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.

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Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment May Improve Brain Function and Reduce Heart Risks in the Elderly

Tighter blood pressure control can improve outcomes for elderly adults.

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Fitness is a Strong Predictor of Survival in Adults Over 70

Traditional risk factors are so common in older people that they become almost meaningless for predicting future health.
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A Nap a Day Keeps High Blood Pressure at Bay

The blood pressure-lowering effects of naps may be similar to other lifestyle changes and medication, says Greek study.

Exercise Plus Less Sitting Improves Blood Pressure in Obese Adults

Breaking up sitting with just three minutes of activity has immediate heart-health benefits, finds Australian study.
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Smartphone App Helps Combat High Blood Pressure

A smartphone app for blood pressure monitoring shows promise in patients with diabetes.

Study Suggests Moderate Drinking Harms, Not Protects, Heart Health

Consuming 7–13 drinks a week increases risk for high blood pressure, finds study of more than 17,000 U.S. adults.

Latest Statistics Say Nearly Half of Americans Have Some Form of Heart Disease

An annual report from the American Heart Association explains the rise in heart disease rates and emphasizes prevention.

Experts Address Safety of Heart Medications During Pregnancy

The use of heart medications takes careful consideration between women and their providers, explain experts.

Experts Stress the Importance of Accurate Blood Pressure Screenings

Accurate screenings are key to diagnosing and treating patients with high blood pressure, explain experts.

Sleep Apnea is Common in Black Adults with Uncontrolled Hypertension

Treating underlying sleep problems could improve hypertension treatment.

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This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Post-Pregnancy Monitoring is Critical for Women with Blood Pressure Disorders

Pregnant women with conditions like preeclampsia face increased risk for stroke both during and after delivery.

Study Confirms Link Between Lead Exposure and Hypertension

Low levels of lead exposure may increase risk for hard-to-treat hypertension, a Boston study finds.

Stricter Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Finds

National analysis highlights the risks and benefits of tighter blood pressure guidelines.

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Spikes in Violent Crime Linked to Increased Blood Pressure

Study links 2015 Chicago crime surge to increased risk for high blood pressure, even in low-crime areas.

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Big Evening Meals Increase Risk for Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure

Eating earlier in the day could be better for heart health, finds study of Hispanic adults.

Study Confirms the Link Between Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure

Gum disease may make it harder to treat high blood pressure, finds study of 3,600 U.S. adults.

Church Program Helps African-Americans Improve Blood Pressure Control

Health programming delivered in New York City churches shows promise for black adults with high blood pressure.  

Fluctuations in Weight, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Spell Trouble for Heart Health

Maintaining good health reduces risk for heart attack, stroke and death, shows Korean study of 6.7 million adults.

Experts Stress the Importance of a Healthy Blood Pressure and Weight

Even small changes toward better health can have a large impact on preventing heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent Dementia

French study finds that seven factors related to heart health could reduce risk for dementia and cognitive decline.

Why Weight Loss Efforts Should Start at a Young Age

Overweight and obese teenagers can already display signs of suboptimal heart heath—higher blood pressure, increased cardiac output, larger hearts.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

African-Americans are More Likely to Develop High Blood Pressure by Middle Age

Study highlights the need for early treatment and prevention.

African-Americans Face Lower Survival Rates After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Black survivors of sudden cardiac arrest are less likely to live five more years compared to white survivors, study finds.