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Some May Need a Little Help Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home

Posted 17 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 16, 2017 – Home blood pressure monitoring is on the upswing in the United States. But some adults are less likely to do so than others, a new study finds. Lower rates of home monitoring were found among those who did not have at least a high school diploma and those with no partner, according to the study. The American Heart Association advises anyone with high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to monitor it at home. "Home monitoring allows hypertensive individuals to take ownership of their treatment and helps health care providers determine whether treatments are working," the association says in a news release. Home monitoring also may point to differences between readings at the doctor's office and at home. For the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 6,100 adults who took part in a 2013-14 federal government health survey. They found that ... Read more

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Number of Kids Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New Guidelines

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – More U.S. kids and teens are likely to be diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure because of new guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics. About 3.5 percent of children and teens have abnormally high blood pressure ("hypertension"), which often goes unnoticed and untreated, the academy said. "If there is diagnosis of hypertension, there are many ways we can treat it," said Dr. David Kaelber, who helped develop the guidelines. "But because the symptoms are silent, the condition is often overlooked." When high blood pressure isn't addressed, it can lead to heart and kidney problems years later, the academy added. This is of special concern because incidence of childhood high blood pressure has risen in the United States since 1988, although recently it has plateaued, the guideline authors noted. Under the new, simplified tables, ... Read more

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

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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. "In public testimony, it had been stated that these price increases would not decrease patient access or utilization of these two critical drugs, both of which have been used for decades in patient care," said lead author Dr. Umesh Khot, vice chairman of cardiovascular medicine. "However, our research shows that these price hikes are not benign. Further research will determine if there has been any effect on patient outcomes, but it's clear that utilization has been impacted," Khot said in a ... Read more

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Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds. Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found. At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed. By 2013, the hospitalization rate for Hispanic adults was just 6 percent higher than for whites – down from a 45 percent difference in 2002. On the other hand, hospitalizations for heart failure remained stubbornly high among black Americans. Over 5 million Americans have heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. It's a chronic disease in which the heart can no longer pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's needs. As a result, people with the condition often become fatigued and breathless, and they may develop swelling in ... Read more

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Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent or Slow Dementia

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – Simple changes to your lifestyle might delay the start of dementia or slow its progression, a new report suggests. Some scientific evidence indicates that keeping your mind active through "cognitive training," controlling your blood pressure and exercising more may pay dividends in terms of brain health, researchers determined. Although not yet proven to thwart the cognitive decline that accompanies aging or dementia, the public should have access to this information, said Alan Leshner. He led the committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that compiled the report. "There are a few domains where the evidence that does exist suggests they might have an effect," said Leshner. "At least two of those, we know, are good for a whole lot of other things that people do or that they could suffer from. That's controlling your blood ... Read more

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Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Scientists have identified a group of specific factors that increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, all of which are severe health threats. The name for these risk factors is metabolic syndrome. Think of them as a wake-up call for getting healthier. The first risk factor is a large waistline, or excess fat in the belly area, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This is the only visible sign. The second risk factor is high triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood. The third is a low level of HDL – or high-density lipoprotein – cholesterol, the so-called good cholesterol. The fourth risk factor is high blood pressure, and the fifth is a high level of sugar in your blood. It only takes three of these risk factors for you to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. And once you have metabolic syndrome, you're ... Read more

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Home Blood Pressure Monitors Wrong 7 of 10 Times: Study

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Millions of older people often turn to do-it-yourself home blood pressure monitors to track that vital health sign. But a small, new Canadian study suggests that readings from the devices are wrong most of the time and could put patients at risk. A team led by Jennifer Ringrose, of the University of Alberta in Calgary, tested dozens of home monitors used by 85 patients averaging 66 years of age. The researchers found the units weren't accurate within five mmHg of blood pressure about 70 percent of the time. And the devices were off the mark by at least 10 mmHg about 30 percent of the time, the investigators added. That inaccuracy could have serious consequences for people's health, Ringrose said. "Monitoring for and treating hypertension [high blood pressure] can decrease the consequences of this disease," she said. "We need to make sure that home blood ... Read more

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Moving Toward a Better Blood Pressure Pill

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Combining low doses of several different blood pressure drugs may be better than using a standard dose of just one medication, a new review of past studies suggests. Two-thirds of patients taking a blood pressure-lowering drug don't improve as much as their doctors would like, the researchers noted. Citing a "critical need" for new approaches, they reviewed 42 studies involving ultra-low doses of multiple medications. Their conclusion: "Low doses can achieve large effects when used in combination," said review co-author Dr. Anthony Rodgers. "What we found was that four quarter doses [of different medications] gives a lot of benefit with few apparent side effects." High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and several other major conditions, so it's important to get good treatment, said Rodgers. He is a professor of global health at the George ... Read more

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Overcharging Common in U.S. Emergency Rooms

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – Americans are routinely overcharged for emergency room care, and minority and uninsured patients are most likely to face this "price gouging," a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed 2013 billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors nationwide. On average, adult emergency department patients were charged 340 percent more than what Medicare pays for care ranging from stitches to a CT scan, the investigators said. "Our study found that inequality is then further compounded on poor minority groups, who are more likely to receive services from hospitals that charge the most," said study senior investigator Dr. Martin Makary. He is a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Overall, charges ranged from 1 to 12.6 times ($100 to $12,600) more than what Medicare paid for services, the study findings showed. ... Read more

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Costs of ER Treatments a Mystery to Many Docs

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – If you wind up in the ER, chances are your doctors have no clue what the tests and treatments they order will cost, a new study finds. Researchers asked more than 400 emergency medicine health care professionals – including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners – about the cost of care for three types of cases commonly seen in an emergency department: a 35-year old woman with abdominal pain, a 57-year old man with labored breathing and a 7-year old boy with a sore throat. Only four out of 10 could accurately estimate the cost range for the three situations. The study was published May 30 in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. "Early in my residency, I realized I had no idea how much money I was spending with all the tests and medications I ordered – mostly because it's just not discussed," said study leader Dr. Kevin ... Read more

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Who Really Needs Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Meds?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – High blood pressure and high cholesterol are known risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, but it's unclear who needs medication to help manage these conditions, a new report suggests. According to a new Consumer Reports review, patients should consider these factors when deciding whether to take medications: Weigh your risk. Everyone aged 40 and older should be aware of their 10-year risk for heart attack or stroke. Ideally, it should be less than 7.5 percent. Consumer Reports recommends using a calculator developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to determine your risk. Don't rush to medicate. Some lifestyle changes may be enough to manage slightly elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Exercise alone can significantly improve blood pressure, the review noted. Get the right drug. If your doctor ... Read more

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Bleeding Strokes Take Heavy Toll on Brain

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Survivors of the most deadly type of stroke face a higher risk for developing depression and dementia, new research suggests. Often called "bleeding strokes," hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures and leaks blood into the brain. Conversely, the more common ischemic stroke happens after a blood vessel is blocked in the brain. "Our study changes the way we look at depression after a hemorrhagic stroke," said study author Dr. Alessandro Biffi, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Depression is not just an isolated phenomenon following a hemorrhagic stroke," said Biffi, who is also director of the hospital's Aging and Brain Health Research Group. "It may identify those who are likely to develop dementia, and this is important when these patients are evaluated, particularly in outpatient care settings," he said. Biffi and ... Read more

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Hispanics, Blacks Less Likely to Get High Blood Pressure Treatment: Study

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Black and Hispanic Americans are less likely than whites to get high blood pressure under control, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 8,800 adults who took part in the 2003-2012 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study team found that 74 percent of white patients were getting treatment for high blood pressure. For blacks, the treatment rates were slightly lower at 71 percent. For Hispanics, the high blood pressure treatment rate was only 61 percent. Researchers also looked at high blood pressure control rates, defined as readings below 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for those with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, and below 140/90 mm Hg for everyone else. Control rates were 43 percent for whites, 37 percent for blacks and 31 percent for Hispanics, the study reported. Black and Hispanics younger than 60 ... Read more

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

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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 to lower risk of mental decline in one's 90s, her team found. "Hypertension in the very old is not detrimental for mental health," said Corrada, a professor of neurology and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine. Several factors may help explain the apparent association between late-life high blood pressure and lower dementia risk, Corrada said. For one, as people age, blood pressure may need to increase to keep blood flowing to the brain for normal functioning. "It's a matter of ... Read more

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Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Two leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy. Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140 mmHg systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading). But the new guideline says doctors should now begin treatment when adults 60 and older have persistent systolic blood pressure that's at or above 150 mmHg, to reduce their risk of heart problems, stroke and death. A less aggressive target like this offers a suitable balance of benefits and potential harms for these patients, according to the new guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Any additional benefit from more aggressive treatment is small, the groups say. Doctors specializing in the cardiac ... Read more

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