Hypertension

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.

Treating hypertension in patients with coronary heart disease

Treating hypertension in patients with coronary heart disease

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Clinicians should help patients with CAD lower their blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Hypertension-related deaths spike in the United States

Hypertension-related deaths spike in the United States

A spike in hypertension-related death was seen in both genders and was most marked among those aged 45 to 64 years and those aged over 85 years.

Raising the hypertension threshold increases stroke risk

Raising the hypertension threshold increases stroke risk

The new recommended levels could have a particularly negative effect on Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks.

Timely, aggressive BP management encouraged

Timely, aggressive BP management encouraged

Systolic reading of 150 should prompt immediate action to prevent poor outcomes.

How effective is a low-glycemic diet?

How effective is a low-glycemic diet?

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In overweight adults, a low-glycemic diet did not improve insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or blood pressure.

Hypertension guideline adherence yields health, economic benefits

Hypertension guideline adherence yields health, economic benefits

Full implementation of the new hypertension guidelines would reduce deaths and treatment costs for patients aged 45 to 74 years with cardiovascular disease.

Eating blueberries may reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women

Eating blueberries may reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women

Nitric oxide levels were greater in the blueberry powder group compared with baseline levels, while no changes were observed in the control group.

Chronic insomnia tied to increased hypertension risk

Chronic insomnia tied to increased hypertension risk

Patients with chronic insomnia who took longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300% higher risk of hypertension.

Novel combo hypertension drug gets FDA nod

Novel combo hypertension drug gets FDA nod

Perindopril arginine and amlodipine besylate may be used as initial therapy if a patient is likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals.

Late, early menstruation onset age ups heart disease risk

Late, early menstruation onset age ups heart disease risk

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Women who had an early or late age of menstruation onset have an increased risk for coronary heart disease, stroke and hypertension.

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