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12 May

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Linked to Heart Disease Later in Life

Pregnant women who experience gestational hypertension or preeclampsia at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers say.

13 Sep

Stress Can Raise Blood Pressure Over Time, Study Finds

High levels of key stress hormones can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke over time, researchers say.

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'Forever Chemicals' May Raise a Woman's Blood Pressure

Called "forever chemicals" because they linger in the environment, new research suggests that middle-aged women with high levels of perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) in their blood may be more vulnerable to high blood pressure.

In the study, women aged 45 to 56 who had the highest concentrat...

U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years

Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.

"The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes — including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant — not only adversely influence both mom an...

Texting Your Way to Better Health After Heart Attack

"Fill your plate up with colorful fruits and veggies for heart health."

Such customized reminder texts may help folks who have had one heart attack avoid a second one, according to a new study out of Australia.

"Texts provi...

Why High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Bodes Ill for Future Health

High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

"Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

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  • Battling Mom-to-Be's Preexisting High Blood Pressure Brings No Harm to Baby

    When women go into pregnancy with mild high blood pressure, treating the condition can cut the risk of health threats to themselves and their babies, a new clinical trial has shown.

    Experts said the findings could change the way many women have their blood pressure managed during pregnancy.

    Heart Disease Is Women's #1 Killer. So Why So Little Female-Focused Research?

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, accounting for more than one in five deaths. Still, far too few women realize the danger.

    In fact, "Awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of death among women actu...

    No Sign Common Steroid Spironolactone Can Cause Cancer: Study

    The often-used steroid spironolactone is not linked to any increased risk of a range of common cancers, according to a new study.

    The synthetic steroid is routinely used to manage heart failure, high blood pressure and edema, and also used off-label to treat acne, hair loss and excessive hair growth (hirsutism).

    "Though the

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  • What's More Accurate, Blood Pressure Readings at Home or Doctor's Office?

    Regular blood pressure readings at home are more accurate for diagnosing high blood pressure than those taken at a doctor's office, according to a new study.

    "Blood pressure varies a lot over the day … and one or two measurements in clinic may not reflect your average blood pressure," said study author Dr. Beverly Green, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Resea...

    A Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthy Heart for Older Women

    A new study offers more evidence that oral health is connected to heart health: Older women who harbor certain bacteria in their mouths might be at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

    The study, which followed 1,200 women for a decade, found that 15 types of mouth bacteria were linked to the odds of developing

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  • Could Common Blood Pressure Meds Help Curb Pancreatic Cancer?

    Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat and beat, but new research suggests that commonly prescribed high blood pressure drugs may boost survival in patients.

    Known as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin receptor blockers (

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  • Majority of Pregnant U.S. Women Were Already in Poor Health: Study

    Once they're pregnant, women have a lot of checkups to make sure they stay healthy. But a mom's health preconception is vitally important, too, and a growing cause for concern.

    Increasingly, moms in the United States are starting their pregnancies already having heart risks like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and obesity.

    A new study finds that 60% -- even...

    Valentine's Chocolates May Do Your Heart Good — Really

    Giving dark chocolate to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day may be a win-win emotionally and physically, an expert suggests.

    But it's important to keep any potential health benefits in perspective, noted Lizzy Davis, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    "What is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another," she said in a ...

    Feel Dizzy When You Stand Up? Two Simple Steps Might Ease That

    Almost everyone has had a dizzy spell after standing up too quickly, but some people suffer them regularly. Now, a new study suggests two do-it-yourself ways to help.

    The study focused on what's called initial orthostatic hypotension (IOH), where a person's blood pressure drops sharply within...

    Apps Can Help Keep Older Folks Healthy — But Most Don't Use Them

    Mobile health apps can help older Americans but only about four in 10 use them, and those most likely to benefit are least likely to take advantage of them, a new survey reveals.

    Health apps monitor everything from calories and exercise to blood pressure and blood sugar to help users manage chronic conditions or achieve health goals.

    "Now that most older adults have at least one mob...

    Women Should Take These 3 Things to Heart

    February is American Heart Month — the perfect time to remind women of three things they need to know about heart disease.

    It's the leading cause of death among U.S. women, accounting for one in three deaths, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). While progress to reduce that r...

    Regular Use of Acetaminophen Tied to Higher Heart Risks

    Acetaminophen may do wonders for a headache, but using it for long-term pain relief could prove risky for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Over two weeks of use, the painkiller caused blood pressure to spike in people who already had elevated numbers, the researchers found. That was true whether they were on blood pressure medication or not.

    The findin...

    Spice Up Your Meal to Avoid More Salt

    Instead of adding salt to their meals, older adults can use spices to give their food more zip and keep their blood pressure under control, new research suggests.

    "We were working specifically with a population of older adults to see if we could reduce the amount of salt in a product and then tailor it to their tastes," explained study leader Carolyn Ross. She is a professor of food scien...

    Brain Changes Appear by Middle Age After Years of High Blood Pressure

    Middle-aged folks who had high blood pressure since they were young adults show brain changes that may increase their risk of future mental decline, a new study says.

    Previous research has found that high blood pressure affects the structure and function of the brain's blood vessels, resulting in damage to...

    Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

    Hospitalizations for dangerously high blood pressure more than doubled in the United States from 2002 to 2014, new research shows.

    This jump in hospitalizations for what's called a "

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  • Could New Blood Test Predict Pregnancy Complications?

    A simple blood test may help spot pregnant women who are at risk for developing preeclampsia -- dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy -- before it becomes a threat to both mother and child.

    Marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine or other problems during pregnancy, preeclampsia occurs in about 1 in 25 pregnancies in the United States, according to the lates...

    Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Women Are Soaring

    The number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply, a new study warns.

    Of 155 million births in the United States between 1979 and 2018, more than 3,200 mothers died of high blood pressure-related causes-- a 15-fold rise over the period. The risk was particularly high among Black women, according to

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  • 'Benign' Adrenal Gland Tumors Might Cause Harm to Millions

    Millions of people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and don't even know it, due to a hidden hormone problem in their bodies.

    As many as 1 in 10 people have a non-cancerous tumor on one or both of their adrenal glands that could cause the gland to produce excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol.

    Up to now, doctors have thought that these tumors h...

    Many Home Health Care Workers in Poor Health Themselves

    They take care of others, but many U.S. home health care workers say they're not in good shape themselves, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed self-reported data collected from nearly 3,000 home health care workers in 38 states between 2014 and 2018 and found that more than a quarter rated their general health as fair or poor, 1 in 5 reported poor mental health, and 14% reported poor ...

    Pandemic Sent Americans' Blood Pressure Numbers Skyward

    Yet another pandemic-related health woe has come to the fore: rising blood pressure.

    Data covering almost half a million middle-aged Americans shows that about 27% saw their blood pressure go up significantly in 2020 after COVID-19 restrictions unfolded compared to the prior year. Women appeared to be particularly vulnerable.

    Still,...

    Many People With High Blood Pressure May Take a Drug That Worsens It: Study

    Nearly 1 in 5 people with hypertension may be unintentionally taking a drug for another condition that causes their blood pressure to climb even higher, a new study suggests.

    Left untreated or undertreated, high blood pressure will increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and vision problems by damaging blood vessels. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, restricting ...

    Blood Pressure During Surgery May Be Crucial After Spinal Cord Injury

    Tight blood pressure control -- not too high and not too low -- during surgery for spinal cord injuries may improve patients' outcomes, a new study suggests.

    "Damage to neurons in spinal cord injuries leads to dysregulation of blood pressure, which in turn limits the supply of blood and oxygen to stressed spinal cord tissue, exacerbating spinal neuron death," said co-lead author Abel Torr...

    Hospitalizations for Spikes in Blood Pressure Are on the Rise

    Despite a nationwide effort to control blood pressure, the number of seniors hospitalized for a sudden, sharp rise in blood pressure surged over the last two decades in the United States.

    The largest increase was among Black Americans, with the highest rates in the South, new research shows.

    The aim of the study was to "evaluate whether we have made any progress in the last 20 years...

    Firefighters' Blood Pressure Can Rise When Duty Calls

    Working in an already dangerous environment, the blood pressure of firefighters jumps when they get an emergency call, new research shows.

    That could be risky for those who already have high blood pressure, experts say.

    "All emergency and first responders should be aware of their health," said senior author Deborah Feairheller, director of the clinical cardiac program at the Univer...

    Many Older Americans Who Should Be Checking Blood Pressure at Home Aren't: Poll

    If you are over 50 and you have high blood pressure or a health condition for which blood pressure control is essential, at-home blood pressure checks can avert medical emergencies.

    The trouble is that too few of these people actually perform them, a new survey reveals.

    "This poll shows that we have more work to do to encourage older adults with certain chronic health conditions to ...

    Two Meds Better Than One for Many With High Blood Pressure: Study

    Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure and only 24% have it under control, but what's the best way to treat it -- one high-dose pill or two at a lower dose?

    A large new study suggests that two medications may be better than one for many older patients. Lowering elevated blood pressure to a sustainable level is important because it reduces a patient's risk of heart attack, strok...

    Older Women, Younger Men Struggle More to Control High Blood Pressure

    Roughly a third of Americans on high blood pressure medications do not have their blood pressure under control, a new study reveals.

    And younger men and older women are particularly vulnerable, researchers warn.

    "Although this phenomenon has been hinted at in the medical literature, it is a bit surprising to me as we should not expect anyone to have uncontrolled blood pressure, espe...

    AHA News: How Black Women Can Take Control of Their Blood Pressure

    Black women with high blood pressure may benefit from classes where they learn and practice skills to manage the condition, a small study finds.

    In the United States, nearly 58% of Black women have high blood pressure compared to about 41% of white and Hispanic women, according to American Heart Association statistics. For Black women, death rates from high blood pressure-related causes a...

    Better Diet, More Exercise Equals Better Blood Pressure

    People with high blood pressure that doesn't respond to treatment may have more success by following the DASH diet and joining a supervised diet and exercise program, a new study suggests.

    DASH is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- a regimen rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and limited salt.

    Duke University researchers found it can help people wit...

    Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Helped Americans' Blood Pressure

    With the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, fewer Americans are uninsured and more are getting their blood pressure and blood sugar under control, a new study finds.

    The gains are especially strong among Black and Hispanic patients, according to Boston University researchers.

    "Our results suggest that over the longer-run, expanding Medicaid eligibility may improve key chronic di...

    More Evidence That Stress Gets Blood Pressure Rising

    MONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you often feel stressed out, your blood pressure may rise over time alongside higher odds for other heart concerns, a new study indicates.

    Researchers found adults with normal blood pressure but high levels of stress hormones were more likely to develop high blood pressure in six to seven years than those with lower stress hormone levels.

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    Vaping Raises Blood Clotting Risks, Harms Small Arteries: Study

    Nicotine-laden e-cigarettes raise a user's risk of blood clots, damage small blood vessels and can also raise heart rate and blood pressure, a new study finds.

    The effects are similar to those caused by traditional cigarettes, and raise the concern that long-term vaping could help cause heart attacks or strokes, the Swedish research team warned.

    "Our results suggest that using e-cig...

    4-in-1 Blood Pressure Pill Could Improve Outcomes

    A four-in-one pill containing "ultra-low doses" of different medications can provide better blood pressure control than standard drug treatment, a new clinical trial from Australia shows.

    About 80% of people given the "quadpill" achieved a healthy blood pressure of 140/90 within three months and continuing out to a year, compared to 60% of people who started on a single medication and add...

    A Little Wine & Certain Foods Could Help Keep Blood Pressure Healthy

    An apple and a pear a day may help keep blood pressure under control -- a benefit partly explained by gut bacteria, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that adults who regularly ate certain foods -- apples, pears, berries and red wine -- tended to have lower blood pressure than their peers.

    One thing those foods have in common is a high content of antioxidant plant compounds cal...

    Sit All Day for Work? Simple Step Can Cut Your Health Risk

    Take a work break: A small, new study suggests that getting out of your chair every half hour may help improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health.

    Every hour spent sitting or lying down increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, the study authors said. But moving around during those sedentary hours is an easy way to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce t...

    High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

    Two long used types of blood pressure drugs are equally effective, but the less popular one seems to have fewer side effects, according to a large "real-world" study.

    The two classes of medication are both recommended as "first-line" treatments for high blood pressure: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs).

    ACE inhibitors have been a...

    Breastfed Babies Have Healthier Blood Pressure as Kids

    Here's another reason for new moms to give breastfeeding a try: Toddlers who were breastfed for even a few days have lower blood pressure than those who always got a bottle, research finds.

    And lower blood pressure at an early age may lead to a healthier heart and blood vessels in adulthood, researchers said.

    The new study is believed to be the first to investigate breastfeeding in...

    Whole Grains Every Day: Key to Your Health and Waistline

    Whole grains can help older adults maintain a thinner waist, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, new research suggests.

    Just three servings a day may do the trick, the authors said.

    One serving is a slice of whole-grain bread, a half-cup of rolled oat cereal, or a half-cup of brown rice.

    Researchers noted that their study -- partially funded by the General Mills Bell ...

    5-Minute Daily Breathing Exercise May Equal Meds in Lowering Blood Pressure

    A quick daily "workout" for the breathing muscles may help people lower their blood pressure to a similar degree as exercise or even medication, a small study suggests.

    The technique is called inspiratory muscle strength training (IMST), and it involves using a device that provides resistance as the user inhales -- essentially working out the diaphragm and other breathing muscles.

    R...

    Sleep Apnea in Childhood a Bad Sign for Teenage Heart Health

    Teens who've had sleep apnea since childhood have a much higher risk of high blood pressure than those who never had sleep apnea, new research shows.

    "Our study showed that pediatric sleep apnea can act as a gateway to future hypertension," said study author Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, an associate professor in Penn State's Sleep Research and Treatment Center.

    The U.S. National Heart, ...

    Can Your Blood Pressure Medicine Protect Your Memory?

    Older adults who use certain blood pressure drugs may retain more of their memory skills as they age, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found the benefit among older people taking medications that are allowed past the "blood-brain barrier," which is a border of specialized cells that prevents toxic substances from crossing into the brain.

    Those drugs include certain ACE inhibitors a...

    After COVID, Many Americans Are Struck by New Maladies: Study

    Suffering through a case of COVID-19 unleashed a host of other health problems in hundreds of thousands of Americans participating in the largest study yet of the long-term effects of coronavirus infection.

    Tracking the health insurance records of nearly 2 million people who caught the coronavirus last year, researchers found that one month or more after their infection, almost one-q...

    Healthy Eating Lowers Pregnancy Complication Risk

    If you're planning to get pregnant or already "eating for two," sticking to a healthy diet may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, researchers say.

    The new study included nearly 1,900 women who completed diet questionnaires at eight to 13 weeks of pregnancy, along with estimates of what they ate in the previous three months.

    At 16 to 22 weeks and 24 to 29 week...

    Mom's Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Affect Child's Stroke Risk Decades Later

    Expectant mothers' high blood pressure heightens kids' risk of stroke later in life, a Swedish study finds.

    "Our findings indicate that hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are associated with increased risks of stroke and potentially heart disease in offspring up to the age of 41 years," said study author Fen Yang, a doctoral student at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

    The stu...

    Losing Weight Can Beat Diabetes and Also Help the Heart

    An aggressive weight-loss program not only achieves remission of type 2 diabetes, but may also end the need for blood pressure medications, new research shows.

    "Our study shows that, in addition to possible remission from type 2 diabetes, there are other very important health benefits, as weight loss is a very effective treatment for hypertension [high blood pressure] and its associated s...

    Low-Salt 'DASH' Diet Good for Total Heart Health

    It's consistently rated high among diets for all-around health, and a new report finds the DASH diet is all-around good for your heart, too.

    The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) regimen is designed to lower high blood pressure, but this new research shows that it also reduces inflammation, heart injury and strain.

    The study provides "some of the strongest evidence that...

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