American Heart Association

With help from pharmacists, better blood pressure cost $22


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 […]

Researchers to explore why some are hit harder by heart disease


Researchers from four institutions will explore why some Americans are hit harder by heart disease and what can be done about it.

The Strategically Focused Research Network on disparities will include investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northwestern University and […]

Future vaccine may help lower blood pressure long-term


A vaccine may one day help lower blood pressure for up to six months, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

The study in rats may eventually provide a novel alternative to treat high blood pressure in people, who would not need […]

Cracking the genetic code on heart problems in African-Americans


Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Day after day at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida where Donna Arnett, Ph.D., worked as a research […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]

High fitness level reduces chance of developing hypertension


People with the highest fitness levels are less likely to develop hypertension, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“If you’re exercising and you’re fit, your chances of developing hypertension are much less than someone else who has the same characteristics but isn’t fit,” said […]

Explosive compound reduced blood pressure in the female offspring of hypertensive rats

The explosive organic compound pentaerythritol tetranitrate might one day allow pregnant women to protect their daughters from developing high blood pressure before they’re born, according to an animal study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Researchers assessed the effect of PETN on pregnant rats with high blood pressure […]

Study: Belly fat may lead to high blood pressure by affecting kidneys

It’s been known for a while that a spare tire around the midsection is more of a risk for cardiac-health problems than a flatter stomach. A recently released study says it may be because extra belly fat can affect the kidneys, increasing blood pressure.

Dr. Aslan Turer, an interventional cardiologist […]

Kaiser Permanente awards $2.55 million grant to AHA

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system, has awarded a $2.55 million grant to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to improve  blood pressure control for African-Americans in two U.S. cities over a three year period.

The program will depend on community-based efforts as well as doctors and patients […]

Restricting calories may improve sleep apnea, blood pressure in obese people

Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more while […]