The PKD2 channel is involved in controlling blood pressure and activated differently in distinct blood vessels in the body Scientists have identified a key player in blood pressure regulation and have shown that switching it off reduces blood pressure in mice, according to new research in eLife. Their study ends much uncertainty about the contribution […]Continue Reading ...
Doctors could improve the care of high blood pressure by relying more on home blood pressure (BP) checks and not so much on the less-accurate office BP assessments, wrote health care quality experts from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in an editorial in the journal JAMA. “As the evidence in […]Continue Reading ...
Smoke-free policies have been associated with lower systolic (top number) blood pressure readings among non-smokers, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. While smoke-free policies – laws that prohibit smoking in public places like bars and restaurants – have been […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 — Contrary to common belief, blood pressure doesn’t have to rise as you age, a study of two remote South American tribes suggests. Looking at the isolated Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan rainforest, researchers found their blood pressure remained low from youth to age 60. That’s probably because as hunter-gatherer-gardeners, they […]Continue Reading ...
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 — Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000 young American adults, having high blood pressure was linked to as much as a 3.5 […]Continue Reading ...
Blood pressure readings of 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher taken at home can be used to diagnose hypertension in white, black and Hispanic U.S. adults, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. “Until now, recommendations for diagnosing high blood pressure with measurements done at home were primarily from […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 — If you’re on multiple medications and your high blood pressure is still not under control, you might want to ask your doctor to check the lead levels in your shin bones. Researchers found a link between the two, and they noted that standard blood tests didn’t spot rising lead levels […]Continue Reading ...
The most effective way to prevent life-threatening complications of extreme hypertension in African-Americans with diabetes is to better control their blood pressure, according to a Rutgers study, the largest of its kind. The study, which appears in Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, included 783 diabetic and 1,001 non-diabetic patients from a New Jersey hospital emergency department […]Continue Reading ...
One in five young adults in India has high blood pressure, according to research presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI). That equates to around 80 million people, which is more than the entire UK population. CSI 2018 is being held 22 to 25 November in Mumbai. Joint scientific […]Continue Reading ...
In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines, lowering hypertension threshold to 130/80 mm Hg from the previous 140/90 mm Hg. A new study predicts that achieving and maintaining the 2017 guideline blood pressure goals could prevent more than 3 million cardiovascular disease events over ten […]Continue Reading ...
A South American tribe living in near-total isolation with no Western dietary influences showed no increase in average blood pressure from age one to age 60, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In comparison, a nearby tribe whose diet includes some processed foods and salt did […]Continue Reading ...
The baroreceptor reflex is a fascinating medical phenomenon. The reflex is controlled by specialized neurons that react in just a fraction of a second to keep blood pressure fairly consistent. For example, when you stand up, your blood pressure normally drops–rapidly. Yet you don’t faint thanks to baroreceptors, which tell your heart rate to increase […]Continue Reading ...
Individual cells within the same heart cope differently with high blood pressure, according to a study in human cells and mice by a team of cardiologists and computational biologists at the University of Tokyo. This is the first time researchers have identified distinct differences between heart muscle cells that fail and those that adapt to […]Continue Reading ...
Because only half of the people in the United States diagnosed with high blood pressure have their condition under control, an easy, cost-effective method to monitor blood pressure would be a significant advance to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. A study published ahead of print Oct. 15 in PNAS (Proceedings of the […]Continue Reading ...
Using a novel biomarker panel to track and measure kidney function, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of California San Francisco School of Medicine report that lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120 mm Hg does not damage the kidney organ itself. Instead, any negative changes to clinical […]Continue Reading ...
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