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.

Web-Based Program Helps Patients Improve Heart Health

Not only do Web-based programs help patients lower risk for heart disease, they’re more affordable than traditional counseling, according to study.

Worldwide Obesity Rates 'Startling'

Major study finds obesity rates have increased dramatically in all corners of the world over last three decades.

NIH Engages Women in Medical Research

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled new policies that will engage women in all phases of medical research.

Foreclosures Take a Toll on Community Health

Living near a foreclosed home increases blood pressure, according to a recent study of Massachusetts residents.

Reducing Salt Intake, Nationwide

Experts identify ways to reduce salt consumption and improve heart health in the United States.

'Exercise Snacking': The Latest Health Trend?

Adding small bursts of exercise before meals could bring big health benefits, finds study.

Growing Use of ICDs to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

More patients may be eligible to receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, according to a scientific statement released by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: A Lifelong Concern

New paper highlights long-term health risks associated with preeclampsia, a serious condition in which women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Some Physical Activity is Better Than None

Adults engaging in any level of regular physical activity have lower risk of death compared to those who get no exercise, according to research.
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Stumbling Block in Attempt to Reduce Risk of Complications from Surgery

Aspirin and blood-pressure lowering medication fail to improve outcomes in surgical patients at risk for heart disease.
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No Benefit Seen in Renal Denervation for Patients with Resistant Hypertension

Despite results, researchers say study proves to be a huge step in learning about such medical devices.

Secondhand Smoke Causes Permanent Damage to Children's Arteries

Exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood ages arteries later in life, study finds.

Vegetarian Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

Vegetarians have lower blood pressure than meat eaters, according to a review of past research studies.

Sudden Death in College Athletes: Cause for Concern?

Ten-year study finds risk of sudden cardiac death among college athletes is actually lower than in the general population.

Safety Concerns About Prescription Weight Loss Pills

Experts are concerned about the safety of two weight loss pills recently approved for use in the United States.

Improvements in Heart Patient Safety Among U.S. Hospitals

Study finds fewer complications among patients hospitalized for heart attack or heart failure between 2005 and 2011.

Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 8 Million Lives—and Counting

On the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health, study finds tobacco control efforts have increased life expectancy and saved millions of American lives.

Multivitamins Fail to Improve Memory in Older Men

Study findings suggest that daily multivitamins fail to prevent cognitive decline in older adults.

New Recommendations for Blood Pressure Management

New recommendations for the treatment of high blood pressure—a condition that affects nearly 78 million U.S. adults—were recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Nighttime breathing treatments help lower blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea.

Energy Drinks Increase the Heart's Contraction Rate

Study suggests that energy drinks may be unsafe for children and individuals with existing heart conditions, like an irregular heartbeat.

National Efforts to Improve Blood Pressure Control

Experts release a science advisory, which includes a new approach for the treatment of hypertension.
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Vitamin D Supplements Fail to Improve Blood Pressure

Clinical trial cut short after finding no association between vitamin D supplements and blood pressure control.

Nut Consumption Linked to Longevity

Study finds that regular consumption of nuts could lower risk of death by as much as 20%.

Vitamin D Test Misdiagnoses African-Americans

Standard test wrongly labels most African-Americans as vitamin D deficient.