Hypertension

Non-Surgical Balloon Device Approved for Obesity

Non-Surgical Balloon Device Approved for Obesity

Inflated in stomach, it may create sense of fullness.

Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Heart Disease, Early Death

Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Heart Disease, Early Death

Wide fluctuations between doctor visits tied to raised odds of heart disease, early death.

Delivery of Life-saving Stroke Treatment Needs Improvement

Delivery of Life-saving Stroke Treatment Needs Improvement

Study shows delivery of tissue plasminogen activator is often later than staff believes.

6-Minute Walk Stress Test Predicts Pulmonary Hypertension

6-Minute Walk Stress Test Predicts Pulmonary Hypertension

6-minute walk stress echocardiography noninvasively predicts pulmonary hypertension development in connective tissue disease.

Blacks at Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Blacks at Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Higher rates of sudden cardiac arrest are seen in blacks versus whites and often at younger ages.

Say High Blood Pressure Instead of Hypertension to Patients

Say High Blood Pressure Instead of Hypertension to Patients

Patients may think of hypertension as a psychological condition, related to too much tension, study finds.

Blood Pressure Drug Initiation Linked to Serious Falls in Elderly

Blood Pressure Drug Initiation Linked to Serious Falls in Elderly

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Initiating antihypertensive therapy increases the short-term risk of falls in elderly patients, study finds.

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Still Needed in All States

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Still Needed in All States

About half of cardiovascular deaths could be prevented with elimination of 5 major risk factors.

Better Hypertension Treatment with Expansion in Insurance Coverage

Better Hypertension Treatment with Expansion in Insurance Coverage

Increase expected to lead to fewer coronary heart disease events, stroke events, CVD-related deaths.

Risk Factors for CKD Progression ID'd

Risk Factors for CKD Progression ID'd

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Proteinuria, hyperphosphatemia, anemia linked more rapid annual decline in eGFR.

Mildly Elevated Blood Pressure May Raise Heart Risks in Middle Age

Mildly Elevated Blood Pressure May Raise Heart Risks in Middle Age

Treatment should begin early to prevent cardiac dysfunction, researchers say.

More than 1 in 10 Lupus Patients Have Pulmonary Hypertension

More than 1 in 10 Lupus Patients Have Pulmonary Hypertension

Patients have few cardiopulmonary symptoms; serum uric acid can predict presence of pumonary hypertension.

Blood Pressure and Other Meds Increase Risk of Heat-Related Illness

Blood Pressure and Other Meds Increase Risk of Heat-Related Illness

Mechanisms include diuresis and electrolyte imbalance, sedation and cognitive impairment.

Low-Sodium Diet Improves Effectiveness of Antihypertensive Meds

Low-Sodium Diet Improves Effectiveness of Antihypertensive Meds

Drugs significantly lower blood pressure even without adherence to low-salt diet

Delaying ARBs After Surgery Linked to Greater Mortality

Delaying ARBs After Surgery Linked to Greater Mortality

Failure to resume ARBs linked to mortality risk, especially in younger patients.

Women with Hypertension, Diabetes Less Likely to Use CAM

Women with Hypertension, Diabetes Less Likely to Use CAM

Lower odds for consulting complementary and alternative medicine practitioner, taking CAM

Prolonged HIV Medication Use May Raise Hypertension Risk

Prolonged HIV Medication Use May Raise Hypertension Risk

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Study finds a link with combination therapy based on a protease inhibitor and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor.

6-Minute Walk Test Predicts Outcomes in Pulmonary Hypertension Patients

6-Minute Walk Test Predicts Outcomes in Pulmonary Hypertension Patients

Findings in patients with pulmonary hypertension linked to heart failure and preserved ejection fraction

Sodium Levels Rise As CKD Progresses

Sodium Levels Rise As CKD Progresses

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In a small study, each 1 mL/min/1.73 m2 decrease in eGFR was associated with a significant 0.020 mmol/L increase in serum sodium.

Dialysis Patients More Likely to Die in Winter

Dialysis Patients More Likely to Die in Winter

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Austrian study finds a death rate in winter of 1.60 deaths per 100 patient-months compared with 1.06 deaths per 100 patient-months in summer.

Daily Caffeine Linked to Lower Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Daily Caffeine Linked to Lower Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

Study suggests caffeine may help maintain healthy blood flow and sexual function.

Third-Line Therapy Choices for Type 2 Diabetes

Third-Line Therapy Choices for Type 2 Diabetes

TZD effective post metformin and exenatide; exenatide effective post metformin and glimepiride.

PCa Recurrence Not Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

PCa Recurrence Not Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

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High LDL cholesterol and high blood glucose, however, did increase the risk of PSA relapse.

Sodium Content Too High in Over Half of Packaged Foods

Sodium Content Too High in Over Half of Packaged Foods

Many cold cuts, pizza, packaged meals contain too much sodium to be labeled 'healthy', according to a new CDC report.

New Hypertension Guidelines for Coronary Artery Disease Patients

New Hypertension Guidelines for Coronary Artery Disease Patients

One aim of the updated guidelines is more flexibility for heart disease patients, doctors say.

Partial Nephrectomy Does Not Eliminate CKD Risk

Partial Nephrectomy Does Not Eliminate CKD Risk

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The risk is particularly elevated for patients who have CKD risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, and older age.

International Cardiovascular Disease Risk Equation

International Cardiovascular Disease Risk Equation

Risk equation can be recalibrated for application in different countries; good discrimination in validations.

Spike in Hypertension-Related Deaths, Says CDC

Spike in Hypertension-Related Deaths, Says CDC

Most marked increases seen in those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85

Enalapril Plus Folic Acid Reduces Stroke Risk in Hypertension

Enalapril Plus Folic Acid Reduces Stroke Risk in Hypertension

Study in Chinese population shows reduced risk of first stroke with combined use of enalapril, folic acid

Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Blood Pressure

Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Blood Pressure

No reductions in systolic, diastolic BP in trial-level analysis, individual patient data analysis

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