Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) News and Research

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Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a condition where the pressure of the blood flowing through the arteries of the body is higher than it should be. Much like the pressure of the air in a tire, if the pressure of the blood is too high it can damage the arteries and organs of the body. Just like the tire, if the pressure suddenly becomes very high, catastrophic events can happen. Similarly, if the pressure remains somewhat elevated for a long enough period of time, premature wear and failure can occur.

Hypertension has its worst effects on the heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, hemorrhages of the retina of the eye, and generalized atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries all over the body).
New guidelines redefine what classes as high blood pressure

New guidelines redefine what classes as high blood pressure

Combined effect of gestational diabetes and hypertension leaves both parents at high risk

Combined effect of gestational diabetes and hypertension leaves both parents at high risk

Researchers use novel computational tool to understand complex disease processes

Researchers use novel computational tool to understand complex disease processes

Patients with extreme swings in blood pressure more likely to die than those with less variances

Patients with extreme swings in blood pressure more likely to die than those with less variances

Increasing prevalence of chronic conditions linked to adverse health outcomes for moms and newborns

Increasing prevalence of chronic conditions linked to adverse health outcomes for moms and newborns

High protein diet may have deleterious long-term impact on kidney health

High protein diet may have deleterious long-term impact on kidney health

NIH awards grant to test whether anti-inflammatory diet can reduce Alzheimer's disease risk

NIH awards grant to test whether anti-inflammatory diet can reduce Alzheimer's disease risk

History of kidney stones linked to higher risk for metabolic, hypertensive complications during pregnancy

History of kidney stones linked to higher risk for metabolic, hypertensive complications during pregnancy

Low-energy ESWT shows promise for managing digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis

Low-energy ESWT shows promise for managing digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis

Study points to novel, effective treatment for CKD patients with metabolic acidosis

Study points to novel, effective treatment for CKD patients with metabolic acidosis

UofL researchers help discover new autoimmune disease that causes kidney failure

UofL researchers help discover new autoimmune disease that causes kidney failure

Diabetes awareness month: Mount Sinai experts share tips for disease prevention

Diabetes awareness month: Mount Sinai experts share tips for disease prevention

Greater blood pressure drops linked to kidney function decline in hypertensive patients

Greater blood pressure drops linked to kidney function decline in hypertensive patients

Caffeine consumption may prolong lives of kidney disease patients

Caffeine consumption may prolong lives of kidney disease patients

UC study explores racial and gender disparities in elderly dialysis patients

UC study explores racial and gender disparities in elderly dialysis patients

Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption increases risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption increases risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Short-term exposure to western diet can put individuals at risk for vascular damage and prediabetes

Short-term exposure to western diet can put individuals at risk for vascular damage and prediabetes

Topical gel made from blood pressure pills holds great promise in healing chronic wounds

Topical gel made from blood pressure pills holds great promise in healing chronic wounds

Severe hot flashes in midlife linked to higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea

Severe hot flashes in midlife linked to higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea

The Obesity Society position statement focuses on breastfeeding and obesity

The Obesity Society position statement focuses on breastfeeding and obesity