Hypertension

Increasing β-blocker Dose May Lower Death Risk in CHF With Diabetes

Increasing β-blocker Dose May Lower Death Risk in CHF With Diabetes

Effect is larger in chronic heart failure patients with diabetes than CHF patients without diabetes.

Coffee May Lower Heart Failure, Stroke Risk

Coffee May Lower Heart Failure, Stroke Risk

Each additional cup consumed per week tied to a decrease in risk compared with no coffee intake.

New Guidelines Redefine Hypertension

New Guidelines Redefine Hypertension

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Updated recommendations lower the blood pressure threshold for a hypertension diagnosis from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg.

Hypertension, Diabetes at Hemodialysis Initiation Increasing

Hypertension, Diabetes at Hemodialysis Initiation Increasing

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From 1995 to 2015, the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among patients starting hemodialysis increased from 67.9% to 87.6% and from 43.1% to 59.6%, respectively.

Resistant Hypertension Ups Risks of Cardiovascular Events, ESRD

Resistant Hypertension Ups Risks of Cardiovascular Events, ESRD

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Study of U.S. veterans found that patients with resistant hypertension had 23%, 31%, and 144% higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and end-stage renal disease, respectively.

Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Not Benefit CKD Patients

Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Not Benefit CKD Patients

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Post hoc analysis of SPRINT finds no significant difference in the incidence of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events among patients with moderate-to-advanced chronic kidney disease.

Borderline Pulmonary Hypertension Tied With Reduced Survival

Borderline Pulmonary Hypertension Tied With Reduced Survival

Increase in hazard of death with higher mean pulmonary arterial pressure, with no threshold seen.

Resistance to RAAS Inhibitors Not Easily Improved

Resistance to RAAS Inhibitors Not Easily Improved

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Patients who show a poor response to a certain dose and medication also show a poor response to higher doses and other RAAS inhibitors or NSAIDs, meta-analysis shows.

Hypertensive Adolescents Can Have Target Organ Damage

Hypertensive Adolescents Can Have Target Organ Damage

Some adolescents may have organ damage related to blood pressure and are not targeted for therapy.

Generic Antihypertensives' Commercialization Impacts AEs

Generic Antihypertensives' Commercialization Impacts AEs

Adverse events up for generic users of losartan, valsartan, candesartan in month of commercialization

Collaborative Style Ups Hypertension Medication Adherence

Collaborative Style Ups Hypertension Medication Adherence

Patients were 3 times less likely to take their medications if their providers didn't use a more collaborative style, such as asking open-ended questions, and ensuring they understood instructions, the investigators found.

Lower SBP Goal for Blacks May Prevent Cognitive Decline

Lower SBP Goal for Blacks May Prevent Cognitive Decline

The researchers found that scores on the cognitive tests were linked with the patient's systolic blood pressure.

Rivaroxaban, Warfarin Both Safe for Recurrent Stroke in A-Fib

Rivaroxaban, Warfarin Both Safe for Recurrent Stroke in A-Fib

In mild AF-related acute ischemic stroke, rivaroxaban and warfarin had comparable safety and efficacy.

Intensive BP Control May Reduce Death Risk in CKD Patients

Intensive BP Control May Reduce Death Risk in CKD Patients

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Targeting and treating systolic blood pressure to a lower range was associated with a 14% decreased risk of death, meta-analysis shows.

Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Higher With Intensive BP Control

Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Higher With Intensive BP Control

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Targeting a systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg versus 135 to 139 mm Hg increased the absolute risk of incident CKD by 2.6% over 3 years, but decreased the risk of cardiovascular events or death.

Even Small Weight Gain Increases Heart Failure

Even Small Weight Gain Increases Heart Failure

People who increased their weight by as little as 5% were more likely to have thickening and enlargement of the left ventricle.

Many Older Adults With A-Fib Do Not Receive Anticoagulants

Many Older Adults With A-Fib Do Not Receive Anticoagulants

The researchers found that there was an increase in NOAC use over time, warfarin use did not change, and overall anticoagulant use increased.

Even Slow Weight Gain Ups Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer Risks

Even Slow Weight Gain Ups Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer Risks

After 11 pounds gained, the risk of diabetes went up 31%, hypertension 14%, and cardiovascular disease 8%.

High-Risk HFrEF Not Improved With NT-ProBNP-Guided Therapy

High-Risk HFrEF Not Improved With NT-ProBNP-Guided Therapy

There was no significant difference between the groups in secondary end points or the decreases in NT-proBNP levels achieved.

Intensive Blood Pressure-Lowering as Safe as Usual Care

Intensive Blood Pressure-Lowering as Safe as Usual Care

The researchers found patients on intensive blood pressure treatment fared as well as those on standard care.

Metoprolol Increases Uric Acid, Risk of Gout

Metoprolol Increases Uric Acid, Risk of Gout

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In a study of African Americans with hypertension-related CKD, metoprolol, but neither ramipril nor amlodipine, increased serum uric acid levels.

New Pediatric Hypertension Guidelines Issued

New Pediatric Hypertension Guidelines Issued

The AAP published updated clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of children with hypertension.

Readmission Factors After Atrial Flutter Ablation ID'd

Readmission Factors After Atrial Flutter Ablation ID'd

The researchers found that the readmission rate was 18.19% among 5552 patients.

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Preeclampsia Risk

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Preeclampsia Risk

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Women at high risk for preeclampsia who took 150 mg of aspirin daily during pregnancy had 62% lower odds of developing the condition.

Marijuana Users More Likely to Die From Hypertension

Marijuana Users More Likely to Die From Hypertension

The researchers found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking.

FDA Clears Betrixaban for VTE Prophylaxis

FDA Clears Betrixaban for VTE Prophylaxis

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Fewer VTE events were observed in the betrixaban than enoxaparin arm.

Discontinuing Statin Therapy After Stroke Ups Risk of Recurrence

Discontinuing Statin Therapy After Stroke Ups Risk of Recurrence

Discontinuation of statin therapy between 3 and 6 months after an index ischemic stroke was associated with a higher risk of recurrent stroke within one year after statin discontinuation.

Daily Aspirin Appears Safe for Heart Failure Patients

Daily Aspirin Appears Safe for Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure.

"Stable" Survivors at Risk for Recurrent Stroke, Death

"Stable" Survivors at Risk for Recurrent Stroke, Death

Patients remain at substantial long-term risk, particularly for recurrent stroke and admission to an institution.

Increased Left Ventricular Mass Predicts Mortality

Increased Left Ventricular Mass Predicts Mortality

Moderate-severe hypertrophy correlated with a 1.7- and 1.8-fold increased risk of mortality and need for revascularization, respectively.

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