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No Mental Benefits Seen for Elderly Who Stop Blood Pressure Meds

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Discontinuing high blood pressure treatment in seniors with mild memory and thinking problems did not improve their mental functioning, a new study shows. It's known that high blood pressure during middle age is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease – impaired blood flow in the brain. But the effect of high blood pressure on the brain during old age is less clear, the research team said. In fact, some studies have suggested that lower blood pressure in old age, rather than higher blood pressure, might boost a person's odds for mental decline. So, the new study focused on whether discontinuing high blood pressure medications might make any difference to an older person's thinking and memory. The question is worth asking, one expert said. "Patients frequently question whether medications such as cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering therapy contribute to ... Read more

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9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 21 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests. Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes. The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer's, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. "The current ... Read more

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Ob-Gyn Group Advises on Spotting Dangerous Pregnancy Complication

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Preeclampsia – a condition where blood pressure in a pregnant woman can rise to life-threatening levels – is a key complication obstetricians try and predict early in pregnancy. While commercial tests are being marketed for use in the first trimester to predict the risk of early onset preeclampsia, new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say there's a lack of evidence that the tests offer any benefits, and they may do more harm than good. Instead, ACOG is holding to its position that taking a detailed medical history to assess a woman's risk factors in the first trimester is still the recommended screening approach for early-onset preeclampsia. This approach should remain the only method of screening for preeclampsia until studies can prove that aspirin or other treatments reduce the incidence of preeclampsia ... Read more

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Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging of the aorta, the body's largest blood vessel. The aorta extends from the heart down to the abdomen, supplying blood there and to the rest of the body. Major risk factors for an aortic aneurysm include smoking, high blood pressure, older age and being male. Currently, men aged 65 and older are screened in the United States and Europe, but the study authors said that a growing number of deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms occur among people aged 75 and older, and that the number is likely to shift to those over 85 in coming decades. They also noted that most of the ruptured aortic aneurysms among people between the ages of 65 and 75 occur in male smokers. Screening ... Read more

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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Smartphones could become a high-tech tool to help boost heart health, experts say. The apps and wearable sensors on many cellphones can track exercise, activity and heart rates, and while evidence of their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, they could prove useful, a new American Heart Association scientific statement said. Currently, 20 percent of American adults use some type of technology to track their health data. The most popular health apps are associated with exercise, counting steps or tracking your heart rate, the heart association said. The authors of the statement reviewed the small number of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in managing weight, boosting physical activity, quitting smoking, and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ... Read more

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Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder may face a higher risk for heart disease and they need to be followed closely, new recommendations from the American Heart Association state. "Youth with mood disorders are not yet widely recognized as a group at increased risk for excessive and early heart disease. We hope these guidelines will spur action from patients, families and health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among these youth," Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, said in a heart association news release. Goldstein and his colleagues reviewed published studies and found that teens with major depression or bipolar disorder were more likely than other teens to have: high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity, especially around the ... Read more

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Exercise Boosts Obese Kids' Heart Health

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – When obese kids get moving, their cardiovascular health quickly improves even if they don't lose weight, a new review finds. Australian researchers looked at six studies on the effects of exercise for obese children and teenagers. On average, the studies found no impact on kids' weight in the short term – six to 12 weeks. There was, however, a clear benefit seen when it came to kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function. That's important because cardiovascular health in childhood often "tracks" into adulthood, said senior researcher Jeff Coombes, a professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane. Past studies, he said, have shown that obese children often become obese adults, when they'll face heightened risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But boosting kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function may ... Read more

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Including Pharmacist on Medical Team May Aid Blood Pressure Control

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Pharmacists can play an important role in helping patients control high blood pressure, a new study finds. Researchers followed 625 racially and ethnically diverse Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure who were seen at 32 medical offices in 15 states. The patients were either cared for by a doctor only, or by a medical team that included a pharmacist. "Clinical pharmacists were able to contribute to the care team by tailoring blood pressure medications for each patient and spent extra time educating patients on how to decrease their blood pressure," study corresponding author Tyler Gums, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release. High blood pressure increases the likelihood of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death for Americans, the study authors noted. The ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to a 25 percent increased risk of heart failure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. "Patients should have their blood pressure controlled," said lead researcher Paul Muntner, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama School of Public Health at Birmingham. "They should be aware that their blood pressure changes, and if there is a lot of variation, they might want to talk with their doctor about why it's changing." These variations may be a sign of increasing damage to the arteries, particularly stiffening, Muntner said. About one in ... Read more

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Study Questions Safety of Chemicals Used in Plastic Consumer Products

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Two supposedly safer chemicals used to replace a known harmful one in plastic and other consumer products pose similar health risks, a new study contends. The compounds di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) – which belong to a class of chemicals known as phthalates – are associated with increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes in children and teens, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City found. The two chemicals are used during manufacturing to strengthen plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics and containers for processed foods. They are replacements for another chemical – di-2-ethylhexylphlatate (DEHP) – which was previously found to have similar harmful effects on human health, the researchers said. "Our research adds to growing concerns that environmental chemicals might be independent contributors to ... Read more

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Deaths From High Blood Pressure Should Plummet Under 'Obamacare': Study

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – U.S. deaths from blood pressure-related diseases are expected to drop substantially during the coming decades because of improved health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Increased treatment of high blood pressure under the health-care legislation, commonly known as "Obamacare," will save the lives of 95,000 to 222,000 non-elderly adults by the year 2050, researchers estimate. That's up to 6,000 people a year who otherwise would die from heart disease. By 2050, there also could be 408,000 fewer cases of heart disease and stroke among the 55 million young and middle-age Americans who have high blood pressure, the researchers found. Those numbers are based solely on patients' increased access to blood pressure medication as a result of the Affordable Care Act, said study lead author Suhui Li. She is an assistant professor of ... Read more

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Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they've tried to cut back on sodium. The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found – perhaps not surprisingly – that people already diagnosed with high blood pressure were more likely to shun the salt shaker. "Excess sodium intake is a major risk factor for hypertension, and subsequently, heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of U.S. deaths, respectively," noted a team of researchers led by Dr. Jing Fang of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under current U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the general population is advised to keep daily salt intake under 2,300 milligrams, or about a teaspoon. For people over 51, blacks and those ... Read more

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Even Slightly Elevated Blood Pressure May Pose Problems for Young Adults

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Young adults with slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of heart problems later in life, according to a new study. Researchers cautioned that blood pressure on the high end of what's considered "normal" should be addressed early on to protect heart health for the future. "Our findings provide further support for the importance of good risk factor control early in life," said study lead author Dr. Joao Lima, from the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "Many participants were not hypertensive at the beginning of the study; however, chronic exposure to higher blood pressure, even within what is considered the normal range, is associated with cardiac dysfunction 25 years later," Lima said in a news release from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, where the study was published June 22. Researchers followed ... Read more

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