Teens also at risk for organ damage from high blood pressure

American Heart Association Meeting Report, Abstract 150 SAN FRANCISCO, September 2017 — Organ damage from high blood pressure doesn’t only occur in adults; it can also happen in teenagers, according to research presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions

Adults without partners monitor their blood pressure less frequently

American Heart Association Meeting Report Abstract 76 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2017 – Having a lower education level and no partner is associated with a lower frequency of home blood pressure monitoring, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2017 Scientific Sessions. Researchers assessed the data of 6,113 U.S.

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Blood pressure better controlled with “MAP” for doctors

American Heart Association Meeting Report, Presentation 93 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2017— A quality improvement program designed to better control hypertension in primary care practices notably improved hypertension control in six months, according to research presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society

What’s happening in the body when BP rises? It may depend on your gender

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS When blood pressure rises, three possibilities are to blame. Either your heart rate went up, the volume of blood pumped by the heart rose, or there was increased resistance to blood flow through the vessels. A new study suggests gender may influence which is to blame in younger people. Treatment

The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check. New research released Thursday indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long-term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. “These results provide evidence that what we may want

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in blood pressure may be especially

Efforts continue to understand societal impact on health

by American Heart News For decades, researchers have been piecing together the unfortunate reality that wide-ranging societal factors affect people’s health. It’s still too early to know precisely how these things impact heart disease, stroke and other major health problems. But, as work continues to fully understand these relationships, there’s no denying the very real

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Marijuana Tied to Hypertension Risk

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  The New York Times  AUG. 21, 2017 –  Marijuana use may be a cause of high blood pressure, a new study reports. Researchers studied 332 deaths among 1,213 people participating in a larger health study, of whom 57 percent were marijuana users. They had used marijuana for an average of 12 years, and

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By American Heart Association News t’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation. Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take their medications as directed