It turns out that blood pressure can jump around a lot — as much as 40 points in one day in my case — which raises the question of which reading to trust. Read more
The data showed for a 10-beats-per-minute increase in the resting heart rate, the risk of death from all causes increased by 9 percent, and the risk of death from cardiovascular disease went up by 8 percent.
Researchers also found that people with a resting heart rate of more than 80 beats per minute had a 45 percent higher risk of all-cause death than people whose resting heart rate was 60 to 80 beats per minute, whose risk increased by 21 percent. Read more
Two diabetes projects focusing on self-management show that engaged patients can boost clinical outcomes, improve population health measures and make things a lot easier for clinicians. Read more
Bimonthly text messages, a Web portal and home-based medical devices produced an average weight decrease of 3.5 pounds and a mean reduction in hemoglobin A1c levels from 7.41 to 6.77 percent Read more
women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have it later as women who didn’t experience this complication when they were younger. Women with this problem during pregnancy were also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.In addition, women who developed diabetes during pregnancy had a four-times-higher risk of developing diabetes again later on. Read more
Lower blood pressure target greatly reduces cardiovascular complications and deaths in older adults.
More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. This is according to the initial results of a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The intervention in this trial, which carefully adjusts the amount or type of blood pressure medication to achieve a target systolic pressure of 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), reduced rates of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, by almost a third and the risk of death by almost a quarter, as compared to the target systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg. Read more
Heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths among women each year — that’s approximately one woman every minute.
A third of U.S. adults — or roughly 78 million Americans — have high blood pressure, often referred to as hypertension, but only a little more than half of hypertensive adults have their blood pressure under control, according to the American Heart Association. Many don't even know they have what's called the "silent killer." Read more
"White-coat hypertension" is no myth..occurs with an estimated 15 to 30 percent of patients
Masked hypertension -- where blood pressure is always lower in the doctor's official -- is the opposite effect that occurs for some patients..The American Heart Association has recommended home blood pressure monitoring, because studies suggest it shows some benefit.. Read more