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Three-in-One Pill Shows Promise in Beating High Blood Pressure

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people's chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report. The pill contains low doses of the three medications – telmisartan, amlodipine and chlorthalidone. The finding stems from a study of 700 people, who averaged 56 years old. All had high blood pressure. Among those who took the ...

Don't Count on Healthy Foods to Blunt Salt's Harm

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – An otherwise healthy diet isn't going to offset damage to your heart from too much salt, a new study suggests. "Our latest findings show that the adverse relation of salt intake to blood pressure is not counteracted or reduced by other nutrients consumed, including about 80 that we assessed," said researcher Queenie Chan. And since most dietary sodium comes from processed ...

Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers

Posted 14 Nov 2017 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 ...

Definition of High Blood Pressure Drops

Posted 13 Nov 2017 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

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