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.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

High Blood Pressure a Growing Concern Among Pregnant Women

Large-scale study shows a dramatic rise in high blood pressure rates among pregnant women.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Beneficial in Black Adults

Monitoring blood pressure outside the doctor's office may help further identify those at high risk for heart events. 

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Early Adulthood Shape Future Heart Health

Risk factors in early adulthood have long-lasting effects on heart health as we age.

Three Prevention Efforts Could Save 94 Million Lives Over 25 Years

Global analysis shows that improving blood pressure and diet could save millions of lives over the next few decades.

Decades of Health Gains Lost After Cutbacks in Low-Income, Rural Maine

Study suggests continued health programming is needed to reduce health disparities in low-income communities.

Energy Drinks Quickly Affect the Heart

Study finds energy drinks cause changes in heartbeat and blood pressure within hours.

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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.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

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.