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WHAT: Hypertension—a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States—will take centerstage during Hypertension Awareness Month in May and World Hypertension Day on Thursday, May 17. Experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where hypertension research has long been a top priority, are ava...
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Health experts are calling the recent release of new blood pressure guidelines a major step toward helping Americans reduce their risk of heart disease, the leading cause of U.S. deaths. Developed jointly by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the guidelines now define hypertension as a systolic blood...
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Large NIH-supported study may lead to fresh approaches to treating hypertension WHAT: A team of researchers led by scientists from the Framingham Heart Study has discovered 31 new genetic markers it says are associated with blood pressure. The large-scale study provides new insight into the genetic underpinnings of high blood pressure and researche...
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NIH-supported researchers are reporting more details on a landmark study that announced preliminary findings in September showing a lower blood pressure target can save lives and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in a group of non-diabetic adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. Results of the Systolic Blood Pressure Interventio...
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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. Th...