Hypertension

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.

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, ACE Inhibitors Similarly Effective

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers, ACE Inhibitors Similarly Effective

Research challenges previous findings that suggest ACE inhibitors have greater benefits.

Heart Failure Mortality in U.S. Increased 2012-2014

Heart Failure Mortality in U.S. Increased 2012-2014

Decrease in age-adjusted death rates from 2000 to 2012; increase from 2012 to 2014.

E-Mail Is a Primary Method of Doctor-Patient Communication

E-Mail Is a Primary Method of Doctor-Patient Communication

Online communications reduced need for phone calls and office visits for many.

Key 2015 Studies Provide Insight into Resistant Hypertension

Key 2015 Studies Provide Insight into Resistant Hypertension

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Renal denervation appears relatively safe and effective, according to recent research.

Reduced Sodium Intake May Be Harmful in Heart Failure

Reduced Sodium Intake May Be Harmful in Heart Failure

Sodium restriction linked to increased risk of death or heart failure hospitalization.

Hypertension Treatment Beneficial No Matter the Starting Pressure

Hypertension Treatment Beneficial No Matter the Starting Pressure

Reductions in risks of major CVD events, coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure.

Uptravi Approved for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Uptravi Approved for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Drug found to limit worsening of the disease and reduce the need for hospitalization.

Nitrates in Heart Failure May Do More Harm Than Good

Nitrates in Heart Failure May Do More Harm Than Good

Nitrates reduce activity, quality of life, researchers find.

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