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 –

Stroke Prevention Checklist

The stroke prevention checklist explains how members of your community can get a clear understanding why controlling blood pressure and other significant risks are important. Here is how you can spread the word on stroke prevention this American Stroke Month: SHARE our stroke prevention checklist. PARTICIPATE in National Cycling Day on May 14th.#CycleNation CHECK your blood pressure

Join AHA in our blood pressure check challenge this May

Our Goal: 3 Million Blood Pressure Checks in One Month Measuring blood pressure regularly is an important part of keeping high blood pressure controlled. Also, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. That’s why we want to encourage as many people as possible to get a blood pressure check this

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Study: HBP and prediabetes together increase risk to heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure and prediabetes together may do more harm to the body than either one alone. The first study of its type looking into the association between slightly elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure found that prediabetes didn’t increase cardiovascular risk by itself. But when researchers looked

High blood pressure before pregnancy may increase risk of miscarriage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS High blood pressure before conception may increase the risk of miscarriage for healthy young women with a history of lost pregnancies, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, was the first to focus specifically on differences in preconception blood pressure among young