Hypertension

The American Heart Association announced on Feb. 20 it launched a series of quick online reference tools for physicians and their patients who struggle with high blood pressure, including a list of four of the most common mistakes hypertensives can make on a daily basis.

Though many physicians are reluctant to change the status quo, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine Feb. 4 suggests automated office blood pressure measurement (AOBP) is the way to go when recording a patient’s BP, since the approach bypasses the so-called “white coat effect” triggered by more traditional methods.

There’s not much aging individuals can do to beat back age-related cognitive impairment once it begins, but improving consistency in blood pressure seems to help slow the pace of the falloff in those with significant BP swings.

ProvideGx, a subsidiary of Premier, will begin its offerings with metoprolol, a beta-blocker that can treat blood pressure and angina and is commonly given to heart attack patients.

Rates of CVD in the U.S. are climbing for the first time in decades, the American Heart Association announced Jan. 31 in its annual heart and stroke statistical update. The organization also said nearly half of the adult U.S. population has some form of heart disease.

Full results from the SPRINT MIND trial, published Jan. 28 in JAMA, suggest intensive blood pressure control at a systolic target of less than 120 mm Hg could reduce the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that leads to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A study of Native Americans who experienced ischemic stroke showed they carried a high burden of risk factors, nearly all of which grew in prevalence from 2000 to 2016.

People taking the widely prescribed blood-pressure medication valsartan may have been exposed to a probable human carcinogen for at least four years after a change in the manufacturing process introduced the impurity, according to an update from the FDA’s ongoing investigation into the contaminants that have been found in a series of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).

Researchers from Wright State University in Ohio have identified a new culprit behind uncontrolled high blood pressure: zinc.

Having a romantic partner present—or even just calling up their image mentally—can help heart patients keep their blood pressure (BP) in check when dealing with stressful situations, according to research published in Psychophysiology.

A study of more than 1,000 Hispanic adults with hypertension found increased health literacy improves patients’ adherence to blood pressure medications—but the majority of the population struggles with poor health literacy, indicating a need for tailored interventions.

Following a series of valsartan recalls over carcinogenic impurities, at least three sellers of the popular blood-pressure medication hiked their prices, the Wall Street Journal reported.