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Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

Posted 29 Jan 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 – If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die – without increasing health costs, a new study claims. However, 44 percent of U.S. adults with elevated blood pressure do not have it regulated, according to background information in the study. "If we would get blood pressure under control, we would not only improve health, but we would also save money," said researcher Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. "An investment in strategies to lower blood pressure will yield large health benefits as well as economic benefits," she said. Such measures could include more medical appointments for people with elevated blood pressure, home blood pressure monitoring and measures to ... Read more

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Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study

Posted 27 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 – Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure – the top number in the blood pressure reading – may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. "High blood pressure becomes increasingly common with age. However, it does occur in younger adults, and we are seeing early onset more often recently as a result of the obesity epidemic," said study senior author Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones. He is a professor of epidemiology and cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Earlier, small studies have suggested that isolated systolic high blood pressure might be harmless in younger adults, or the result of temporary nervousness at the doctor's office, Lloyd-Jones said. But this 30-year study suggests – but does not prove – that isolated systolic high blood pressure in young adulthood (average age 34) is ... Read more

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Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – People with chronic insomnia may be at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study from China suggests. The researchers found that people with chronic insomnia who took longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300 percent higher risk of high blood pressure. The longer they took to fall asleep, the greater their risk. Although this study found a link between sleep troubles and high blood pressure, it wasn't designed to prove whether the lack of sleep actually caused the higher blood pressure. Chronic insomnia is having sleeping difficulties for more than six months. The study included more than 200 people with chronic insomnia and almost 100 normal sleepers. Their average age was 40. They were assessed at West China Hospital, Sichuan University, in Chengdu, China. While insomnia has long been regarded as a nighttime sleep disorder, some studies suggest ... Read more

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FDA Approves Prestalia (amlodipine and perindopril) for Hypertension

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

CINCINNATI & BEND, Ore., January 26, 2015 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Symplmed Pharmaceuticals today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Prestalia (perindopril arginine and amlodipine) tablets, licensed from Servier (Suresnes, France), for the treatment of hypertension. Prestalia, the first fixed-dose combination of these two medications, may be used in patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on monotherapy. Prestalia may be used as initial therapy if a patient is likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals. “This is a significant milestone for Symplmed and for our development partner Servier as it is the first product from our perindopril pipeline to receive FDA approval,” said Erik Emerson, President and CEO of Symplmed Pharmaceuticals. “With ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers being two of the most highly p ... Read more

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A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – Consuming a "modest" amount of salt might not harm older adults, but any more than that can damage health, a new study finds. The study of adults aged 71 to 80 found that daily consumption of 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt – the equivalent of a teaspoon – didn't increase deaths, heart disease, stroke or heart failure over 10 years. However, salt intake above 2,300 mg – which is higher than heart experts currently recommend – might increase the risk for early death and other ailments, researchers said. "The rate of salt intake in our study was modest," said lead researcher Dr. Andreas Kalogeropoulos, an assistant professor of cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta. The findings shouldn't be considered a license to use the salt shaker indiscriminately. The researchers did not compare high salt intake with low intake. "The question isn't whether you should ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure May Boost Glaucoma Risk

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Long-term high blood pressure may increase the risk of the eye disease glaucoma, according to a new study. The researchers said their findings suggest that doctors should consider a patient's blood pressure when managing glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Glaucoma occurs when excessive pressure inside the eye pushes back against blood trying to enter the eye. It had been thought that because high blood pressure (hypertension) ensures that blood can enter the eye, it could counteract the high eye pressure that causes glaucoma. However, this study of short-term (one hour) and long-term (four weeks) high blood pressure in rats with elevated eye pressure found that long-term high blood pressure actually increases the risk of glaucoma. The study was published recently in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. "When we ... Read more

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BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 – Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts. In cans, BPA is used as a lining, the researchers said. "We found that drinking two canned beverages increased systolic blood pressure by 5 mm Hg," said lead researcher Dr. Yun-Chul Hong, director of the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. Putting that in perspective, he said a 20 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure doubles the risk for heart disease. The systolic blood pressure number is always the first of two numbers ... Read more

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More Americans Controlling Their High Blood Pressure

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 – A growing number of Americans with high blood pressure are keeping their condition under control, a new U.S. government study reports. Researchers examined national data on more than 9,200 people with high blood pressure – a reading of at least 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) – who were surveyed between 2003 and 2012. The results showed that the number of people who achieved optimal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mm Hg) rose from 13 percent to 27 percent in that time frame. And the percentage who achieved pre-hypertensive levels of blood pressure (between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg) rose from 19 percent to 33 percent. The findings were to be presented Sunday at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in Chicago and were published simultaneously in the AHA journal Hypertension. "This is definitely good news," according to Sung Sug Yoon ... Read more

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Many Docs Fail to Counsel Young Adults With High Blood Pressure

Posted 10 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 – Only one in two young American adults with high blood pressure gets advice from a doctor on lifestyle changes, a new study finds. Lifestyle changes are critical to helping young adults control their blood pressure, and they cover areas such as exercise, weight loss and healthy eating, the researchers said. Among Americans aged 18 to 39, an estimated 9 percent of men and 7 percent of women have high blood pressure. Of those, nearly 60 percent are not good at controlling their blood pressure, the study authors added. In this study, the investigators looked at lifestyle counseling rates among 500 young adults with high blood pressure being treated at a large Midwestern academic practice. Only 55 percent of the patients received lifestyle education within one year of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, the study found. The most common topic was exercise, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted 29 Oct 2014 by

-- Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose foods that are low in sodium and fats. Maintain a healthy body weight. See your doctor for regular checkups. Read more

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Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark

Posted 28 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 – A small new study raises more questions about the accuracy of home blood-pressure monitoring devices. On average, researchers found, the readings were slightly inaccurate in up to 15 percent of patients. The readings were off by more than 10 mm Hg – a potentially significant difference in a blood pressure reading – in about 8 percent of cases. There's no way to know whether the inaccuracies are likely to mislead patients into seeking care when they don't need it or not getting care when it's required. It's also not known if physicians would be able to detect that something is wrong with the readings because they're different from those derived from more accurate machines at the doctor's office. Still, the findings add to previous research suggesting that the in-home devices aren't perfect. "Home blood pressure machines should be tested against a reliable ... Read more

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Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

Posted 21 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 – Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study. But binge drinking didn't cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank lightly or moderately, their risk of high blood pressure was cut in half, the study found. "This finding parallels studies in older adult men and women," said lead researcher Dr. Sarah Twichell, a clinical fellow in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. In older adult men, she said, the more alcohol they consume, the more their risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) increases. Although this study found a connection between heavy alcohol consumption and an increased risk of high blood pressure in young adults, the study did not prove alcohol was the direct cause of higher blood pressure. For ... Read more

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Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked between 1999 and 2012. Those who saw their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less. Even after controlling for factors such as diabetes, smoking and body fat, doctor visits were the strongest predictor of blood pressure control. Having health insurance and being treated for high cholesterol also improved the chances of keeping blood pressure in check, according to the study published Oct. 20 in the journal Circulation. The researchers ... Read more

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Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds. Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 percent of people with high blood pressure or those picking up oral contraceptive bought cigarettes, the researchers found. "While smoking itself can cause many health problems, it can worsen certain conditions and have other effects on medications," said lead researcher Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For example, smoking can worsen respiratory conditions and can increase blood pressure, the researchers wrote. Smoking can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in oral contraceptives users, Gagne said. In ... Read more

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Psoriasis Tied to Raised Risk of Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – People with more severe cases of psoriasis may be at increased risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure, a large study finds. Researchers looking at over 13,000 adults in the United Kingdom found that those with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled blood pressure, versus people without the skin condition. The findings, reported online Oct. 15 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, confirm an association between psoriasis and cardiovascular health. But the precise reasons are not clear, and a cause-and-effect link was not proven. "We still don't fully understand why we see a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in people with psoriasis," said study leader Dr. Junko Takeshita, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. But, Takeshita said, chronic inflammation could be a common ... Read more

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