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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Big Data Gives New Insight Into Blood Pressure Reduction Role of Commonly Prescribed Drug

July 28, 2015 — A drug commonly prescribed to conserve potassium in the blood also significantly lowers blood pressure when taken in conjunction with a diuretic frequently prescribed to patients with hypertension, a ... read more

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise in Small Clinical Trial for Rare Lung Disease

July 20, 2015 — Promising results are coming out of the first clinical trial in the world of a genetically-enhanced stem cell therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension. This rare and deadly disease mainly affects ... read more

Common Diabetes Drug Can Also Treat Liver Cirrhosis, Study Suggests

July 15, 2015 — Diabetes drug metformin can treat portal hypertension--high blood pressure in the liver resulting from cirrhosis, new research shows. This study adds to the growing body of evidence showing that use ... read more

Investigational Drug Prevents Life-Threatening Side Effects of Kidney Disease Treatment

July 14, 2015 — The investigational drug patiromer quickly reduced elevated blood-potassium levels -- a common life-threatening side effect of treatment for chronic diabetic kidney disease. In this year-long study ... read more

Blood Pressure Levels, Prevalence Among U.S. Children, Adolescents Declined in Past Decade

July 9, 2015 — Recent trends in blood pressure levels and prevalence of elevated blood pressure in the United States have been published in a new article. Data shows that blood pressure levels among American youth ... read more

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Lead to Under Treatment of Older Adults

July 6, 2015 — In 2014, the Joint National Committee released the eighth update to the blood pressure guidelines (JNC8P). These guidelines included a controversial decision to change the blood pressure goal that ... read more

Cardiovascular Disease in Females: New Perspectives on Lifelong Risks

July 2, 2015 — While heart disease is the number one cause of death in both sexes, it poses special considerations in women—with risks often beginning in childhood and changing at different stages of ... read more

High Blood Pressure Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk, Meds May Be Reason

June 26, 2015 — People with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. However, authors conclude the connection may have more to do with ... read more

Genetically Predicted Higher Blood Pressure Linked to Antihypertensive Use and Lower Alzheimer's Risk

June 16, 2015 — Genetic variants that predict higher systolic blood pressure are associated with a higher probability of taking antihypertensive medication and with decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD), ... read more

Potential Treatment for Fatal Lung Diseases

June 12, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that the drug triciribine may reverse or halt the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, two respiratory diseases that are almost invariably fatal. ... read more

Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Children With Kidney Disease

June 11, 2015 — Among children with chronic kidney disease, those with lower vitamin D levels had higher levels of blood markers related to kidney dysfunction as well as greater kidney function loss over time, ... read more

DASH Diet Can Substitute Lean Pork for Chicken or Fish to Reduce Blood Pressure

June 11, 2015 — Adults who are following the DASH-style eating pattern to lower their blood pressure can expand their protein options to include lean, unprocessed pork, according to research. This study applies only ... read more

Low Levels of Hormone in African-Americans May Increase Hypertension

June 10, 2015 — Although hypertension is more common in African-Americans, they have significantly lower levels of a hormone produced in response to cardiac stress than white and Hispanic individuals, a finding that ... read more

Withholding Angiotensin Receptor Blockers After Surgery Increases Risk of Postoperative Death

June 4, 2015 — Withholding angiotensin receptor blockers for longer than two days after surgery is associated with a significantly increased risk of postoperative death, according to a study of more than 30,000 ... read more

Preoperative Statins Reduce Mortality in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

May 31, 2015 — New research is exploring the protective effect of various heart medications that patients are taking before undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery and concludes that statins reduce the risk ... read more

Before an Operation, Low Blood Pressure Rather Than High Is a Risk Factor for Death

May 29, 2015 — New research suggests that, before an operation, low blood pressure rather than high blood pressure is an independent risk factor for ... read more

Blood Pressure Medications Can Lead to Increased Risk of Stroke

May 29, 2015 — The importance of preventing hypertension is reinforced by a study showing anti-hypertension medicines can increase stroke risk by 248 percent, according to new ... read more

Measuring Kidney Health Could Better Predict Heart Disease Risk

May 29, 2015 — Simple measures of kidney function and damage may be just as good at predicting who is at risk for heart failure and death from heart attack and stroke as traditional tests of cholesterol levels and ... read more

Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers, Risk of Death Examined in Noncardiac Surgery

May 27, 2015 — The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta-blockers to patients having noncardiac surgery was associated with an increased risk of death in patients with no cardiac risk factors but ... read more

Pharmacists Help Patients Control Blood Pressure, Study Finds

May 15, 2015 — Medical teams with a pharmacist helped patients with hypertension control their blood pressure more effectively, a new study has concluded. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases the risk ... read more

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