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Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

Clinic readings may not detect ‘masked hypertension’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Around-the-clock monitoring during daily activities revealed undetected high blood pressure among otherwise healthy adults who had normal readings in the clinic, according to new research.

“Masked hypertension” is normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office, but high readings outside of the office — the reverse of “white […]

Blood pressure control program helps hundreds in Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Hannah Prairie Chief jumped at the chance to learn more about high blood pressure because several family members struggle with it. She worried about her grandmother, aunts and uncles, and wanted to help them get healthy.

“I couldn’t talk about it if I didn’t […]

Diet rich in omega-3s lowers blood pressure in young, healthy adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent high blood pressure in healthy young adults, new research suggests.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, mostly found in fish and some types of plant oils. Researchers measured blood pressure and the amount […]

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation.

Fluctuations in blood pressure readings have been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia […]

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

Marijuana use may be linked to temporarily weakened heart muscle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Active marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle malfunction that can mimic heart attack symptoms, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

The researchers found that marijuana users were almost twice as […]

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fine particulate matter air pollution may cause blood vessel damage and inflammation in healthy young adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

“These results substantially expand our understanding about how air pollution contributes to cardiovascular disease by showing that exposure is associated with a cascade of […]

Deaths prompt heart screenings for former NBA players

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Twenty years after he retired from professional basketball, Morlon Wiley still looks like somebody you want on your side in a pickup game. Lean and fit, he eats right, works out and goes to the doctor for checkups.

But he recently turned 50, and he knew […]

Report calls for further research of African-Americans and high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The question of why African-Americans have disproportionate rates of high blood pressure continues to puzzle the medical community and requires further research, according to a new report.

The report, which was posted this week and will be published in the November issue of the American Heart […]

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