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.

Binge Drinking Harms the Heart

A study highlights the negative impact that excessive drinking can have on the heart—even in young, healthy individuals.

Diabetes During Pregnancy Increases Cardiovascular Risk Later in Life

Women with high blood sugar levels during pregnancy are at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

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No Benefit Found From Blood Pressure Drug in Heart Failure Patients

According to researchers, the blood pressure-lowering drug aliskiren had no positive effect on people with heart failure.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.

Cutting Salt Intake Could Save More Than One Million Lives

According to researchers, if Americans reduced their daily sodium intake, between 850,000 to 1.2 million lives could be saved over a decade.

Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Do you have a healthy BMI? Where we carry weight may determine our health more accurately than our BMI suggests.

Southern Diet Explains the 'Stroke Belt'

A new study finds that a Southern-style diet filled with fried foods, processed meats and sugary drinks can increase stroke risk.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.

Baby Boomers Less Healthy Than Previous Generation

A recent study finds baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, higher levels of disability and lower self-rated health than those born a generation prior.

Calcium Supplements May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Men

While more research is needed, new findings show how calcium supplements could affect heart health in men.
Self-Affirmation and Medication Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans

Self-Affirmation and Medication Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans

Positive thinking may help with medication adherence more than you might think.
Controlling Prehypertension to Prevent Heart Disease

Controlling Prehypertension to Prevent Heart Disease

Elevated cholesterol can increase lifetime risk for atrial fibrillation.

Sleep Time Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Blood pressure levels during sleep are useful indicator of cardiovascular health.

Protein Intake and Blood Pressure Reduction

Eating more protein may help lower systolic blood pressure.

Improved Home Blood Pressure Management

Phone-based interventions improve blood pressure control in patients.

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) Not Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

New study debunks association between cancer and drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Stress After Sleep Deprivation Increases Blood Pressure

Breaking the cycle of stress and sleep deprivation could protect your heart.

The Truth about Sodium Guidelines

Despite surprising findings, Americans should continue to limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg daily.