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AHA president concerned by new blood pressure treatment guideline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new guideline published Monday recommends less-aggressive blood pressure treatment for many people, guidance the American Heart Association’s president said could actually increase their risk for major health problems.

The guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, published in […]

High blood pressure on the rise in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High blood pressure, a nationwide health threat, is taking an even bigger bite out of the Big Apple.

More than one in four adults in New York City — 1.8 million people — say they have hypertension, a citywide increase of 11 percent over the past […]

Five blood pressure tips this holiday season

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution.

Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially […]

AHA bringing better blood pressure care to people through local YMCAs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Good news for some people who get their blood pressure checked at the YMCA: A doctor will see you soon.

All across the country, many people already take part in the Y’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. In 10 underserved communities, the American Heart […]

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 […]

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, […]

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