Hypertension

Four Risk Factors Account for Most Heart Failure in A-Fib

Four Risk Factors Account for Most Heart Failure in A-Fib

The researchers found that new-onset AF correlated with increased risk of heart failure in multivariable models.

Early Loop Diuretic Linked With Fewer Deaths in Heart Failure

Early Loop Diuretic Linked With Fewer Deaths in Heart Failure

Earlier treatment remained significantly correlated with lower in-hospital mortality in multivariate analysis.

Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction Benefits CKD Patients

Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction Benefits CKD Patients

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CKD patients treated to a target systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg were 28% less likely to die early.

Several Antihypertensive Meds at Smaller Doses Better for Blood Pressure

Several Antihypertensive Meds at Smaller Doses Better for Blood Pressure

Combining quarter doses of two drugs was as effective as a single standard dose of one blood pressure-lowering medication.

Targeting Systolic BP Below Guidelines Cuts CVD, Mortality Risks

Targeting Systolic BP Below Guidelines Cuts CVD, Mortality Risks

The researchers observed linear associations between mean achieved SBP and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.

Snacking on Chocolate May Lower Atrial-Fibrillation Risk

Snacking on Chocolate May Lower Atrial-Fibrillation Risk

Compared with individuals reporting chocolate intake less than once per month, the rate of AF was lower for people consuming chocolate regularly.

Following Low Sodium Recs May Not Lower BP

Following Low Sodium Recs May Not Lower BP

Dietary sodium intake guidelines may be misguided.

LVAD Recovers Cardiac Function for Some Heart Failure Pts

LVAD Recovers Cardiac Function for Some Heart Failure Pts

A total of 16 men had received an LVAD and then had it removed because they had significant recovery of heart function.

Bleeding Risk From Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants Similar for Older Afib Pts

Bleeding Risk From Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants Similar for Older Afib Pts

The risk of major bleeding is similar for older patients with atrial fibrillation taking either antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs.

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Blood Pressure

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As 25(OH)D levels increased, systolic blood pressure decreased significantly, even after accounting for calcium intake.

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

A majority of sodium consumed was from food obtained at stores; however, sodium density was highest in food obtained at restaurants.

Stem Cell-Sheet Transplantation Possible for Heart Failure

Stem Cell-Sheet Transplantation Possible for Heart Failure

The majority of the ischemic cardiomyopathy patients showed improvement in pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, pulmonary vein resistance, and left ventricular wall stress.

MRI Findings Prognostic for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

MRI Findings Prognostic for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

MRI measurements reflecting RV structure and stiffness of the proximal pulmonary vasculature are independent predictors of outcome in PAH.

Heart Failure Patients May Benefit From Omega-3 Supplements

Heart Failure Patients May Benefit From Omega-3 Supplements

Overall, patients on omega-3 supplements had an 8% lower risk of total mortality or hospitalization for cardiovascular disease over 4 years.

Creatinine Rise After RAS Blockade May Up Cardiorenal Risks

Creatinine Rise After RAS Blockade May Up Cardiorenal Risks

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Study documents higher risks even when creatinine increases are less than 30%, the guideline-recommended threshold for stopping treatment.

Intensive BP Control Does Not Prevent CKD Progression

Intensive BP Control Does Not Prevent CKD Progression

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Blood pressure targets below 130/80 and below 140/90 mm Hg are associated with similar renal outcomes among non-diabetics, meta-analysis shows.

Hypertensive Americans Still Consuming Excess Sodium

Hypertensive Americans Still Consuming Excess Sodium

People with high blood pressure consumed an average of 2,900 mg of sodium per day in 1999 and 3350 mg per day in 2012, for an overall average daily sodium intake of 3100 mg.

Poor Medication Adherence Among Resistant Hypertension Patients

Poor Medication Adherence Among Resistant Hypertension Patients

Changes over time in prescription adherence are common and affect treatment estimates considerably.

Dietary Potassium Lowers CVD, CKD Risks, Regardless of Sodium

Dietary Potassium Lowers CVD, CKD Risks, Regardless of Sodium

Numerous population studies demonstrate a relationship between higher dietary K+ and lower blood pressure regardless of sodium intake.

Hospital Readmission Common With Heart Failure

Hospital Readmission Common With Heart Failure

Among the etiologies of readmission, cardiac causes including heart failure and coronary artery disease were most common.

Low Salt Diet Improves Blood Pressure in CKD

Low Salt Diet Improves Blood Pressure in CKD

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With dietitian counseling, limiting sodium to 2000 mg per daily is feasible for chronic kidney disease patients.

More Patients Hospitalized for Atrial Fibrillation

More Patients Hospitalized for Atrial Fibrillation

Adjusted rates of hospitalization for AF increased by almost 1% per year between 1999 and 2013.

US Heart Failure Rates Increasing

US Heart Failure Rates Increasing

In the United States, more than 92.1 million people have cardiovascular disease.

Millions of US Adults May Have Masked Hypertension

Millions of US Adults May Have Masked Hypertension

An estimated 12.3% of Americans over the age of 21 have masked hypertension.

Higher Systolic BP Target Recommended for Older Patients

Higher Systolic BP Target Recommended for Older Patients

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New guidelines suggest aiming for a systolic pressure less than 150 mm Hg in hypertensive individuals aged 60 or older.

Beta-Blockers May Reduce Death Risk in HFrEF, A-Fib

Beta-Blockers May Reduce Death Risk in HFrEF, A-Fib

With respect to mortality and hospitalizations, there were no significant interactions for β-blockers and pattern or burden of AF.

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

To receive top ratings, a diet has to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss, and protective against diabetes and heart disease.

Hypertension, Prehypertension Increasing Worldwide

Hypertension, Prehypertension Increasing Worldwide

United States, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia accounted for more than 50% of elevated or high blood pressure cases.

Trial Design Can't Detect Heterogeneity in Hypertension Treatments

Trial Design Can't Detect Heterogeneity in Hypertension Treatments

Clinically important heterogeneity in intensive BP treatment remains undetectable in conventional trial designs but can be detected in sequential randomization trial designs.

Urinary Cancer Risk Lower in Spironolactone Users

Urinary Cancer Risk Lower in Spironolactone Users

Spironolactone use was associated with 12% decreased odds of prostate cancer in male patients and 19% decreased odds of bladder cancer in female patients.

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