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).
Inhaled nitrite spray may help babies diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

Inhaled nitrite spray may help babies diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

Beta-blockers associated with decreased risk for fractures

Beta-blockers associated with decreased risk for fractures

Severe hepatitis C recurrence is more common in transplants from living donors

Severe hepatitis C recurrence is more common in transplants from living donors

Postmenopausal women with heart disease have three fold increased risk of heart failure if they also have diabetes

Postmenopausal women with heart disease have three fold increased risk of heart failure if they also have diabetes

Ramipril reduces rate of sudden cardiac death and nonfatal cardiac arrest by 21 percent

Ramipril reduces rate of sudden cardiac death and nonfatal cardiac arrest by 21 percent

New blood pressure targets are unachievable for most patients

New blood pressure targets are unachievable for most patients

Study suggests that patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension may benefit from Thelin therapy

Study suggests that patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension may benefit from Thelin therapy

Condition causing obstruction of arteries important in high blood pressure diagnosis and treatment

Condition causing obstruction of arteries important in high blood pressure diagnosis and treatment

High blood pressure combined with elevated LDL cholesterol more than triples risk of heart attack

High blood pressure combined with elevated LDL cholesterol more than triples risk of heart attack

New guidelines today to diagnose and treat acromegaly

New guidelines today to diagnose and treat acromegaly

New study confirms benefits of rimonabant in weight loss

New study confirms benefits of rimonabant in weight loss

Atrial fibrillation patients often receive needless treatment

Atrial fibrillation patients often receive needless treatment

Tomato juice may help type 2 diabetics

Tomato juice may help type 2 diabetics

Two new findings in the field of primary prevention for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Two new findings in the field of primary prevention for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Ephedra substitute - Seville orange may have risks

Ephedra substitute - Seville orange may have risks

Study emphasizes the importance of monitoring blood pressure and dyslipidemia in patient's with metabolic syndrome

Study emphasizes the importance of monitoring blood pressure and dyslipidemia in patient's with metabolic syndrome

High blood pressure increased 30 percent over the last decade in the U.S.

High blood pressure increased 30 percent over the last decade in the U.S.

Striking increase in high blood pressure in the U.S.

Striking increase in high blood pressure in the U.S.

Two more drugs added to Medicare demonstration program

Two more drugs added to Medicare demonstration program

Structural microvascular changes, visible in the eye, may precede development of severe hypertension

Structural microvascular changes, visible in the eye, may precede development of severe hypertension