Poor oral health linked to higher blood pressure, worse blood pressure control

Hypertension Journal Report DALLAS, October 22, 2018 – People with high blood pressure taking medication for their condition are more likely to benefit from the therapy if they have good oral health, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. Findings of the analysis, based on a review of medical and dental exam records of

Church-based health programs may help black adults lower blood pressure

By American Heart Association News A new study found that black churchgoers who learned about healthy habits while receiving religious and personal encouragement saw a steeper drop in their blood pressure than those who didn’t. That’s important because high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in

How many at-home checks does it take to diagnose high blood pressure?

By American Heart Association News A routine visit to the doctor’s office typically results in a single blood pressure measurement. But for people on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension, visits usually involve several additional checks at the office, along with a recommendation of having more taken at home. But

Researchers suggest way to possibly eliminate artery-clogging condition

By American Heart Association News Researchers have proposed a unique study in humans to reduce the early onset of atherosclerosis, the buildup of the artery-clogging plaque that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. The report, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association(link opens in new window), reviews a host of previous

Big fluctuations in BP and cholesterol increase heart disease, stroke risk

By American Heart Association News Fluctuations in blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and cholesterol could put people at higher risk for heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. The Korean study, published Monday in the journal Circulation(link opens in new window), used health exam and insurance records for almost 7 million adults

Dr. Ronald Victor, Pioneer of Barbershop Blood Pressure Studies: 1952-2018

Posted by Los Angeles Business Journal Dr. Ronald G. Victor, a physician-scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who saved the lives of black men with hypertension by recruiting barbers to check their blood pressure, has died. He was 66. Victor, an associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute, died Sept. 10 from an unknown cause, the

Lifestyle changes reduce the need for blood pressure medications

CHICAGO, Sept 8, 2018 —  Men and women with high blood pressure reduced the need for antihypertensive medications within 16 weeks after making lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions, an annual conference focused on recent advances in hypertension research. Lifestyle changes are the first

Monitoring at home yields better blood pressure control

CHICAGO Sept 8, 2018 —  Home blood pressure monitoring improved hypertension control and saved medical costs, according to results of a pilot initiative presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions. American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines stress the importance of home blood pressure monitoring for optimal high blood pressure management.


Phone app gets more adults to take their blood pressure medication

By American Heart Association News People with high blood pressure are more inclined to take their medications correctly if an app on their smartphone reminds them, a new study suggests. Considering an estimated three out of four Americans do not take their medications as directed, researchers wanted to test the impact of the Medisafe app

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Nearly 1 in 5 with supposed drug-resistant high blood pressure aren’t taking meds

By American Heart Association News   For about one in five people with what appears to be hard-to-treat, or resistant, high blood pressure, they simply aren’t taking prescribed medications, new research suggests. Drug-resistant hypertension appears to be on the rise and occurs when blood pressure remains above normal even after the patient has been put