Hypertension guidelines, one year later: monitoring the change

By American Heart Association News Tim Landis was a healthy 66-year-old who hiked, biked and jogged, wasn’t overweight and watched what he ate. But after he died suddenly of a heart attack in January, tests revealed years of untreated high blood pressure that caused cardiovascular disease. At his annual physicals, Tim’s systolic blood pressure (the

Infections may be a ‘trigger’ for heart attack, stroke

By American Heart Association News Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. Researchers have linked infections such as pneumonia

Autoimmune response in Type 1 diabetes may lead to heart disease

By American Heart Association News Keeping Type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease that affects the way

Heart attacks are becoming more common in younger people, especially women

By American Heart Association News Heart attacks – once characterized as a part of “old man’s disease” – are increasingly occurring in younger people, especially women, according to new research. The study presented Sunday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago and published in the AHA journal Circulation, sought to investigate heart attacks

A Good Read: The Label on Your Cold Medicine

Published by Heart Insight Magazine If you or someone you care about is among the nearly half of U.S. adults with high blood pressure, reading the label on your cold medicine and other over-the-counter treatments is important for your health. The Danger As cold and flu season take hold, many Americans will reach for cold medicines and

What’s the blood pressure connection to Alzheimer’s disease?

By American Heart Association News Look after your heart to be kind to the mind. That’s the primary message emerging from research into Alzheimer’s, a disease of the brain that appears to be deeply driven by what happens to the heart and blood vessels. The link between high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease has been

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