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17 Million US Adults May Have Tough-to-Spot High Blood Pressure

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THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – You get your blood pressure checked at your doctor's office, and it reads in the normal range. You're fine, right? Well, maybe not. A new study suggests that 17 million American adults may have what doctors call "masked" hypertension – blood pressure that tends to be higher outside of the medical clinic environment. "It can manifest itself as a normal physician's office blood pressure and elevated home blood pressure," explained Dr. Kevin Marzo, a heart specialist who reviewed the findings. The best way to spot masked hypertension is "either with self-monitoring or an ambulatory [wearable] blood pressure monitor that a physician has a patient wear for 24 hours," said Marzo. He's chief of cardiology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. But how common is the condition? To find out, a team led by Dr. Joseph Schwartz of Stony Brook University in Stony ... Read more

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

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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

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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

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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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Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This new study shows there is a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. To close this gap, we are working to better understand and address the health threats that put rural Americans at increased risk of early death," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. About 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the nation's population – live in rural areas. Several factors – ... Read more

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Wearable Sensors May Spot Illness Before Symptoms Start

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Wearable sensors to track things such as heart rate, activity and skin temperature may help you keep track of your health and warn you of impending illness, a new study suggests. Researchers recently compiled almost 2 billion measurements from 60 people. The idea is to determine baseline medical information about the participants. "We want to study people at an individual level," study senior author Michael Snyder, chair of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, said in a university news release. The participants in the study didn't need to wear specially designed sensors. Instead, they wore as few as one – or as many as seven – activity monitors that are commercially available. The monitors grabbed more than 250,000 measurements a day, including: weight; heart rate; oxygen in the blood; skin temperature; activity, such as sleep ... Read more

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Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – The gender of a woman's future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests. A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers found that a higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure reading may be associated with a greater likelihood for delivering a baby boy. Conversely, lower blood pressure may favor the odds of giving birth to a girl. But the researchers only found an association between pre-pregnancy blood pressure and a baby's gender. They did not prove a cause-and-effect connection. How might a mom-to-be's blood pressure predict her baby's gender? That's not completely clear. The researchers suspect blood pressure may be related to the gender of those babies carried to term, not lost to miscarriage. "When a woman becomes pregnant, the sex of a fetus is determined by whether the father's sperm provides ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed, Untreated

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Half of people tested at mobile clinics were unaware they had a condition that's often referred to as a "silent killer" – high blood pressure, a new Canadian study reveals. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels. This increases the risk for heart attack and stroke, the researchers said. But the disorder rarely causes noticeable symptoms. The serious risks posed by untreated high blood pressure are often misunderstood. The public needs greater awareness about the condition, the study authors said. For the study, the researchers measured the blood pressure of almost 1,100 volunteers. The measurements were taken at mobile clinics that the researchers had set up at shopping malls, workplaces, hospitals and community centers in a large city. The study revealed that 50 percent of the participants were ... Read more

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High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a high-deductible insurance plan. The other shows that seriously ill and low-income people in high-deductible plans delay care for diabetes complications. A high deductible means you pay more before insurance kicks in. People who study health policy say high deductibles may have the unintended consequence of deterring ill and financially vulnerable Americans from getting needed medical tests and treatments. "We need to give [health] plans flexibility to be able to ... Read more

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High Blood Pressure Increasing Worldwide

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – As the number of people around the world with elevated or high blood pressure increases, so do the number of deaths linked to this "silent killer," a new study contends. An international analysis of nearly 9 million people states that the rate of high blood pressure (hypertension) and elevated blood pressure (prehypertension) jumped between 1990 and 2015. "There are almost 900 million people in the world with hypertension, and there are almost 3.5 billion people with elevated blood pressure that doesn't quite meet the definition of hypertension," said study lead author Christopher Murray. He directs the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. "Blood pressure is the leading cause of premature death and disability in the world," Murray said. Blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The top number, called systolic ... Read more

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Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

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SATURDAY, Jan. 7, 2017 – Snow looks beautiful while it's falling, but each year thousands of Americans are hurt while shoveling or clearing the white stuff. Folks who are usually sedentary are at particular risk for injuries associated with bending and lifting shovels of heavy snow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Clearing snow can also put a lot of extra strain on the heart, the group warns. In 2015, more than 158,000 people were treated for injuries sustained while shoveling snow or removing ice. And snow blowers were involved in more than 15,000 injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Back sprains and strains are among the most common snow removal injuries. However, cuts and even finger amputations are also reported each year. To prevent injuries while removing snow and ice, the orthopedic surgeons recommend the following safety tips: Talk ... Read more

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Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too

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TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Most people know they should have their height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, but an exercise expert says cardiorespiratory fitness should also be part of a routine medical exam. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how much work your body can do during exercise. "This measurement is so important because it shows how the heart, lungs and muscles all work together, and it should be an element of assessment of heart disease risk along with factors like smoking history, diabetes, and [high blood pressure]," said Dr. Benjamin Levine. He is a professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and director of the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine, which is run by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. "Decades of tests have clearly demonstrated that the ability to do aerobic exercise is strongly ... Read more

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Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports. "This new report once again highlights the high and unrelenting price increases that are shockingly common in the pharmaceutical market," said Debra Whitman. She is chief public policy officer at AARP, a nonprofit organization focused on social welfare issues. "What's particularly remarkable is that these incredibly high price increases are still occurring in the face of the intense public and congressional criticism of prescription drug pricing practices," Whitman said in an AARP news release. The researchers examined the prices of 268 brand-name prescription drugs widely used by seniors, including 49 in drug categories that are used to treat common and often chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol ... Read more

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Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Football players, particularly linemen, may have higher risk of elevated blood pressure and potentially harmful structural changes in the heart, a new study suggests. "Our study confirmed associations between football participation, high blood pressure and cardiac remodeling," said study senior author Dr. Aaron Baggish, an associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Cardiac remodeling refers to changes in the size and shape of the heart. What's worrisome, Baggish said, is that the changes detected in young college athletes may be "maladaptive," or harmful. "This type of change to the heart is concerning in this population of young, otherwise healthy athletes, and raises questions about long-term health implications," Baggish said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. Using data ... Read more

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Normal Blood Pressure in Clinic May Mask Hypertension

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – It's commonly believed that anxiety in the doctor's office causes patients' blood pressure to rise. But for some people, the opposite occurs: Their blood pressure is normal at their medical appointment but elevated the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called "masked hypertension." The best way to uncover it is to wear a small monitoring device for 24 hours, researchers said. For this new study, the researchers had almost 900 healthy, middle-aged patients do just that. The result: Almost 16 percent who had "normal" blood pressure at the clinic learned otherwise after around-the-clock monitoring. "In working individuals who are not being treated for hypertension [high blood pressure], our data show that ambulatory blood pressure is usually higher than clinic blood pressure," said lead researcher Joseph Schwartz. He is a professor of psychiatry and sociology at ... Read more

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