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).
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Small, frequent doses of caffeine best strategy for staying awake

Telecare and telemedicine services seen as solution for long-term care of elderly or vulnerable people

Telecare and telemedicine services seen as solution for long-term care of elderly or vulnerable people

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are 38 percent more likely to have hypertension

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are 38 percent more likely to have hypertension

90's saw significant increase in blood pressure among children

90's saw significant increase in blood pressure among children

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Afro-Americans with high blood pressure have double the risk of enlarged heart

Afro-Americans with high blood pressure have double the risk of enlarged heart

New stent appears safe and effective for preventing arteries from reclosing in coronary heart disease patients

New stent appears safe and effective for preventing arteries from reclosing in coronary heart disease patients

Agreement expands Quintiles capabilities to support drug approvals in Japan

Agreement expands Quintiles capabilities to support drug approvals in Japan

Blood pressure levels on rise among American children and teenagers

Blood pressure levels on rise among American children and teenagers

Latest research on obesity, diabetes, hormone replacement therapy to be presented

Latest research on obesity, diabetes, hormone replacement therapy to be presented

Study finds America’s hospital emergency rooms are overcrowded with patients

Study finds America’s hospital emergency rooms are overcrowded with patients

McMaster’s is helping raise awareness of the importance of regular blood pressure monitoring.

McMaster’s is helping raise awareness of the importance of regular blood pressure monitoring.

Bypass surgery results in better five-year survival than balloon angioplasty and stent procedures

Bypass surgery results in better five-year survival than balloon angioplasty and stent procedures

Sprouts and broccoli may reduce risk of high blood pressure

Sprouts and broccoli may reduce risk of high blood pressure

Wyeth to appeal $1 billion awarded to the family of a woman who died after using fen-phen diet drug

Wyeth to appeal $1 billion awarded to the family of a woman who died after using fen-phen diet drug

Blood pressure drug helps delay ischemic brain damage in stroke patients

Blood pressure drug helps delay ischemic brain damage in stroke patients

Study is first to see such changes in women without high blood pressure or other diseases

Study is first to see such changes in women without high blood pressure or other diseases

Obesity common factor for poor health among men

Obesity common factor for poor health among men

Black women with high blood pressure during pregnancy have higher homocysteine levels

Black women with high blood pressure during pregnancy have higher homocysteine levels