Hypertension

AHA, ACC release new clinical guideline for managing hypertension in adults

AHA, ACC release new clinical guideline for managing hypertension in adults

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The AHA and ACC have released a new guideline that categorizes more US adults as hypertensive.

Mid-adulthood hypertension linked to dementia risk in women

Mid-adulthood hypertension linked to dementia risk in women

Among women, but not men, mid-adulthood hypertension correlated with a 65% increased dementia risk.

Managing hypertension in diabetes: a position statement from the ADA

Managing hypertension in diabetes: a position statement from the ADA

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The statement includes advances in care since the ADA's last position statement was published in 2003.

Managing high blood pressure in children: a clinical practice guideline

Managing high blood pressure in children: a clinical practice guideline

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The AAP has released an updated clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure in children.

Marijuana use increases risk of hypertension-related mortality

Marijuana use increases risk of hypertension-related mortality

Researchers found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking.

Reducing blood pressure below recommended targets significantly reduces CVD, mortality risk

Reducing blood pressure below recommended targets significantly reduces CVD, mortality risk

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Blood pressure levels below the recommended targets lower risk of CVD and all-cause mortality.

Screening for preeclampsia throughout pregnancy recommended by USPSTF

Screening for preeclampsia throughout pregnancy recommended by USPSTF

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The USPSTF recommends that pregnant women receive screening for preeclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy.

Knee osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of hypertension

Knee osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of hypertension

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Researchers observed a higher incidence of hypertension in patients with knee osteoarthritis compared with patients without osteoarthritis.

Increasing number of US adults with masked hypertension

Increasing number of US adults with masked hypertension

An estimated 12.3% of Americans over the age of 21 have masked hypertension.

Hypertension treatment in older adults: a new clinical practice guideline

Hypertension treatment in older adults: a new clinical practice guideline

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The ACP and the AAFP has released a joint recommendation for the pharmacologic treatment of hypertension in adults aged 60 years and older.

Elevated blood pressure trends have shifted worldwide

Elevated blood pressure trends have shifted worldwide

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The prevalence of elevated blood pressure rates shifted from high-income to low- and middle-income countries.

Postpartum readmission rates increase

Postpartum readmission rates increase

Readmission was more common among publically insured, black patients presenting with comorbidities including hypertension and diabetes.

Renal function can predict preeclampsia in pregnant women with hypertension

Renal function can predict preeclampsia in pregnant women with hypertension

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Baseline renal function tests may predict the risk of preeclampsia and preterm birth for pregnant women with hypertension.

Hypertension interventions are beneficial in older adults

Hypertension interventions are beneficial in older adults

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Even those who are in overall poor health and medically frail could benefit from hypertension interventions.

Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Addressing factors that lead to lack of adherence to antihypertensive 
therapy in elderly patients is crucial to improving outcomes.

Healthy diet reduces hypertension risk after gestational diabetes

Healthy diet reduces hypertension risk after gestational diabetes

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Women who had gestational diabetes may be able to reduce their risk of developing hypertension by eating a healthy diet.

Statins may benefit intermediate-risk patients without CVD

Statins may benefit intermediate-risk patients without CVD

Results from a study presented at ACC in Chicago suggest that statins can be more widely used in patients considered to be intermediate risk for cardiovascular disease.

Comparing RAS blockers and other antihypertensives for diabetes

Comparing RAS blockers and other antihypertensives for diabetes

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Renin angiotensin system blockers have similar risks and outcomes compared with other antihypertensive agents for patients with diabetes.

Initiating alpha-blocker therapy linked to higher risk of stroke in men

Initiating alpha-blocker therapy linked to higher risk of stroke in men

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Investigators found an increased risk of ischemic stroke among all patients within 21 days following initiation of alpha-blocker therapy.

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

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Premature birth has been associated with a number of adverse health conditions.

Hypertension treatment reduces cardiovascular risk regardless of starting blood pressure

Hypertension treatment reduces cardiovascular risk regardless of starting blood pressure

Treating hypertension can reduce the risk of major cardiovascular disease events regardless of blood pressure at the start of treatment.

FDA approves Uptravi for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

FDA approves Uptravi for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

The FDA has approved Uptravi (selexipag) for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in adult patients.

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension guidelines issued

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension guidelines issued

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New guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American Thoracic Society are the first for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension.

Intensive blood pressure lowering may provide greater cardiovascular benefits

Intensive blood pressure lowering may provide greater cardiovascular benefits

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Reducing blood pressure to a lower level than recommended in hypertension guidelines may further decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke.

USPSTF recommends screenings, confirmatory measurements for high blood pressure

USPSTF recommends screenings, confirmatory measurements for high blood pressure

The USPSTF recommends regular screenings for high blood pressure in adults. These results should be confirmed by home monitoring.

Monitoring for pulmonary hypertension

Monitoring for pulmonary hypertension

Doctors must assess for the presence of pulmonary hypertension in patients with lung disease, COPD, or emphysema, among other conditions.

Monitoring pregnant women with nonsevere hypertensive disorders 


Monitoring pregnant women with nonsevere hypertensive disorders 


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Hypertensive disorders are the most common medical complications of pregnancy, affecting 5-8% of all pregnancies in the U.S.

More intensive hypertension control benefits older adults

More intensive hypertension control benefits older adults

Reaching a systolic pressure of 120 mm HG reduces the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke by a third.

Integrative medicine treatments 
for hypertension

Integrative medicine treatments 
for hypertension

A number of evidence-based, 
nonpharmacologic approaches are 
available for patients with hypertension.

Folic acid, enalapril associated with decreased risk of stroke in hypertension

Folic acid, enalapril associated with decreased risk of stroke in hypertension

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Chinese adults with hypertension who added folic acid to enalapril saw a small but significant stroke risk decrease.

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