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High Blood Pressure May Be Worse for Women

Posted 6 Jan 2014 by

MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2014 – High blood pressure might be more dangerous for women than men, a new study suggests. As a result, women may need earlier and more aggressive treatment for the condition, the study authors said. "The medical community thought that high blood pressure was the same for both sexes, and treatment was based on that premise," lead author Dr. Carlos Ferrario, a professor of surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a medical center news release. "This is the first study to consider sex as an element in the selection of [drugs to treat high blood pressure] or base the choice of a specific drug on the various factors accounting for the elevation in blood pressure." Although deaths due to heart disease have dropped dramatically among men over the past three decades, the same is not true for women, the researchers noted. On the contrary, heart disease is a ... Read more

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Too Few Americans Aware of Their High Blood Pressure: Study

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 – High blood pressure is a preventable and treatable risk factor for heart attack and stroke, but about one-quarter of adults don't know they have it, according to a large new study. Among those who do know they have the condition, many are not likely to have it under control, said lead researcher Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson, a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville. "Despite all the progress we have made in having available treatment options, more than half of the people we studied still have uncontrolled high blood pressure," Sampson said. The study is published in the January issue of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular and Quality Outcomes. One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Any reading over 140/90 millimeters of mercury is considered high blood pressure. ... Read more

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Study Finds Black Women Most Likely to Have High Blood Pressure

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 – Black women in the United States are much more likely to have high blood pressure than black men or white women and men, according to a new study. The researchers also found that blacks are twice as likely as whites to have undiagnosed and untreated high blood pressure. "For many years, the focus for high blood pressure was on middle-aged men who smoked. Now we know better," said study author Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson, an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. For the study, which was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers examined data from 70,000 people in 12 southeastern states known as the "stroke belt." This region has higher rates of stroke than anywhere else in the United States. High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Meds May Cut Risk of Early Death in Kidney Patients: Study

Posted 16 Dec 2013 by

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Drugs that help lower blood pressure may reduce the risk of early death for people with advanced kidney disease, a new study finds. The drugs could also lower patients' odds of requiring dialysis, the researchers said. The new study out of Taiwan focused on two types of high blood pressure drugs, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). ACE inhibitors have long been a standby of blood pressure care, and include drugs such as Altace (ramipril), Vasotec (enalapril) and Lotensin (benazepril, among others). ARB medications are also used to lower blood pressure, and include medications such as Atacand (candesartan), Cozaar (losartan), and valsartan (Diovan, among others). Both classes of drugs have been known to delay the progression of chronic kidney disease in patients with and without diabetes, the ... Read more

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Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Hard-to-Control Blood Pressure

Posted 10 Dec 2013 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 10 – People with sleep apnea and hard-to-control high blood pressure may see their blood pressure drop if they treat the sleep disorder, Spanish researchers report. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, a condition characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep. The sleep disorder has been linked to high blood pressure. Patients in this study were taking three or more drugs to lower their blood pressure, in addition to having sleep apnea. Participants who used the CPAP device for 12 weeks reduced their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) and improved their overall nighttime blood pressure, the researchers found. "The prevalence of sleep apnea in patients with resistant [high blood pressure] is very high," said lead researcher Dr. Miguel-Angel Martinez-Garcia, from the Polytechnic ... Read more

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Kidney Procedure Might Help Ease Tough-to-Treat High Blood Pressure

Posted 20 Nov 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 – A new therapy may help lower tough-to-treat high blood pressure in people with chronic kidney disease, a new study finds. "Blood pressure that is difficult to control, even on multiple medications, in patients with chronic kidney disease is a significant issue," explained an expert who was not connected to the new study, Dr. Adam Auerbach. "Poorly controlled blood pressure can lead to worsening kidney function, heart disease and stroke," said Auerbach, who is a cardiologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. The new technique is called renal (kidney) denervation, and involves the interruption of a key nerve in the kidney. It is a minimally invasive, catheter-based procedure that uses radio waves to heat and remove tissue. The study included 15 people averaging 66 years of age. All had ... Read more

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Flushed Complexion After Drinking Could Point to High Blood Pressure Risk

Posted 19 Nov 2013 by

TUESDAY Nov. 19, 2013 – If your face turns red after a few drinks, it could be a sign of added risk for alcohol-linked high blood pressure, new research suggests. It was already known that excessive drinking is a risk factor for high blood pressure, say researchers reporting online Nov. 18 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Experts have also known that facial flushing after drinking is tied to higher sensitivity or even intolerance to alcohol. In the new study, the South Korean research team examined the medical records of more than 1,700 men and divided them into three groups: non-drinkers, people whose faces flushed after drinking and drinkers who didn't have the flushed-face reaction. "Flushers" were more apt to have drinking-related high blood pressure than non-flushers, the research found, and the risk of high blood pressure was much higher among flushers ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure Common Among Overweight Kids

Posted 10 Oct 2013 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 10 – Overweight and obese children have a high risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the health records of nearly 250,000 children, aged 6 to 17, in California, and found those who were overweight were twice as likely as normal-weight children to have high blood pressure (hypertension). The risk was four times higher in moderately obese children and teens, and 10 times higher in those who were extremely obese, according to the study, which was published Oct. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. The researchers also found that 10 percent of extremely obese children and teens have high blood pressure and nearly half of them have occasional blood pressure readings in the high range. "This study's findings suggest that pediatricians need to be particularly vigilant about screening overweight and obese children for hypertension ... Read more

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U.S. Panel Rejects Blood Pressure Screening for Kids, Teens

Posted 7 Oct 2013 by

MONDAY, Oct. 7 – Not enough evidence exists to recommend that children and teens be screened for high blood pressure, a U.S. government-appointed panel says. High blood pressure among American children and teens has been rising, in part due to the increase in childhood obesity. Several expert groups have recommended that children and teens be screened for high blood pressure. It's difficult to predict which youngsters will develop high blood pressure as adults and it's unclear whether lowering blood pressure in children and teens leads to improved cardiovascular health in adulthood, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a final recommendation released Oct. 7. The panel also noted that very little research has been done on the effectiveness and safety of blood pressure medications when used for months or years by children and teens. The recommendation applies specifically to ... Read more

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More Evidence That Exercise Can Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

Posted 1 Oct 2013 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 – Exercising during your leisure time could help prevent high blood pressure, but being physically active at work doesn't seem to provide the same benefit, according to a new review. Researchers analyzed the findings of 13 studies that examined the effects of physical activity on blood pressure. The studies included a total of nearly 137,000 people in the United States, Europe and East Asia who initially had healthy blood pressure. During follow-up periods ranging from two to 45 years, more than 15,600 of the participants developed high blood pressure. Compared to people who exercised less than one hour a week during their leisure time, the risk of developing high blood pressure was 11 percent lower among those who exercised one to three hours per week, and 19 percent lower among those who did more than four hours of recreational exercise a week, according to the study ... Read more

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Genes Tied to High Blood Pressure Found in Black Americans

Posted 16 Sep 2013 by

MONDAY, Sept. 16 – Black Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than whites, and now a large new study has pinpointed four common genetic variations affecting their risk. The study included nearly 30,000 black Americans at 19 sites across the United States and is the largest study to look at how genes influence blood pressure in black people, according to the researchers. The investigators pointed out that most gene discoveries to date have been in white people and noted that previous studies in blacks failed to identify any genes associated with blood pressure. Genes account for 40 percent to 50 percent of a person's risk for high blood pressure (hypertension). The four genetic variations identified in this study also affect other racial/ethnic groups, the researchers noted. Other risk factors for high blood pressure include lifestyle, diet and obesity. The study ... Read more

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Childhood Obesity Quadruples Chances of Adult Hypertension: Study

Posted 12 Sep 2013 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 12 – Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows. The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life. "We've shown that the risk for hypertension starts in childhood," said study author Dr. Sara Watson, a pediatric endocrinology fellow at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "That period is very important. There are changes in obese children that contribute to risk of cardiometabolic diseases." So-called cardiometabolic diseases are caused by high blood pressure, high blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and excess belly fat. If left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. Starting in 1986, the researchers ... Read more

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Half of People With High Blood Pressure Don't Know It

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 3 – High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is common around the world and the leading cause of heart disease, but many people are unaware that they have it, a new study shows. The international team of researchers noted that this is true for wealthy, developed nations as well as low-income countries. And despite the availability of drugs to control high blood pressure, many people who do know they have the condition are not being properly treated. "Blood pressure-lowering drugs are generally inexpensive and commonly available treatments," senior study author Dr. Salim Yusuf, a professor of medicine at McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, said in a university news release. "However, only a third of patients commenced on treatment are on enough treatment to control their blood pressure. This is worst in ... Read more

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All-in-One Pill May Be Effective Treatment for Heart Care

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 3 – People dealing with chronic conditions like heart disease often have trouble keeping up with the fistfuls of medications needed to maintain their health. Now scientists have tested a potential solution that might just work: a "polypill" combining several different medications. A new international study found that heart patients are much more likely to regularly take aspirin and drugs for cholesterol and blood pressure if they are all stuffed into a single pill. "The general advantage is that everything is all in one medication," said Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, who was not involved in the study. "Patients who have to take a dozen pills at a time tend to have a hard time remembering to take them." Heart patients can reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke by more than half if they take a combination of blood pressure ... Read more

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Model Program Boosts Blood-Pressure Control for Patients

Posted 20 Aug 2013 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 20 – The rate of blood-pressure control among adults with hypertension who took part in an intensive program offered by their health maintenance organization nearly doubled in nine years, according to a new study. One key part of the program is treating patients with a single combination blood-pressure pill, which is easier than taking multiple pills for the same condition. "This study suggests that if you have high blood pressure, there is hope," said study researcher Dr. Marc Jaffe, an endocrinologist and clinical leader of the cardiovascular risk reduction program for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. From 2001 through 2009, the blood-pressure control rate of those participating in the program increased from about 43 percent to more than 80 percent, Jaffe said. "I would say it's a phenomenal increase," he said. By 2011, the control rate was even higher, at 87 ... Read more

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