Hypertension

Hyperkalemia More Likely in Sicker Elderly Patients

Hyperkalemia More Likely in Sicker Elderly Patients

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As elderly patients age, the number of drugs they take that may cause hyperkalemia increases.

Two Drug Types Added to Heart Failure Guidelines

Two Drug Types Added to Heart Failure Guidelines

Heart groups issue updated guideline for the treatment of heart failure.

Lower SBP Target Reduces CVD Events, Mortality in Elderly

Lower SBP Target Reduces CVD Events, Mortality in Elderly

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The findings warrant reconsideration of blood pressure targets for many patients older than 75, according to an editorial.

Ambulatory BP Monitoring Can Help ID Masked Hypertension

Ambulatory BP Monitoring Can Help ID Masked Hypertension

African Americans with masked hypertension had 2 times the risk of developing clinic hypertension.

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Researchers say restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding.

Blood Pressure Trends Help Predict Stroke

Blood Pressure Trends Help Predict Stroke

Odds increase with rapid rise in middle age.

Blood Pressure Control Beneficial for Seniors, SPRINT Shows

Blood Pressure Control Beneficial for Seniors, SPRINT Shows

Latest findings from national trial show it lowers chances of heart failure, even in older adults.

Increased Fall Risk Found With Antihypertensive Meds

Increased Fall Risk Found With Antihypertensive Meds

A patient's short-term fall risk increases in the 15 days after initiation or intensification of antihypertensive medication.

Optimal Blood Pressure Uncertain for Seniors With CKD

Optimal Blood Pressure Uncertain for Seniors With CKD

Elevated systolic BP is linked to adverse outcomes in elderly patients.

Hyperkalemia Common in Clinical Practice

Hyperkalemia Common in Clinical Practice

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Treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors was most strongly associated with hyperkalemia.

ACEI/ARBs Improve AMI Outcomes Regardless of Kidney Function

ACEI/ARBs Improve AMI Outcomes Regardless of Kidney Function

Treatment linked to improved long-term survival, regardless of underlying kidney function.

Aliskiren/Enalapril Combo Results in More Harms in Heart Failure

Aliskiren/Enalapril Combo Results in More Harms in Heart Failure

The addition of aliskiren to enalapril led to more adverse events in patients with chronic heart failure without an increase in benefit.

Recommended Anticoagulation Not Routinely Prescribed in High-Risk AFib

Recommended Anticoagulation Not Routinely Prescribed in High-Risk AFib

More than half of high-risk atrial fibrillation patients are not prescribed oral anticoagulants.

Blood Pressure Goals Needful for Children, Teens

Blood Pressure Goals Needful for Children, Teens

Trajectory data indicate that childhood BP levels correlate with BP status at age 38 years.

Demographic Profile Emerges for Persistent A-Fib From Onset

Demographic Profile Emerges for Persistent A-Fib From Onset

Patients with PsAFonset are part of a distinct demographic and often have poorer clinical outcomes.

Incretin-Based Meds Don't Increase Heart Failure Hospitalizations

Incretin-Based Meds Don't Increase Heart Failure Hospitalizations

No increased in hospitalization rate was found in patients on incretin-based drugs with heart failure.

Low-risk Tai Chi Exercises Help Cardiovascular Health

Low-risk Tai Chi Exercises Help Cardiovascular Health

In addition to tai chi, traditional Chinese exercises have been found to improve quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Heart Failure Patients With Low Osmolality at Risk for Early Death

Heart Failure Patients With Low Osmolality at Risk for Early Death

Researchers found a correlation between low discharge osmolality and elevated all-cause mortality in heart failure patients.

Genetic Testing Does Not Predict A-Fib in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Genetic Testing Does Not Predict A-Fib in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Genotype was not predictive of onset or severity of atrial fibrillation.

Egregious Errors With Smartphone Blood Pressure App

Egregious Errors With Smartphone Blood Pressure App

Measurements were off 4 out of 5 times when popular mobile application was tested.

Nighttime BP Elevated in Prediabetes Patients With CKD

Nighttime BP Elevated in Prediabetes Patients With CKD

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In these patients, systolic blood pressure at night was elevated by an average of 2.9 mm Hg.

Yogurt Linked to Lower Risk of Hypertension

Yogurt Linked to Lower Risk of Hypertension

Effect seen in women, not men; strongest effect seen in the highest tertile of DASH scores.

6 Blood Pressure Triggers to Avoid

6 Blood Pressure Triggers to Avoid

Avoiding salt and weight gain, among other triggers, can help lower elevated blood pressure.

Study Questions Blood Pressure Target for Diabetes Patients

Study Questions Blood Pressure Target for Diabetes Patients

A new large scale study found that depending on baseline systolic blood pressure (SBP) level, the use of antihypertensive medication led to different outcomes in patients with diabetes.

Editorial Questions Systolic Blood Pressure Target of Less Than 120 mm Hg

Editorial Questions Systolic Blood Pressure Target of Less Than 120 mm Hg

Small absolute benefit seen in SPRINT must be balanced with increased adverse event rates.

Adverse Renal Outcomes Linked to Blood Pressure Variability

Adverse Renal Outcomes Linked to Blood Pressure Variability

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Greater visit-to-visit variability in systolic blood pressure is associated with a higher risk of ESRD or a 50% or greater decrease in eGFR.

Masked Hypertension Common, Harmful in CKD Patients

Masked Hypertension Common, Harmful in CKD Patients

Masked HTN common among patients with chronic kidney disease; also linked to low eGFR, proteinuria.

JNC8 Hypertension Treatment Threshold Too High for Seniors

JNC8 Hypertension Treatment Threshold Too High for Seniors

Team says the treatment threshold is too high for those over 60 years of age.

Pulse Pressure Linked to Poor Cardiovascular Outcomes

Pulse Pressure Linked to Poor Cardiovascular Outcomes

After adjustment for multiple variables, PP linked to all outcomes except stroke, cardiovascular death.

Majority of Americans Consuming Excess Sodium

Majority of Americans Consuming Excess Sodium

Changes in individual lifestyles and how foods are produced are needed to lower consumption.

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