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New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High sodium intake from foods is linked to high blood pressure, but the health effects of sodium in drinking water has been less clear.

Now, a new study has found that healthy pregnant women in southwest coastal Bangladesh had their blood pressure rise if they drank […]

Exposure to air pollutants linked to high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For your heart’s sake, limit your time outdoors when pollution levels are high.

That’s the conclusion of researchers who recently found that short- and long-term exposure to air pollutants from coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood […]

World Hypertension Day draws attention to the dangers of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four million people and counting have checked their blood pressure in the U.S. in an awareness campaign meant to draw attention to high blood pressure and save lives.

The World Hypertension League challenged people worldwide to get their blood pressures checked from April 17 until World […]

Scientists propose a malaria-high blood pressure link

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Scientists say there are indications of a potentially dangerous link between high rates of malaria and high blood pressure, and they are urging more research in hopes of better addressing harmful effects of hypertension in malaria –stricken areas.

A paper by researchers in Africa and the […]

Racial disparities narrow in some areas, persist in others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The gap between whites and minorities in the U.S. is starting to narrow in some key health areas, such as infant deaths and uninsured rates. But for blacks and Hispanics, troubling disparities persist in childhood obesity and high blood pressure, new federal data […]

Nations to screen 3 million for high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure poses a global health threat, affecting nearly a billion people. Even in a developed nation like the United States, where roughly 80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, only slightly more than half have it under control.

World Hypertension Day is May […]

Pediatricians: Keep two numbers in mind when measuring BP

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keeping two numbers in mind – one for teens and another for younger children – might help busy pediatricians more easily identify which kids need to actively control their blood pressure, according to an editorial published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Although pediatricians […]

New research could predict future heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants to speed personalized treatments and prevention for heart disease.

Advanced heart failure can be as lethal as cancer, according to a researcher who said aggressively finding ways to prevent and treat heart […]

Barbershop movie PSAs raise awareness about high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Three stars from the upcoming movie Barbershop: The Next Cut are teaming up to raise awareness about the dangers of uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall and Anthony Anderson will appear in public service announcements that reinforce the importance of getting blood pressure […]

Check. Change. Control blood pressure reduction program works to lower seniors’ BP

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control  blood pressure reduction program helped Asian and Hispanic older adults make notable reductions in their blood pressure, according to a study presented at the AHA’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions.

In this study, researchers studied the program’s effectiveness in […]