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Older, healthy adults with systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Raising the systolic blood pressure threshold from 140 to 150 mmHg, as a new target for high blood pressure treatment in older people who don’t have chronic kidney disease or diabetes, could put this population at greater stroke risk, according to new research in the […]

Prehypertension in late pregnancy linked with underweight newborns, stillbirths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who develop prehypertension late in pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to underweight or stillborn babies than women whose blood pressure remains normal.

Hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or above) has previously been associated with low birth weight and stillbirth. However, […]

Small reductions in kidney function associated with heart, blood vessel damage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even small reductions in kidney function are associated with heart and blood vessel damage, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

“Even in very healthy people, a small reduction in kidney function from normal to just a bit below normal was associated […]

Study could alter approach to treating high blood pressure

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

It was 2011 when David Baldwin got a diagnosis familiar to millions of Americans: He had high blood pressure. He did […]

High blood pressure in medical settings lead to higher chances for risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients whose blood pressures spike in the doctor’s office but not at home —  known as white coat hypertension — and patients whose blood pressure spikes at home but not in the doctor’s office, suffer more heart attacks, heart failure and strokes than patients with normal […]

More aggressive treatment of high blood pressure saves lives in study

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida — When the National Institutes of Health released teaser data in September from a major study showing that a more aggressive reduction in high blood pressure could significantly lower the rates of cardiovascular diseases and death, some criticized the agency for touting preliminary […]

AHA, AMA launch high blood pressure initiative

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new initiative from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association aims to help people with high blood pressure get it under control. Called Target: BP, the program will support doctors and care teams in helping patients reach a blood pressure goal of […]

Moving to a walking neighborhood is good for your blood pressure

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who moved from a neighborhood that required a vehicle to run errands to one where walking errands were convenient were significantly less likely to have high blood pressure than people who moved from one low-walkability neighborhood to another low-walkability neighborhood, according to research presented […]

With help from pharmacists, better blood pressure cost $22

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A pharmacist-physician collaborative effort to control blood pressure among a diverse group of patients was considered cost-effective, with a $22 price tag to increase the hypertension control rate by 1 percent, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

“Previous studies have […]

TV anchor’s high blood pressure diagnosis ‘a wake-up call’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A high blood pressure diagnosis at age 27 gave Jessica Larche the motivation she needed to make the lifestyle changes she’d been struggling with her whole life.

“It was a wake-up call,” said Larche, who had high self-esteem but “decided it wasn’t about losing weight for […]