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).
Important for physicians to identify patients at risk for hyperkalemia and implement corresponding measures when using ACE inhibitors

Important for physicians to identify patients at risk for hyperkalemia and implement corresponding measures when using ACE inhibitors

Never mind the gills here's the oyster gonads

Never mind the gills here's the oyster gonads

Painless heart attacks often result in greater fatality rates than painful episodes

Painless heart attacks often result in greater fatality rates than painful episodes

Clinical trial of lipase inhibitor for the treatment of obesity

Clinical trial of lipase inhibitor for the treatment of obesity

New study explodes myth about vegetarian diet

New study explodes myth about vegetarian diet

Latinos living in the United States have high rates of eye disease and visual impairment

Latinos living in the United States have high rates of eye disease and visual impairment

Lack of a gene called LBP-1a in the embryo prevents normal growth of blood vessels in the placenta

Lack of a gene called LBP-1a in the embryo prevents normal growth of blood vessels in the placenta

To prevent heart attack, stroke, amputation, and death, National “PAD Coalition” is formed

To prevent heart attack, stroke, amputation, and death, National “PAD Coalition” is formed

New initiative aimed at reducing the excessively high rates of stroke

New initiative aimed at reducing the excessively high rates of stroke

Current estimates have cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounting for 17 million deaths annually

Current estimates have cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounting for 17 million deaths annually

Blood vessel plug - amplatzer ductal occluder, performs well in trial

Blood vessel plug - amplatzer ductal occluder, performs well in trial

FDA has granted orphan drug designation to Myogen's ambrisentan, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

FDA has granted orphan drug designation to Myogen's ambrisentan, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Children should be screened for high blood pressure at age 3

Children should be screened for high blood pressure at age 3

Connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease

Connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease

Hormone that is important in the control of blood pressure may also inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells

Hormone that is important in the control of blood pressure may also inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells

Automated health databases can help physicians monitor chronic diseases like hypertension

Automated health databases can help physicians monitor chronic diseases like hypertension

Typical warning signs for sleep apnea

Typical warning signs for sleep apnea

Anti-hypertensive drug clonidine before non-cardiac surgery reduces risk of complications due to inadequate blood flow to the heart

Anti-hypertensive drug clonidine before non-cardiac surgery reduces risk of complications due to inadequate blood flow to the heart

Japanese study on eggs and mortality is not scientifically sound

Japanese study on eggs and mortality is not scientifically sound

Influence of alcohol consumption on risk of developing hypertension and type 2 diabetes

Influence of alcohol consumption on risk of developing hypertension and type 2 diabetes