New health trackers warn of heart-attack risk, discreetly

Mike Feibus, Special for USA TODAY A new generation of apps and wearables is emerging with the ability to monitor vital signs crucial to spotting heart problems, giving us and our doctors powerful new weapons to fight stroke and heart disease. Just last week, Apple revealed it would be testing, along with Stanford Medicine, an Apple

Interactive Digital Interventions Help Patients Control High Blood Pressure

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends the use of interactive digital interventions to improve blood pressure control in patients with high blood pressure. Interactive digital interventions for blood pressure control provide self-management information and support through the use of a computer, smartphone, telephone, or other hand-held device. The digital component must be interactive while patients

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Tips to keep blood pressure in check this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The holidays can be filled with everything from family visits, traveling and festive meals to illness and financial concerns. For the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, these changes and stressors can lead to drastic fluctuations in blood pressure that can increase risk for heart attack or stroke. These

More than 300 medical practices and health systems recognized for blood pressure control

American Heart Association and American Medical Association select first recipients of new Target: BP™ Recognition Program awards DALLAS, Nov. 28, 2017 — The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) today recognized 310 physician practices and health systems from across the country for their commitment to reducing the number of Americans who

Experts recommend lower blood pressure for older Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — The risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and death can be reduced in adults 65 and older if they’re treated for blood pressure the same way younger people are – to a systolic blood pressure of less than 130 – according to new guidelines from scientists and medical experts.

More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population. The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – also called hypertension –

Volunteer adds patient’s perspective to new high blood pressure guidelines

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NAHEIM, California — If you’re researching the best ways for doctors to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, it’s important for top cardiovascular experts to exhaustively analyze the best available scientific studies. It’s also important to invite people from outside the scientific system, people who know what it’s like when

Don’t just get your BP taken; make sure it’s taken the right way

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Attention passengers, this is your pilot speaking. I’m kind of in a hurry to get to our destination and you probably are, too. Since I know what I’m doing, I’m going to cut some time by zipping through all those boring safety checks that usually take us so long, and

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Should Clarify Your Status — What To Do About It

From the Huffington Post, A message from Nancy Brown, Contributor and CEO, American Heart Association There’s a new way to classify blood pressure readings, and the biggest change is for anyone who’s been described as “prehypertensive” or “high normal.” Millions of Americans earned those labels for having a top number of 120-139 or a bottom number