American Heart Association

Physician of the Year helps raise awareness about high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When his dad was diagnosed with diabetes, Raymond Townsend got busy taking care of him – even though he was only 10 years old.

Townsend, already a science lover who had a chemistry set and dreams of someday inventing something important, was eager to help.

“It was […]

For Native Americans, heart health doesn’t come easy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Karen Sopko, M.D., grew up on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and knows firsthand from her practice as a cardiologist how heart disease and the risk factors associated with it are striking the Native American community, particularly diabetes.

“Native Americans are definitely at higher risk […]

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 […]

Older, healthy adults with systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Raising the systolic blood pressure threshold from 140 to 150 mmHg, as a new target for high blood pressure treatment in older people who don’t have chronic kidney disease or diabetes, could put this population at greater stroke risk, according to new research in the […]

Prehypertension in late pregnancy linked with underweight newborns, stillbirths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who develop prehypertension late in pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to underweight or stillborn babies than women whose blood pressure remains normal.

Hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or above) has previously been associated with low birth weight and stillbirth. However, […]

With help from pharmacists, better blood pressure cost $22

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A pharmacist-physician collaborative effort to control blood pressure among a diverse group of patients was considered cost-effective, with a $22 price tag to increase the hypertension control rate by 1 percent, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

“Previous studies have […]

Researchers to explore why some are hit harder by heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers from four institutions will explore why some Americans are hit harder by heart disease and what can be done about it.

The Strategically Focused Research Network on disparities will include investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northwestern University and […]

Future vaccine may help lower blood pressure long-term

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A vaccine may one day help lower blood pressure for up to six months, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

The study in rats may eventually provide a novel alternative to treat high blood pressure in people, who would not need […]

Cracking the genetic code on heart problems in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Day after day at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida where Donna Arnett, Ph.D., worked as a research […]

Chronic insomniacs may face increased risk of hypertension

Insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia with physiological hyperarousal, defined as a longer time to […]