Australian study: Many home blood pressure monitors not validated for accuracy

Most blood pressure devices sold for home monitoring in Australia—and possibly worldwide—may not have been validated for accuracy and could lead to misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. In this study, the researchers studied the online blood pressure device marketplace in Australia, including large, multi-national, e-commerce businesses such as […]

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Connecting dots between higher blood pressure early in life and dementia

Whether elevated blood pressure early in life translates to increased risk of dementia is a question scientists are working to answer. “Dementia is not a normal part of aging, and once it begins you can’t reverse it,” says Dr. Shaoyong Su, genetic epidemiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “It typically surfaces […]

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Spikes in blood pressure among young adults spell trouble in mid-age

Wide swings in blood pressure readings among young adults are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease by middle age, a new analysis led by Duke Health researchers shows. The finding, publishing Jan. 22 in JAMA Cardiology, suggests that the current practice of averaging blood pressure readings to determine whether medications are necessary could be masking a potential early […]

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New migraine medications could endanger patients with high blood pressure

New migraine medications block αCGRP, a neuropeptide which causes vasodilation, for example in the meninges. The very same peptide, which is formed in the muscles during physical activity, protects the heart—which is vital for people with chronic high blood pressure. The innovative migraine prophylaxis could endanger these people, as researchers at the University of Zurich have demonstrated in mice. The […]

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AMA, AHA support refresher training for measuring blood pressure

(HealthDay)—Health care professionals (HCPs) should receive consistent and frequent training in measuring blood pressure (BP), according to a report prepared for the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association and released Nov. 18. Telephone interviews were conducted among 32 U.S. HCPs who work at a primary care location providing blood pressure measurement services to patients. Based on emerging themes, […]

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More severe OSA leads to higher blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension

In patients with high blood pressure resistant to treatment who also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the more severe their OSA, the higher their blood pressure, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Prevalence, Characteristics and Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Resistant Hypertension,” Esther Sapiña-Beltrán […]

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Small reductions in blood pressure ‘slash the risk of heart disease’

Small reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol ‘could cut heart disease risk by up to 80 per cent even in healthy people’ Scientists analysed the heart health of more than 438,000 people  They said good heart health ‘pays very big dividends’  Expert urges people to take advantage of free health checks on the NHS  Even small reductions in blood pressure and […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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