Treating asymptomatic elevated blood pressure linked to cardiac and kidney injury

Blood pressure is closely monitored in hospitalized patients. Severely high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or damage blood vessels and organs including the heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. However, most hospitalized patients experience transiently elevated blood pressure without signs of organ damage, also referred to as asymptomatic hypertension, which is sometimes treated with blood pressure medications. […]

500,000 missed out on blood pressure lowering drugs during pandemic

Nearly half a million people missed out on starting medication to lower their blood pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre at Health Data Research UK published today in Nature Medicine [1]. The researchers say that thousands of people could suffer an avoidable heart attack or stroke due to delays […]

Nifedipine effective for stabilizing blood pressure during induction of labor in women with preeclampsia

Pregnant women with severe preeclampsia taking a daily dose of blood pressure lowering nifedipine as labor is induced have achieved better blood pressure control during labor and were less likely to require fast-acting treatments to lower very high blood pressure. Researchers reported these findings on October 3, 2022 in Hypertension. “We know that bringing down very high blood pressure to […]

Gut bacteria and flavonoid-rich foods are linked and improve blood pressure levels

Hypertension Journal Report AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Flavonoid-rich foods, including berries, apples, pears and wine, appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, an association that is partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. “Our gut microbiome plays a key role in metabolizing flavonoids to enhance […]

5-minute breathing workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs

The study, published June 29 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, provides the strongest evidence yet that the ultra-time-efficient maneuver known as High-Resistance Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) could play a key role in helping aging adults fend off cardiovascular disease — the nation’s leading killer. In the United States alone, 65% of adults over age 50 have […]

Impact of blood pressure control programs at barbershops nationwide

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, kills more Americans than any other health condition. It is especially prevalent in Black Americans and is exacerbated by structural barriers to accessing high quality healthcare. In a 2018 randomized trial called the Los Angeles Barbershop Blood Pressure Study (LABBS), barbers were trained to screen their Black male patrons for hypertension and refer them to […]

Prescription’ to sit less, move more advised for mildly high blood pressure and cholesterol

A “prescription” to sit less and move more is the optimal first treatment choice for reducing mild to moderately elevated blood pressure and blood cholesterol in otherwise healthy adults, according to the new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. “The current American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosing high blood pressure and cholesterol recognize […]