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Childhood Malnutrition Linked to High Blood Pressure Later in Life: Study

Posted 30 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 – Young children who are severely malnourished may be at greater risk for having high blood pressure later in life, new research suggests. Poor nutrition starting before birth to the age of 5 may affect the development of the heart, the study authors reported. "If nutritional needs are not met during this time, when structures of the body are highly susceptible to potentially irreversible change, it could have long-term consequences on heart anatomy and blood flow later in life," study senior author Terrence Forrester, UWI Solutions for Developing Countries at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, said in an American Heart Association news release. "We are concerned that millions of people globally who suffer malnutrition before or after birth are at increased risk of hypertension in later life," Forrester said. However, it's important to note that while ... Read more

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to High Blood Pressure

Posted 28 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 – Low levels of vitamin D may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a new study. Previous research has suggested a strong link between low levels of vitamin D and high blood pressure, but a direct cause-and-effect relationship has not been shown. Vitamin D is nicknamed the sunshine vitamin because the body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. People also get vitamin D through foods such as eggs, milk, yogurt, tuna, salmon, cereal and orange juice. In the new study, researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 146,500 people of European descent in Europe and North America. For each 10 percent increase in vitamin D levels, there was an 8 percent decrease in the risk of developing high blood pressure (or "hypertension"). The study was published online June 25 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. "In view of the costs and side effects ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 – If you decide to quickly check your blood pressure while you're out shopping this summer, know that your reading might not be accurate if the cuff is too small or too large for your arm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These blood-pressure kiosks are available in many public places, such as pharmacies, grocery and retail stores, gyms, airports and hair salons. While they're convenient, they may not be right for you. "They are easily accessible and easy to use. But it's misleading to think that the devices are appropriate for everybody. They are not one-size-fits-all," Luke Herbertson, a biomedical engineer at the FDA, said in an agency news release. A too-small cuff will give you a higher blood pressure reading, while a too-large cuff may give you an inaccurate low blood pressure result, or may not work at all, according to the news release. Having ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Sometimes Be Overtreated: Study

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 16, 2014 – Lower is not necessarily better when it comes to treating high blood pressure, researchers report. It appears that reducing systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) provides no additional benefits for people with high blood pressure, according to new findings from a two-decades-long study of heart disease risk. This could mean fewer medications for people who have gotten their high blood pressure within the "normal" range of 120 to 139, said lead author Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, associate professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We were a little surprised by the findings," Rodriguez said. "I was expecting that there would be sort of a linear relationship between blood pressure and cardiovascular health outcomes. But the relationship leveled off once systolic blood pressure dropped below ... Read more

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Spats, Conflicts Can Raise a Woman's Blood Pressure

Posted 10 Jun 2014 by

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 – It goes without saying that being aggravated, criticized, annoyed or disappointed by friends or family members can be stressful. But new research suggests that negative social interactions may actually harm the health of middle-aged women by triggering a long-term jump in blood pressure. However, the dynamic was not seen among men or among women aged 65 and older in the study. Study author Rodlescia Sneed, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said the conclusion that negative social interactions seem to affect some women but not men "is consistent with previous research showing that women are more sensitive to the quality of their relationships than men are." But why not older women? "The literature suggests that as people get older, they hone their social networks in order to focus on the relationships that are most ... Read more

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Snoring, High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Raise Apnea Risk

Posted 4 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 – Pregnant women with high blood pressure who also snore are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a new study suggests. Researchers cautioned that these women should be screened for the sleep disorder, to avoid complications during pregnancy and delivery. "Hypertensive pregnant women who report snoring should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea since sleep apnea can be treated during pregnancy," study author Louise O'Brien, an associate professor at the University of Michigan's Sleep Disorders Center, said in a university news release. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology at the U-M medical school. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can cause blood oxygen levels to drop during the night. The telltale sign of this condition is snoring during the night. Obstructive sleep apnea affects up to ... Read more

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Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain Function in Old Age

Posted 4 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 – For years, doctors have preached that the lower the blood pressure, the better for preventing heart disease and stroke. But a new study suggests that having low blood pressure in later years may be linked with worse memory, at least in those diagnosed with high blood pressure in middle age. On the other hand, researchers linked high blood pressure in later life with greater risk of brain lesions for people who didn't have high blood pressure in their middle years. Brain lesions indicate damage and boost stroke risk. "Our findings bring new insight into the relationship between a history of high blood pressure, blood pressure in old age, the effects of blood pressure on brain structure, and memory and thinking," said study researcher Lenore Launer, chief of neuroepidemiology at the U.S. National Institute on Aging. History of high blood pressure appears to be ... Read more

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Heart Risks Depend on Which Blood Pressure Number Is High: Study

Posted 30 May 2014 by

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 – When you have high blood pressure, exactly what type of increased heart risk you face may be determined by which number in your blood pressure reading is high, new research shows. In a blood pressure reading, systolic pressure is the top number and diastolic pressure is the bottom number. People with higher systolic blood pressure had a greater risk of bleeding strokes and stable angina (chest pain), while those with higher diastolic blood pressure were more likely to be diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an overstretched, weakened section in the body's main artery, that occurs in the belly. If it bursts, it can cause serious bleeding and even death. To reach their conclusion, researchers analyzed the health records of more than 1 million people in England who were aged 30 and older and who did not have heart disease. ... Read more

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More Americans Working to Control Blood Pressure, Cholesterol: CDC

Posted 29 May 2014 by

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 – Although more Americans are trying to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, more needs to be done to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in the United States, government health officials said Thursday. Each year, about 1.5 million people in the United States have a heart attack or stroke, killing many and leaving others with lingering disability, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, a program that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2016. A report looking at the early effects of the effort was published May 30 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The news was not as good as officials had hoped. "Although trends in the Million Hearts measures are encouraging, additional efforts by ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection 100 MG/20 ML (5MG/ML), 20 ML, Multidose Vial by Hospira: Recall - Visible Particulates

Posted 18 May 2014 by

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc. will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall to the user level for one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL (5 mg/mL) 20 mL Multidose Vial, NDC 0409-2267-20, Lot 36-225-DD, Expiration 12/01/2015. The recall is due to embedded particulate within the glass vial and visible particles floating in the solution. There is the potential for product to come into contact with embedded particles and the particles may become dislodged into the solution. The embedded particulate was identified as stainless steel and the floating particulate as iron oxide. Blocked administration of the drug to the patient, causing a delay in therapy is possible. However, due to the size of the particulates identified, it is more likely that particulates are able to pass through the catheter and may cause injection site reactions and local irritation in the blood vessels, ... Read more

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People With High Blood Pressure Often Have a 'Salt Tooth'

Posted 16 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 – High salt intake is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and stroke, so experts say it's concerning that a new study finds people with high blood pressure tend to prefer saltier foods. The findings from this small, preliminary trial do suggest that people with raised blood pressure are often "salt-seeking," said Dr. William White, current president of the American Society of Hypertension (ASH). But the study also offers these people a tasty alternative, "by adding nonsalt spices to food," White said. He added that "it is important to know that alternative spices could reduce sodium [salt] intake and potentially lower blood pressure." The findings are scheduled for presentation Friday in New York City at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension. Experts from ASH note that high blood pressure is commonly referred to as the "silent killer," ... Read more

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Using Internet, Apps to Manage Blood Pressure Has Dangers: Study

Posted 16 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 – People who turn to the Internet or iPhone apps for help in controlling their blood pressure may be led astray in some cases, two preliminary studies suggest. In one study, researchers who did a sweep of YouTube videos on high blood pressure found that one-third offered "misleading" information. Most often, that meant the video advocated supplements or other alternative therapies that haven't been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. "It's quite concerning," said lead researcher Dr. Nilay Kumar, who is scheduled to present the findings Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in New York City. "The videos that were misleading seemed to get a lot more hits than the videos from authoritative sources," said Kumar, a physician with the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts. Those authoritative sources included the American ... Read more

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Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.

Posted 14 May 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 – Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications. Among adults, the most common prescription drugs are for cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Those are two of several key findings in the federal government's annual comprehensive report on the nation's health that was released Wednesday. The relationship between Americans and their prescriptions is complex, according to the report produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the one hand, more people than ever are receiving effective treatment for chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and depression. But doctors and pharmacists also find themselves struggling with unintended consequences of drug use, such as prescription narcotics abuse and the ... Read more

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Fitness May Help Older Men With High Blood Pressure Live Longer

Posted 12 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 – Getting more fit might reduce the risk of death for elderly men with high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Compared to the least-fit men, those who had the highest levels of fitness had nearly half the risk of death. For men in the low-fitness category, the risk of dying was 18 percent lower. And, men in the moderate-fitness category had a 36 percent lower death risk, according to the study. A moderate "level of fitness is achievable by most elderly individuals engaging in a brisk walk of 20 to 40 minutes, most days of the week," lead author Dr. Charles Faselis, a professor of medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said in a news release from the journal Hypertension. Researchers used a standard treadmill test to assess the fitness of more than 2,100 men, 70 and older, with high blood pressure. They were classified as being least-fit, ... Read more

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Implanted Device Lowers Blood Pressure in Rat Study

Posted 8 May 2014 by

THURSDAY, May 8, 2014 – Scientists have developed a device that, when implanted in rats, lowers their blood pressure by sending electrical signals to the brain. The surgically implanted device reduced blood pressure in the animals by 40 percent and did not cause any major side effects, according to a study published May 9 in the Journal of Neural Engineering. The creators of the device said it could one day offer a new option for people with high blood pressure who do not respond to existing treatments. The device is a cuff that wraps around the vagal nerve, which extends from the brainstem to the thorax and abdomen. The nerve stimulates major blood vessels, the heart and other organs. The device affects only vagal nerve fibers that influence blood pressure, the researchers noted in a news release from the Institute of Physics. In rats, the device lowered blood pressure but did not ... Read more

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