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Is Pot Linked to Blood Pressure Deaths?

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Marijuana use may triple your risk of dying from high blood pressure, a new study suggests. A review of U.S. health survey data found that marijuana users were three times more likely to die from causes related to high blood pressure (hypertension), said lead researcher Barbara Yankey. "Prolonged marijuana use may increase the risk of hypertension [high blood pressure] ...

Steep Price Hikes Led to Drop in Use of 2 Heart Drugs at U.S. Hospitals

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – After steep price hikes, use of two common heart medications declined significantly in U.S. hospitals, a new study shows. The drugs, nitroprusside (Nitropress) and isoproterenol (Isuprel), have been used for decades. The findings disprove claims that price increases do not reduce patient access to and use of certain medications, the Cleveland Clinic researchers said. ...

Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – If your blood pressure varies from day-to-day, you may be at higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer's disease, new research from Japan suggests. People whose systolic blood pressure (the top reading) fluctuated from day-to-day were more than twice as likely to develop any type of dementia or Alzheimer's disease compared to those with more stable day-to-day blood pressure, ...

Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – For Americans with high blood pressure, cutting back on salt is an important way to help keep the condition under control. Yet, new research shows that these patients are getting more salt in their diet than they did in 1999. Between 1999 and 2012, salt (sodium) consumption rose from about 2,900 milligrams a day (mg/day) to 3,350 mg/day. That's more than double the ...

Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Noctiva nasal spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat frequent urination at night due to excess urine production. Norturia, the medical term for getting up at night to urinate, can be caused by factors such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, certain medications or diseases of the bladder or prostate, the agency said in a news release. ...

High Blood Pressure May Not Be All Bad in the Elderly: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Developing high blood pressure in very old age may provide some protection from dementia, a new study suggests. In middle age, high blood pressure – also called hypertension – boosts dementia risk later in life, said study lead researcher Maria Corrada. It also raises your risk for heart attack and stroke. But its onset in the eighth or ninth decade of life was linked ...

Yoga Called Good Medicine for High Blood Pressure

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds. "Patients with pre-hypertension [slightly elevated blood pressure] are likely to develop hypertension [high blood pressure] unless they improve their lifestyle," said study author Dr. Ashutosh Angrish. He is a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, ...

Tighter Blood Pressure Control Could Save 100,000 U.S. Lives: Study

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Engaging Americans at high risk for heart disease in aggressive efforts to lower their blood pressure could save more than 100,000 lives a year, a new analysis indicates. Current guidelines recommend a systolic pressure – the top number in a blood pressure reading – of below 140 mm Hg. But a 2015 study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health suggested more lives ...

Could Spuds Be Bad for Blood Pressure?

Posted 18 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Potatoes are a popular staple of the American diet, but eating too many – whether boiled, baked, mashed or fried – may raise the risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Consuming four or more servings of potatoes a week was linked with an increased risk for high blood pressure – 11 percent for baked, boiled or mashed and 17 percent for fried – compared ...

Smartphone Blood-Pressure 'App' Often Wrong, Study Finds

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – A popular "app" that uses your smartphone to check your blood pressure is inaccurate, missing high blood pressure readings in four out of every five patients tested, researchers report. Instant Blood Pressure promises to provide an estimated blood pressure reading if users place their smartphone on the left side of their chest while placing their index finger on the ...

Physically Demanding Job, High Blood Pressure a Bad Mix for Women

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – Having a physically demanding job and high blood pressure may triple a woman's risk of heart disease, a new study contends. Researchers looked at more than 12,000 female nurses in Denmark, and found that those with high blood pressure and highly active jobs were much more likely to develop heart disease than those with normal blood pressure and moderately active jobs. ...

Out-of-Shape Teens May Face High Blood Pressure Later

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Teenagers who are either overweight or have low fitness levels face a heightened risk of developing high blood pressure by middle age, a large new study finds. People who were both heavy and out of shape in their teens showed the biggest risk, researchers reported Jan. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine. But even thin teens were at risk of future blood pressure problems if ...

Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones: Study

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Newer blood pressure drugs are as safe and effective as older medications, new research suggests. Scientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City said their findings settle a longstanding debate about which of two types blood-pressure lowering medications studied are better. An analysis of 106 randomized trials involving more than 250,000 patients examined ...

Slow Progress on Curbing Wasteful, 'Low-Value' Health Care Practices: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – As health care budgets get tighter across the United States, there's been a renewed focus on ridding the system of procedures that give patients little real benefit for the time and money spent. Now, a new study suggests that the use of at least three health care services deemed to be "low value" have dropped over the past few years. However, there were only slight ...

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 ...

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