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.

Few Women with Heart Disease Counseled on Birth Control Methods

A review of research on this topic finds gaps in care and stresses early education for girls.

Potassium Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure in Children

Study finds potassium, not salt, is most strongly associated with blood pressure levels in children.

Obese Teens at High Risk for Heart Disease

Study finds that by the age of 17, most obese teens are facing potential heart problems later in life.

A National Plan to Get America Moving

Proposed changes to our physical and social environments encourage regular physical activity for Americans throughout the course of the day.

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Pair

Addressing sleep apnea may be the key to treating many patients with high blood pressure.

Childhood Abuse and Neglect Raise Blood Pressure Prematurely

Traumatic experiences in childhood impact heart health by causing higher blood pressure earlier in life.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rare for Adults Engaged in Sports

Study highlights the benefits of exercise and sports in middle-aged adults, as well as CPR training.

Is There an Exercise 'Sweet Spot' for Longer Life?

Two large-scale studies take a close look at meeting or exceeding current exercise guidelines, but one thing is clear: Any physical activity is far better than none.

Strategies for Combatting Childhood Obesity

Early lifestyle interventions are urgently needed to stop growing childhood obesity rates.

Children of Smokers Have Increased Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Quitting is the best approach for the health of the family, but limiting children’s exposure to smoke can help.

Exercise Prevents Fall Injuries in Older Women

Finnish study assesses the effects of Vitamin D and strength training in women prone to falling.

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The Latest on High Blood Pressure Treatment

Experts highlight important steps for reducing risk for heart attack and stroke in patients with high blood pressure.
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Short Hospital Stays after Angioplasty Are Often Sufficient for Older Patients

Study finds patients 65 or older discharged from the hospital as early as 48 hours after angioplasty following a heart attack have similar outcomes as those who stay four-to-five days.
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Antidepressants Cut Heart Risks in Half

Study analyzes benefits of treatment for moderate to severe depression with and without statins.

What Kind of Exercise is Best for Waist Size?

Both low- and high-impact exercise help us lose weight, but each provides different types of added benefits.
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Same-Day Discharge after ICD Placement Shown to be Safe

With appropriate follow-up, eligible patients released the same day do just as well as those kept overnight.

Frailty Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Older Adults

Addressing early signs of frailty could help ward off heart conditions later in life.

Peanuts: A Low-Cost Food with a High Impact on Health

The humble legume offers heart-health benefits on par with more expensive nuts.

Moderate Physical Activity Benefits the Heart the Most

Study finds that women who exercise moderately—not strenuously—a few times a week have lower risk for heart attack and stroke.

Sauna Use Linked to Improved Heart Health

Study follows sauna bathers for over two decades and finds lower rates of sudden cardiac death among most frequent users.
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Angioplasty for Patients with Chronic Blockages Underutilized

Researchers in an almost 4-year study found that angioplasty for patients with chronic blockages made up only 3.8% of the total number of angioplasties performed for stable heart disease.

Blood Pressure Meds Life-Saving for Patients with Diabetes

Reducing blood pressure by 10 mmHg lowers risk for heart disease.

Survey: 1 in 3 Americans Prefers Shorter Life to Daily Pill

Researchers explore the uptake of a preventive heart disease medicine.

Running for Health? Moderation is Key

You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap full benefits, according to a new study.

Study Questions Strict Sodium Guidelines for Older Adults

Reducing sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day may be excessive for older adults.