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Uric acid levels closely related to hypertension in Blacks
New research shows that higher levels of uric acid are strongly associated with high blood pressure in blacks, suggesting that a simple blood test could predict risk and that treatments to lower uric acid may be a novel way to reduce hypertension-related complications in this population.
Nov 2, 2006, 21:21
Is TROPHY misleading?
There may be as many as 70 million Americans with prehypertension. If these people can be treated pharmacologically to avoid or delay progression to clinical hypertension, there would be significant benefits to them and the overall health of the population.
Oct 27, 2006, 16:39
High blood pressure induces low fat metabolism in heart muscle
Under some conditions this energy-hungry organ is prone to defects in its energy metabolism that contribute to heart disease, according to research published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology by de las Fuentes and colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Earlier research led by de las Fuentes' colleague Robert J. Gropler, M.D., showed that heart muscle in people with diabetes is overly dependent on fat for energy. Even though fat is an efficient fuel, burning it for energy creates an unusually high demand for oxygen, making the diabetic heart more sensitive to the drops in oxygen levels that occur with coronary artery blockage.
Aug 7, 2006, 13:42
Beta Blockers No More First Choice for Hypertension
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), UK and the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions, in conjunction with the British Hypertension Society (BHS) on Wednesday 28 June launched the keenly awaited updated clinical guideline on the management of hypertension. The guideline updates the recommendations for the pharmacological management of hypertension contained in the original NICE guideline published in August 2004. Based on a thorough review of recently published data, the guideline sets the gold standard for the optimum pharmacological management of hypertension and in so doing seeks to decrease morbidity and mortality resulting from cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, chronic renal failure and coronary heart disease for which hypertension is a significant risk factor.
Jun 29, 2006, 01:18
Job stress does not raise blood pressure
Hassles at work do not shoot up blood pressure, say scientists, dismissing notions that job stress lead to high blood pressure and hypertension.
May 7, 2006, 18:28
Blood Pressure Readings Lower when Patients Slow Down
After rushing to make your appointment, your name is called to be seen by the doctor. You are escorted to a room, where you sit on a table wrapped in crinkly white paper to have your temperature and blood pressure measured. Although a familiar scene, nurses at the University of Virginia Health System have confirmed a major problem with this scenario.
Apr 22, 2006, 18:01
Promising evidence of new drug therapies in Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
Several promising new treatments may prolong lives as well as improve the quality of life for people living with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Research showing benefits of these novel drug therapies for lethal lung disease were presented at the 26th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).
Apr 10, 2006, 16:07
Fewer hours of sleep could lead to hypertension
Fewer hours of sleep at night could raise your blood pressure, particularly if you are middle aged, says a new study.
Apr 5, 2006, 14:11
Loneliness linked to high blood pressure in aging adults
Loneliness is a major risk factor in increasing blood pressure in older Americans, and could increase the risk of death from stroke and heart disease, new research at the University of Chicago shows.
Mar 28, 2006, 20:37
Grape seed extract may be effective in reducing blood pressure
Grape seed extract lowered the blood pressure of patients who participated in a UC Davis study of the benefits of the supplement on people with high blood pressure.
Mar 27, 2006, 04:04
TROPHY Trial: Incidence of hypertension reduced with early intervention
Treating pre-hypertension with medication and lifestyle modifications reduces the risk of patients progressing to hypertension, a new study involving researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has concluded.
Mar 22, 2006, 07:05
Gene at heart of poor prognosis in hypertension
Having high blood pressure and a particular genetic alteration dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, and may explain why some hypertensive patients fare worse than others - even if they take the same medication, University of Florida researchers announced this week.
Nov 20, 2005, 22:08
Coffee not associated with hypertension
Habitual coffee drinking is not associated with an increased risk of hypertension in women, although an association was found with the consumption of sugared or diet colas, according to a study in the November 9 issue of JAMA.
Nov 9, 2005, 20:34
Deep brain stimulation can reduce blood pressure
The possibility of a patient lowering their blood pressure at the flick of a switch has been raised by research led by Oxford University, which shows that stimulating parts of the brain with electrodes can change a patient’s blood pressure.
Oct 23, 2005, 18:11
GRK5 have an important role behind essential hypertension
Researchers at Jefferson Medical College have implicated a protein called GRK5 as having an important role behind essential hypertension, which affects more than 65 million Americans.
Oct 8, 2005, 05:31
Mechanisms behind portal hypertension uncovered
A physician-scientist at UT Southwestern Medical Center and his research team have identified mechanisms causing a potentially deadly type of hypertension that results from liver damage - findings that could lead to its prevention.
Sep 29, 2005, 20:46
Chromosome 2 region linked to ACE inhibitors & beta blockers non-responders
For the first time, researchers have mapped a genetic location that explains why certain blood pressure-lowering drugs aren't effective for some people, according to researchers at the 2005 American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research meeting.
Sep 24, 2005, 15:39
Analgesics Not Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension in Men
Now, BWH epidemiologists studying the medication and health habits of participants in the landmark Physician’s Health Study report that frequent use of analgesics and specific use of acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and aspirin does not appear to substantially increase a man’s risk of developing hypertension.
Sep 14, 2005, 02:03
ASCOT Trial - Amlodipine Reduces Cardiovascular Mortality
Results of the landmark Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial (ASCOT) showed that patients with high blood pressure and additional cardiovascular risk factors who received a treatment regimen based on Pfizer's calcium channel blocker Norvasc (amlodipine besylate) experienced significant reductions in cardiovascular death, all-cause mortality and total cardiovascular events and procedures, including heart attacks and strokes, compared to patients who received a standard beta-blocker based regimen.
Sep 8, 2005, 01:05
BHF comments on ASCOT trial results
The British Heart Foundation has commented on the results of the ASCOT trials, which have been presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2005 in Stockholm.
Sep 6, 2005, 01:22
ASCOT-BPLA : An Overview of Largest European Hypertension Trial Results
Combination of effective, modern antihypertensives with cholesterol lowering drugs can abolish most strokes and heart attacks in people with high blood pressure by reducing the risk of strokes by about 25%, coronaries by 15%, and cardiovascular deaths by 25% and new cases of diabetes by 30% compared with the standard treatment. The success of this treatment strategy has been shown for the first time in the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial (ASCOT) - which was presented at the congress of the European Society of Cardiology on 4 September 2005 and is published online in The Lancet. ASCOT is the largest study of high blood pressure treatment ever conducted in Europe. Also, it is the only major European study to-date to combine these two treatment strategies.
Sep 5, 2005, 16:53
Non-aspirin painkillers linked to Hypertension in Nurses' Health Study
Women who consume higher doses of non-aspirin painkillers are much more likely to develop high blood pressure than women who do not use them, according to research reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Aug 18, 2005, 02:10
Risk of high blood pressure in salt workers working near salt milling plants
Access journal Environmental Health shows for the first time that breathing in large quantities of salt particles has just the same effect on blood pressure as eating a salty diet. Wearing face masks and plastic eyeglasses is enough to protect workers who are highly exposed to salt from salt-related high blood pressure.
Jul 25, 2005, 17:35
Gene therapy to reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension
A University of Alberta research team has discovered important new information they hope will lead to more effective treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)--a deadly form of high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries caused by uncontrolled cell growth. Therapies are currently limited for a disease that can lead to heart failure and death within a few years.
Jun 4, 2005, 02:02
ALLHAT findings are 'color blind'
The analysis by race of the "Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial" (ALLHAT), confirms earlier findings that diuretics rather than newer, more expensive drugs such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, or beta blockers should be preferred as a first therapy for most patients.
Apr 6, 2005, 13:05
The kidney is only part of the blood pressure problem
Abnormal blood pressure is a widespread problem thought to be triggered by changes in the kidney. More recent studies have shown that vascular function can also affect blood pressure.
Apr 3, 2005, 13:11
Implanted medical device Rheos System aims to lower blood pressure
Doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center are the first in the nation to implant an investigational medical device that lowers blood pressure by activating the body's natural blood pressure regulation systems.
Apr 3, 2005, 11:41
Two-part blood pressure control suggests new approach
The kidneys have long been known to play a major role in many cases of high blood pressure, but a new study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center reveals that the body's control of blood pressure depends as much on other organs in the body. The researchers said the findings about a "two-part system" may lead to improved methods for treating high blood pressure, which affects nearly one in three American adults.
Apr 3, 2005, 11:39
Garlic protects against Pulmonary Hypertension
Small daily doses of allicin, the active metabolic in garlic, proved effective in preventing a severe form of pulmonary hypertension in rats, according to a study reported Saturday, April 2 by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers at the Experimental Biology 2005 meeting in San Diego.
Apr 3, 2005, 10:33