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Arteries stiffen as a consequence of age and atherosclerosis. The two leading causes of death in the developed world, myocardial infarction and stroke, are both a direct consequence of atherosclerosis. Increased arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events.
LCZ696 reduces aortic systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure in hypertensive patients

LCZ696 reduces aortic systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure in hypertensive patients

The combination drug valsartan/sacubitril known as LCZ696 significantly reduced aortic systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure compared to the standard angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) olmesartan in patients with hypertension, according to results of the PARAMETER study. [More]
Particulate matter, NO2 air pollution associated with increased risk of heart attacks

Particulate matter, NO2 air pollution associated with increased risk of heart attacks

Particulate matter and NO2 air pollution are associated with increased risk of severe heart attacks despite being within European recommended levels, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Jean-Francois Argacha, a cardiologist at University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel-Vrije Universiteit Brussel), in Belgium. [More]
People who eat high protein foods have lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness

People who eat high protein foods have lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness

Eating foods rich in amino acids could be as good for your heart as stopping smoking or getting more exercise - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. [More]
Omega-3 fish oil supplements can improve cardiovascular health of healthy seniors

Omega-3 fish oil supplements can improve cardiovascular health of healthy seniors

Bethesda, Md. (July 6, 2015)—Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the U.S. because of the perceived cardiovascular benefits of the omega-3 it contains. [More]
Scientists find smooth muscle cells as major contributing factor to vascular stiffness

Scientists find smooth muscle cells as major contributing factor to vascular stiffness

Increased vascular stiffness has been identified as an important part of hypertension in aging adults. Previous studies of aortic stiffness have focused on changes in structural proteins that alter the properties of vascular walls causing them to become rigid. [More]
Treating common gum disease in CKD patients could reduce heart disease risk

Treating common gum disease in CKD patients could reduce heart disease risk

Treating a common gum condition in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients could significantly reduce their risk of potentially fatal heart disease, Aston University researchers say. [More]
Investigational S-equol nutritional supplement may alleviate certain menopause symptoms

Investigational S-equol nutritional supplement may alleviate certain menopause symptoms

The investigational S-equol nutritional supplement may be a viable agent to alleviate certain menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, according to a new peer-reviewed article in the March Journal of Women's Health. [More]
Excess dietary sodium can adversely affect organs

Excess dietary sodium can adversely affect organs

You may think you're one of the lucky ones who can eat all the salty snacks and convenience foods you want and still register low numbers on the blood pressure cuff. But, new research suggests you may not be so lucky after all. [More]
One cup of blueberries per day could help reduce blood pressure, arterial stiffness

One cup of blueberries per day could help reduce blood pressure, arterial stiffness

Just one cup of blueberries per day could be the key to reducing blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are associated with cardiovascular disease. [More]
Researchers develop new technique to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain

Researchers develop new technique to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain

Researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique that can noninvasively image the pulse pressure and elasticity of the arteries of the brain, revealing correlations between arterial health and aging. [More]
Non-surgical gum disease treatment reduces thickness of wall of arteries

Non-surgical gum disease treatment reduces thickness of wall of arteries

A simple non-surgical gum disease treatment markedly reduces the thickness of the wall of the arteries, a risk factor for heart disease, according to a first of its kind study among Aboriginal Australians. [More]
Compliance with CPAP therapy may help prevent cardiovascular complications

Compliance with CPAP therapy may help prevent cardiovascular complications

A new study suggests that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy rapidly improves blood pressure and arterial tone in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). [More]
Study suggests that stiff arteries alone enough to cause high BP in "virtual human"

Study suggests that stiff arteries alone enough to cause high BP in "virtual human"

High blood pressure is highly age-related and affects more than 1 billion people worldwide. But doctors can't fully explain the cause of 90 per cent of all cases. A computer model of a "virtual human" suggests that stiff arteries alone are enough to cause high blood pressure. [More]
Metabolic syndrome linked to BP variability

Metabolic syndrome linked to BP variability

Blood pressure variability is increased in patients with the metabolic syndrome, shows an analysis of NHANES III data. [More]
Effects of blueberry powder on blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women

Effects of blueberry powder on blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women

Initial research out of Florida State University investigated whether daily consumption of a freeze-dried blueberry powder supplement resulted in a reduction of blood pressure and arterial stiffness, a measure of cardiovascular disease risk, in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension. [More]
Researchers analyze impact of chocolate consumption in vascular health

Researchers analyze impact of chocolate consumption in vascular health

It might seem too good to be true, but dark chocolate is good for you and scientists now know why. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. [More]
Vitamin D deficiency may lead to stiffening of blood vessels

Vitamin D deficiency may lead to stiffening of blood vessels

UV-B radiation in sunlight is the most important factor for the production of vitamin D, and that is why many people suffer from low levels of vitamin D during the winter months. [More]
Esaote to showcase Prevention Suite for cardiovascular assessment at EuroEcho-Imaging conference

Esaote to showcase Prevention Suite for cardiovascular assessment at EuroEcho-Imaging conference

This year’s EuroEcho-Imaging conference in Istanbul, Turkey (11-14 December) will see global medical imaging manufacturer, Esaote, showcase Prevention Suite: a unique package of ultrasound imaging modalities for both cardiac and vascular investigations. Prevention Suite provides clinicians with a wide range of tools for assessing a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease quickly and reliably, often before symptoms occur. It is regarded as providing a ‘step change’ in terms of early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease using ultrasound. [More]
Cranberries' unique bioactive compounds improve heart health and temper inflammation

Cranberries' unique bioactive compounds improve heart health and temper inflammation

Cranberries are more than a holiday favorite, given their remarkable nutritional and health benefits. A new research review published in the international journal Advances in Nutrition provides reasons why these tiny berries can be front and center and not just a side dish. The review authors conclude that cranberries provide unique bioactive compounds that may help reduce the incidence of certain infections, improve heart health and temper inflammation. [More]
Metabolic syndrome components signal resistant hypertension

Metabolic syndrome components signal resistant hypertension

Chinese patients with hypertension that is difficult to treat often have poor cardiometabolic profiles, shows an analysis of the HOT-CHINA study. [More]
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