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Diabetes, High Blood Pressure While Pregnant Spells Trouble Later On

Posted 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – If you develop both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy, you face a much higher risk of future trouble than women who only develop one of those conditions while pregnant, researchers report. And that future trouble can include heart disease, the Canadian researchers added. To reach that conclusion, the research team looked at 64,000 couples in the province of Quebec. Having either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy increased a woman's future risk of diabetes by 15 times. The risk was 37 times higher among women who had both conditions during pregnancy. Having either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy doubled a woman's future risk of high blood pressure. But the risk was six times higher among women who had both conditions during pregnancy, the study found. "Knowing this will allow physicians to identify mothers at risk ... Read more

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Noden Pharma Announces FDA Approval of Tekturna (aliskiren) Oral Pellets for the Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children 6 Years of Age and Older

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Noden Pharma DAC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company that is focused on acquiring prescription medicines across a broad range of therapeutic areas, announced today the approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of Tekturna (aliskiren) Oral Pellets for the treatment of hypertension in adults and children six years of age and older. The new formulation and pediatric indication were approved through the FDA priority review process. Noden Pharma DAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PDL BioPharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDLI). "This expanded indication for Tekturna provides an additional option for pediatric hypertensive patients," said Alan Markey, acting CEO of Noden Pharma DAC. "In addition, it provides an alternative dosing option for adults with hypertension." According to hypertension guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics ... Read more

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Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research. The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end of normal) and moderate to severe gum disease. Half received intensive treatment for gum disease, and half received standard treatment. Standard treatment included basic oral hygiene instructions and teeth cleaning with plaque removal above the gum line. Intensive treatment included standard treatment as well as cleaning down to the roots of teeth, antibiotic treatment and removal of teeth, if necessary. One month after their gum disease treatment, systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) was 3 points lower in the intensive treatment group than in the standard treatment group. There was no ... Read more

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Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span. But new research suggests that up-and-down shifts in blood pressure may be equally hazardous to your health. "The takeaway from the study is, if you allow your blood pressure to be uncontrolled for any period of time, or notice big changes in your blood pressure between doctor visits, you increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney or heart failure or even death," said study author Dr. Brian Clements. He's an internal medicine specialist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. One cardiologist who reviewed the findings wasn't surprised. "Swings in blood pressure cause more stress to the arteries of the heart and brain than a consistent blood pressure," said Dr. Satjit Bhusri, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said the study ... Read more

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Definition of High Blood Pressure Drops

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines issued Monday by the nation's top heart health organizations. The new guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 high blood pressure to 130/80, down from the previous level of 140/90, according to a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Further, the guidelines also call for more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure, asking doctors and patients to set 130/80 as the new goal of therapy. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. But the guidelines also press for more judicious treatment of high blood pressure – sometimes called hypertension – and an emphasis on lifestyle risk factors. Prescriptions for blood pressure drugs are not expected to leap under the ... Read more

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Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death

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MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found. "It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes have an elevated risk of mortality and that this is mainly explained by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death," said the study's lead author Jesper Svane, a medical student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Sudden cardiac death is caused by malfunctions in the heart's electrical system. It often occurs without warning, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. James Catanese, chief of cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said he wasn't surprised ... Read more

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Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

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SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Millions of Americans fight a daily battle with high blood pressure, which can greatly increase their odds for stroke and other heart events. What's the best dietary strategy to lower those blood pressure numbers? One key factor that's long been linked to blood pressure is salt (sodium) intake. In the new study, 412 people with high blood pressure (or in danger of high blood pressure) were assigned to one of three daily salt-intake regimens. ... Read more

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Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little bit of weight and have reduced inflammation. Those changes could be helpful in preventing or improving type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. "Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. Rye seems to have the best effect," said study senior author Tine Rask Licht. She's a professor of intestinal microbial ecology at the Technical University of Denmark. But the study also had some surprising results. Eating a diet full of whole grains didn't appear to improve insulin sensitivity, nor did it seem to change the gut's ... Read more

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Health Tip: What's Healthy Blood Pressure?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is fundamental to overall health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems. But what's healthy? The American Heart Association offers this chart of healthy and unhealthy ranges: Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm Hg (upper #)   Diastolic mm Hg (lower #) Normal less than 120 and less than 80 Prehypertension 120 – 139 or 80 – 89 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 140 – 159 or 90 – 99 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 2 160 or higher or 100 or higher Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency care needed) Higher than 180 or Higher than 110 If your blood pressure is higher than 180/110 mm Hg and you ARE having symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, changes in vision or difficulty speaking, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are NOT having any of these symptoms, wai ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get to Know Your Pharmacist

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Your pharmacist may be the health professional that you see more than any other. It's important to get to know that person, since a pharmacist can support your health in many ways. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions some examples: Discussing your medication --Pharmacists know all about medication side effects, and the best ways to use medicines. Identifying generic alternatives – Pharmacists can suggest generic alternatives to more expensive prescription drugs. Discussing medicine safety --Your pharmacist can offer advice on which over-the-counter medicines are safe to use in combination with prescription meds. Managing health issues --For example, you may be able to check your blood pressure at the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist about the risks of high blood pressure. He or she may direct you to medical care, if needed. Read more

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Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing salt intake is very important for health. "We find that the enjoyment of spicy foods significantly reduced individual salt preference, daily salt intake and blood pressure," he added. Zhu is director of Daping Hospital's Center for Hypertension and Metabolic Diseases at Third Military Medical University in Chongqing. The research team conducted a mouse study alongside a human trial of more than 600 Chinese adults. Both correlated blood pressure levels with intake of spicy and salty dishes. Foods ... Read more

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Kids' High Blood Pressure Often Overlooked

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – One in every 30 children in the United States has high blood pressure. Now, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics may help doctors screen children 3 years and older for the condition. "We are seeing it at far younger ages than we used to," said Dr. Thomas Dispenza, a cardiologist with Penn State Children's Heart Group. "As obesity rates have risen, we have also seen more complications from it." But "detection rates are shockingly low. Three-quarters of cases are overlooked, and that's a real problem," Dispenza said in a Penn State Health news release. Children with high blood pressure can develop the same long-term health problems as adults. "It can set kids up for strokes later in life by damaging the blood vessels," Dispenza said. The guidelines encourage doctors to check blood pressure at every well-child visit. For better accuracy, medical ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Eyes Healthier

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you grow older, your eyes are more prone to diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to keep your eyes healthier: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and a don a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. Stop smoking. Eat eye-healthy foods. Maintain ahealthy weight and get enough exercise. Strive for normalblood pressure. If you have diabetes, keep it under control. Prevent eye strain by looking away from your computer every 20 minutes. Read more

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Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9 percent of children in 1999-2000, the CDC report noted. Public health experts are concerned that the continuing rise in obesity will lead to greater numbers of people suffering from diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. "We've made tremendous progress reducing deaths due to cardiovascular disease and stroke in our country. Part of that is due to treatment. Part of that is due to the tremendous reduction in tobacco use," said ... Read more

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Stroke Risk Factors Are Rising

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – While progress is being made in reducing the number of stroke deaths, it seems that more people who experience these brain attacks have significant stroke risk factors, a new study reveals. The rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, smoking and drug abuse have all been on the rise in stroke patients over recent years, the study authors said. The study included over 900,000 people hospitalized for stroke between 2004 and 2014. Each year, prevalence of high blood pressure went up by 1 percent, diabetes rose by 2 percent, high cholesterol went up by 7 percent, smoking increased by 5 percent, and drug abuse jumped 7 percent, the researchers found. "The risk of dying from a stroke has declined significantly, while at the same time the risk factors are increasing," said researcher Dr. Ralph Sacco. He's a professor of neurology at the ... Read more

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