Hypertension

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.

Beta-Blockers Not Recommended for Dementia Patients

Beta-Blockers Not Recommended for Dementia Patients

Using beta-blockers was also associated with a higher risk of patient's reduced ability to perform daily functions independently.

DASH Diet Lowers Uric Acid in Pre-, Early Hypertension

DASH Diet Lowers Uric Acid in Pre-, Early Hypertension

The DASH diet lowered serum uric acid, and this effect was greater among participants with hyperuricemia.

One-Third of Hypertension Patients Fail to Comply With Meds

One-Third of Hypertension Patients Fail to Comply With Meds

Nearly a third of hypertensive participants were not adherent to antihypertensive drug therapy.

1 in 2 Americans Have a Chronic Health Condition

1 in 2 Americans Have a Chronic Health Condition

Conditions such as chronic illness, mental illness, or substance abuse commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health.

Young Susceptible to Endothelial Injury From Pollution

Young Susceptible to Endothelial Injury From Pollution

The findings suggest that living in a polluted environment could promote development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Increased Potassium Intake Found Not to Raise Hyperkalemia Risk

Increased Potassium Intake Found Not to Raise Hyperkalemia Risk

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Lack of association observed in study of hypertensive patients with normal renal function.

Midlife Hypertension May Increase Dementia Risk

Midlife Hypertension May Increase Dementia Risk

According to the authors, the influence of midlife hypetertension may lead to late-life impaired cognitive function.

Older Adults Have Many Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Older Adults Have Many Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Blacks have increased incidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, but not a-fib.

Lowering Salt Intake Reduces Mortality, Study Confirms

Lowering Salt Intake Reduces Mortality, Study Confirms

Findings support modest reductions in sodium intake among persons consuming high-sodium diets

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to ESRD, Mortality

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to ESRD, Mortality

Increased SBP variability tied to mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease

Hypertension May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

Hypertension May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

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Data from 21 observational studies showed an 8% increased risk of prostate cancer.

Losartan Reduces Aldosterone in Hypertension Without Sleep Apnea

Losartan Reduces Aldosterone in Hypertension Without Sleep Apnea

Losartan treatment is linked to aldosterone reductions in patients with hypertension but not obstructive sleep apnea.

Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100K US Deaths

Intensive Systolic Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100K US Deaths

Findings indicate high-risk adults would benefit from intensive program to lower SBP to 120 or less.

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