Medicine fails to control blood pressure during exercise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with high but under control blood pressure saw a jump in their levels during exercise, an increase that mirrored the spikes seen under similar conditions among people with untreated hypertension, according to a new U.K. study. The findings open up the possibility of tailoring blood pressure treatment to a patient’s

High blood pressure carries a price tag of $131 billion a year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure is one of the nation’s biggest health problems. A new study quantifies just how big: The overall cost of high blood pressure has risen to about $131 billion a year – or nearly $2,000 in higher health care expenses for each patient. That makes high blood pressure,

What’s the connection between high blood pressure and HIV?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows. Learning more about the underlying mechanisms of high blood pressure in people with HIV is critical in

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A tipping point for developing high blood pressure?

Published by Harvard Heart Letter Research we’re watching    Although conventional wisdom suggests blood pressure rises gradually as people age, that isn’t true for everyone, according to new research. However, a systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) that regularly goes above 120 to 125 mm Hg may signal impending high blood pressure,

New efforts to curb high blood pressure in Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The reality of treating high blood pressure in the world’s most populated continent is trickier these days, experts say. After guidelines recently lowered the threshold for high blood pressure, about half of adults living in Asia now have the chronic condition. That’s why a group of Asian doctors has come

Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Women exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who develop elevated blood pressure before age 10, according to a new study. Past studies have linked high blood pressure in both children and adults with direct exposure to air pollution. The

OB-GYNs, cardiologists join to fight the No. 1 killer of women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Regular annual visits to the OB-GYN can be a linchpin to improving women’s heart health, according to an advisory issued Thursday that encourages collaboration with cardiologists and spells out recommendations on how the two can prevent heart disease. More than 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor

Are blood pressure measurement mistakes making you chronically ill?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s a familiar scenario: You find yourself at the doctor’s office, sitting on the edge of an exam table with your feet dangling inches above the floor. The nurse or medical assistant who seconds ago instructed you to sit now asks you questions about the reason for your visit –