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Scientists Find 500 More Genes That Influence Blood Pressure

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TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – In what is being billed as the largest genetic study ever conducted, British scientists report they have spotted more than 500 genes that play a role in blood pressure. The research, which involved more than 1 million people, expands the understanding of the genetic factors that determine blood pressure and could lead to new treatments for the condition, according to ...

Hospitals May Overprescribe Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – One in seven older veterans are sent home from the hospital with doses of blood pressure medications so high they can leave them feeling dizzy and at risk for falls, a new study finds. Prescribing higher doses of these drugs occurs even though half of the patients had their blood pressure controlled with lower doses before they went to the hospital, the researchers ...

Timing May Be Critical When Taking Meds

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests. Using new bioinformatics tools, scientists analyzed thousands of human tissue samples and created a database of daily rhythms in human gene activity that includes many genes that regulate how drugs work. The database may help researchers identify the time when giving ...

AHA: Many With Supposed Drug-Resistant Blood Pressure Aren't Taking Meds

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – For about one in five people with what appears to be hard-to-treat, or resistant, high blood pressure, they simply aren't taking prescribed medications, new research suggests. Drug-resistant hypertension appears to be on the rise and occurs when blood pressure remains above normal even after the patient has been put on three or more blood ...

Home Monitoring Works for Blood Pressure Patients

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Home blood pressure monitoring can improve control of high blood pressure and reduce health care costs. That's the conclusion of a preliminary study that included 2,550 adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure. They each received free home blood pressure monitors, online and print resources for tracking their blood pressure readings, and reminders to check their ...

AHA: What's a Dangerous Level of Blood Pressure in Pregnancy?

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe – or effective. The study, published Sept. 10 in the journal Hypertension, set out to ...

Kids Without Access to Good Food Face High Blood Pressure Risk

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THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Poor nutrition increases a child's risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national health survey data for 2007 to 2014 from more than 7,200 U.S. kids between 8 and 17 years of age. More than one-fifth lacked good access to nutritious foods, and more than 12 percent overall had high blood pressure. Among kids with poor nutrition, 14.4 ...

New Hormonal Link Suspected in Type 2 Diabetes

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TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 – Two disorders that often occur together – type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure – may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest. Aldosterone has already been implicated in the development of high blood pressure (hypertension). Now, a new study reports that people with higher levels of aldosterone had more than twice the odds of ...

IVF May Put Children at Risk for High Blood Pressure

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TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 – In vitro fertilization gives couples struggling to conceive the chance to have children, but a new study suggests these kids are at increased risk for high blood pressure. The study, of 54 teens conceived through assisted reproduction, found that eight – or 15 percent – had high blood pressure. That compared with just one case among 43 teenagers who were conceived ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan Tablets, USP, 40mg, 80mg, 160mg and 320mg Due to The Detection of Trace Amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Impurity, Found in an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)

Posted 16 Aug 2018 by

As a precautionary measure, Camber Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Valsartan Tablets, USP, 40mg, 80mg, 160mg and 320mg to the hospital, retail and consumer level.  This recall of multiple batches of Valsartan Tablets was prompted due to the detection of trace amounts of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a possible process impurity or contaminant in an active ...

New Triple-Combo Pill Controls Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – A low-dose three-in-one combination pill controls blood pressure more effectively than the regular medications people take, according to data from a new clinical trial. About 70 percent of patients with mild-to-moderate high blood pressure who were given the "Triple Pill" reached their target blood pressure goal of 140/90 or less within six months, compared with 55 ...

Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Help Preserve Brain Health

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Strict blood pressure control not only benefits your heart, it might also help save your brain, preliminary research suggests. Older adults whose systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) was kept at 120 mm Hg or less saw a 19 percent decrease in their risk for mental difficulties known as mild cognitive impairment, according to trial results presented ...

Affected by the Valsartan Heart Drug Recall? Here's What to Do

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that certain brands of blood pressure medicines contained a carcinogen and were being recalled, many patients may wonder what's next for their cardiovascular care. The FDA said it mandated the recall because valsartan medicines from a Chinese manufacturer, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, were found to ...

AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the next decade. "Internet-based ...

New Guidelines Mean Almost 800,000 More U.S. Kids Have High Blood Pressure

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – There's good news and bad news from a new report when it comes to high blood pressure among America's children. The good news: perhaps because of better diets and use of antihypertensive medications, the percentage of kids with high blood pressure declined between 2001 and 2016, according to a research team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ...

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