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Blood Pressure is the force of circulating blood on the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is taken using two measurements: systolic (measured when the heart beats, when blood pressure is at its highest) and diastolic (measured between heart beats, when blood pressure is at its lowest). Blood pressure is written with the systolic blood pressure first, followed by the diastolic blood pressure (for example 120/80).
Morning hypertension unmasked as risk factor for cardiovascular events

Morning hypertension unmasked as risk factor for cardiovascular events

Patients on antihypertensive medication who have high blood pressure in the morning, as measured with home monitoring kits, are at increased risk of cardiovascular events, even if their clinic measurement is acceptable, researchers have found. [More]
Longer looks: Alzheimer's and a marriage; racism in medicine; abortion restrictions in Texas

Longer looks: Alzheimer's and a marriage; racism in medicine; abortion restrictions in Texas

The US, which has a mostly private health-care system, manages to spend more on its public health-care system than countries where the health-care system is almost entirely public. America's government spends more, as a percentage of the economy, on public health care than Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan or Australia. And then it spends even more than that on private health care. [More]
Sepsis patients more likely to survive when treated at hospital with higher volume of cases

Sepsis patients more likely to survive when treated at hospital with higher volume of cases

Patients with sepsis, one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in medicine, are more likely to survive the life-threatening condition when treated at a hospital that sees a higher volume of sepsis cases. [More]
New way to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in eye

New way to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in eye

Working with mice, a multicenter team of researchers has found a new way to reduce the abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in the eye that accompany some eye diseases. The finding could lead to the development of new drugs for wet macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. [More]
New guideline recommends against routine use of bed rest in pregnancy

New guideline recommends against routine use of bed rest in pregnancy

In a new guideline, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has recommended against the routine use of bed rest in pregnancy. [More]
Novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following heart attack

Novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following heart attack

New research shows a novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack, according to new study results reported at the European Society of Cardiology's ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. [More]
Coffee increases risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension

Coffee increases risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension

Coffee increases the risk of prediabetes in young adults with hypertension who are slow caffeine metabolisers, according to results from the HARVEST study presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Lucio Mos from Italy. People who drank more than three cups of coffee per day doubled their risk of prediabetes. [More]
Daily fruit consumption reduces risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 40%

Daily fruit consumption reduces risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 40%

Daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40%, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Huaidong Du from Oxford, UK. [More]
Abdominal fat more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk

Abdominal fat more strongly associated with high blood pressure risk

People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Patients with hypertension and high cardiovascular risk can successfully monitor and titrate their own antihypertensive medication, shows research published in JAMA. [More]
New polypill increases adherence to treatment following myocardial infarction

New polypill increases adherence to treatment following myocardial infarction

A new polypill increases adherence to treatment following a myocardial infarction (MI), according to results from the FOCUS Study presented for the first time at ESC Congress 2014 today by principal investigator Dr Valentin Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart in New York, US. [More]
Obese boys are at 6 fold increased risk of hypertension compared to normal weight boys

Obese boys are at 6 fold increased risk of hypertension compared to normal weight boys

Obese youths have a nearly six fold risk of hypertension, according to research in more than 22 000 young people from the PEP Family Heart Study presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Peter Schwandt from Germany. [More]
Antihypertensive therapy decreases risk of mortality, CV events, strokes in older adults

Antihypertensive therapy decreases risk of mortality, CV events, strokes in older adults

Antihypertensive therapy reduces the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events, strokes and mortality in hypertensive older adults, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Dr Maciej Ostrowski from Poland. [More]
Tea significantly lowers risk of non-CV death, study reveals

Tea significantly lowers risk of non-CV death, study reveals

Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24%, reveals a study in 131 000 people presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Nicolas Danchin from France. [More]
Bacteremia linked to worse in-hospital course, outcomes in patients with pneumonia

Bacteremia linked to worse in-hospital course, outcomes in patients with pneumonia

The presence of bacteremia in patients with pneumonia is associated with a worse in-hospital course of illness and poorer patient outcomes, show Spanish findings. [More]
Risk-based treatment approach should be considered for patients with hypertension

Risk-based treatment approach should be considered for patients with hypertension

Blood pressure-lowering treatment should target patients at greatest cardiovascular risk and not just those with the highest baseline levels, suggest findings of a meta-analysis. [More]
Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

Lifestyle intervention shows kidney benefits in diabetic patients

A lifestyle intervention focused on weight loss and increasing physical activity should be considered as additional treatment to prevent advanced kidney disease in overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes, say researchers. [More]
Merz Pharmaceuticals launches new CAIDE Dementia Risk App

Merz Pharmaceuticals launches new CAIDE Dementia Risk App

The CAIDE Dementia Risk App from Merz Pharmaceuticals is available free of charge for people from 40 to 65 to calculate their individual risk for getting dementia within the next two decades. Using a traffic light color scheme, the App can also help physicians discuss preventive measures with patients at risk. [More]
Receiving prescription at discharge improves outcomes in stroke patients

Receiving prescription at discharge improves outcomes in stroke patients

Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged - according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. [More]
Tiny eye implant enables patients to battle glaucoma

Tiny eye implant enables patients to battle glaucoma

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor - and control - increasing pressure within the eye. [More]