High Blood Pressure

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about high blood pressure. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

New Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Risk for High Blood Pressure in African-Americans

Seven simple behaviors help African-Americans reduce risk for high blood pressure, shows study.

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Heart Risks in Elderly Individuals

Study suggests we’re never too told to benefit from heart-healthy changes.

Low-Dose Medications are Promising for Patients with High Blood Pressure

Combined low-dose medications may be preferable for patients with high blood pressure, study finds.

Cutting Back on Salt in Processed Foods

Though the sodium in some processed foods has been reduced, most Americans still consume too much salt.

Blood Pressure Fluctuation Increases Risk for Heart Events

Variation in blood pressure could spell trouble for patients with heart disease, study finds.

Segregated Neighborhoods Contribute to High Blood Pressure in Black Adults

Reducing neighborhood segregation could reduce blood pressure, finds study.

The Bulk of U.S. Salt Intake Comes From Processed Foods

Salt added during cooking and at the table accounted for a small percentage of daily sodium intake.

Non-caffeine Ingredients in Energy Drinks Linked to Negative Heart Effects

Study suggests it’s the added ingredients in energy drinks that may be harmful to health.

A Healthy Lifestyle Could Add Quality Years to Your Life

Study finds middle-aged adults with no cardiovascular risk factors live longer, healthier lives.

Belly Fat Increases Risk for High Blood Pressure

A Chinese study of men and women assesses abdominal obesity and blood pressure.
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Web-Based Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Online counseling is a great addition to blood pressure-lowering medication.

Few Patients with Resistant Hypertension Take Medication as Instructed

Poor medication adherence influences findings on a novel treatment for persistent high blood pressure.

Study Highlights Pros and Cons of Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment

Intensive blood pressure treatment reduces risk of death but increases risk of complications.

Low-Income Adults Have Reduced Life Expectancy

Low income should be considered a major risk factor for poor health, alongside obesity and high blood pressure, finds study.

Blood Pressure Targets for Older Adults Remain Controversial

Tight blood pressure control may carry some risks for older adults, shows recent analysis.

Prevention of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Wards off Heart Failure Later in Life

Being free of heart risk factors like high blood pressure at midlife helps delay heart failure by 15 years.

The Global Burden of High Blood Pressure

Data from 200 countries shows growing rates of high blood pressure in the poorest countries.

Study Questions Effects of White Coat Hypertension

Spikes in blood pressure at the doctor’s office are not directly to blame for increased cardiovascular risk, finds study.

Study Confirms Benefits of Limiting Sodium Intake

Lowering salt intake remains an important lifestyle change for adults with elevated blood pressure, confirms study.

Experts Advise Caution with Blood Pressure Treatment in Patients with Heart Disease

Study links strict blood pressure control to increased cardiovascular risk in patients with heart disease.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Too Much and Too Little Salt is Associated with Increased Heart Risks

Study links a low-sodium diet to increased risk in healthy adults, though most Americans consume excess sodium.

Wearable Monitor Helps Identify Patients with High Blood Pressure

Home blood pressure monitoring helps identify “masked” hypertension in black adults, finds study.