replaced added sugars with starchy foods to maintain the children's intake of calories and carbs. That diet caused immediate reductions in their high blood pressure and improvement in their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, the investigators found. "Every aspect of their metabolic health got better, with no change in calories," said study author Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. "This study definitively shows that sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight. Rather, ... Read more

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Chronic Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Risk of Kidney Disease

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – A common type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to be linked with increased risk of chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. While the current studies have shown an association between these drugs and the development of chronic kidney disease, they did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Still, the lead author of one of the studies believes, "It is very reasonable to assume that PPIs themselves can cause chronic kidney disease," said Dr. Pradeep Arora, a nephrologist and associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science in Buffalo, N.Y. "Patients should only use PPIs for [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved indications, and ... Read more

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Truckers' Fatigue, Cellphones Boost Their Crash Risk: Study

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – Fatigue, the use of cellphones and troubling blood pressure readings are factors that might increase a truck driver's risk of an accident, new research suggests. Long-haul truck driving is among the most dangerous of jobs: Each year, truck drivers in the United States are involved in about 250,000 crashes, the researchers said. Between 1 percent and 2 percent of those accidents result in deaths, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Conditions that are characteristic to a truck drivers' job may be putting them in danger," study author Matthew Thiese, an assistant professor of family and preventative medicine at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, said in a university news release. "Being able to understand associations with crash risk, and bringing attention to them, will hopefully one day ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Newborn Heart Defects

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Babies born to moms with a pregnancy complication called pre-eclampsia may have a heightened risk of heart defects, a large new study finds. The Canadian researchers stressed that the risk is still very low: More serious heart defects were seen in only about 0.1 percent of newborns whose mothers had pre-eclampsia. And the findings, reported Oct. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, do not prove that pre-eclampsia actually causes those heart problems. Instead, the results suggest that pre-eclampsia and congenital heart defects share some underlying biological causes, explained Dr. Siobhan Dolan, medical advisor to the nonprofit March of Dimes. "That's why this study is important," said Dolan, who is also a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City. Dr. Nathalie Auger, the lead researcher on ... Read more

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Stereotypes Can Hurt a Patient's Care

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TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Patients who fear being judged by health care providers have worse health than others, researchers report. The study of 1,500 Americans found more than 17 percent felt vulnerable to being negatively viewed by health care providers because of their race, gender, social class, age or weight. These people were more likely to have high blood pressure, depression and to rate their health worse. They were also more likely to distrust doctors, express dissatisfaction with their care and avoid preventive care, including flu vaccination, the study found. "It's time for us to implement policies that enhance medical school training in cultural competency and increase the diversity of our physicians and broader health care workforce," said study author Cleopatra Abdou, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at University of Southern California Davis School ... Read more

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Men's, Women's Hearts Age Differently

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TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – The heart ages differently for women and men. And this suggests a possible need for gender-specific treatments, according to a study published Oct. 20 in the journal Radiology. "The shape of the heart changes over time in both men and women, but the patterns of change are different. Men's hearts tend to get heavier and the amount of blood they hold is less, while women's hearts don't get heavier," study author Dr. John Eng, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a journal news release. Researchers used MRIs to examine the hearts of nearly 3,000 people without heart disease in the United States. The participants underwent another MRI about 10 years later, when they were aged 54 to 94 years. Both women and men had decreases in the volume of their left ventricle, the chamber of the heart that pumps blood throughout the body. ... Read more

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Confirm High Blood Pressure Outside Doctor's Office, U.S. Task Force Says

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – High blood pressure levels should generally be confirmed with home or ambulatory blood pressure monitoring before starting treatment for hypertension, a new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation says. Many factors can affect blood pressure readings, such as stress, physical activity and caffeine or nicotine, the USPSTF said. And, some people experience "white-coat hypertension" – an increase in blood pressure at the doctor's office from stress – when having their blood pressure taken. All of these factors can make it hard to tell if someone really has high blood pressure, the researchers said. That's why the Task Force recommends confirming a diagnosis of high blood pressure, or hypertension, before starting treatment, unless someone has very high blood pressure that needs to be treated right away. "For most patients, elevated blood ... Read more

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Slow Progress on Curbing Wasteful, 'Low-Value' Health Care Practices: Study

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MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – As health care budgets get tighter across the United States, there's been a renewed focus on ridding the system of procedures that give patients little real benefit for the time and money spent. Now, a new study suggests that the use of at least three health care services deemed to be "low value" have dropped over the past few years. However, there were only slight decreases – and even increases – in the use of many other low-value services, the report found. In 2009, the National Physicians Alliance piloted an effort called the Choosing Wisely Campaign, aimed at cutting overuse and waste out of the health care system. The campaign lists hundreds of widely used medical practices and procedures that experts say are of little clinical good to patients. In the new study, a team led by Abiy Agiro, of HealthCore in Wilmington, Del., examined seven health services ... Read more

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