FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 -- People taking blood pressure medications have faced a frightening and bewildering series of pharmaceutical recalls in recent months, as trace amounts of cancer-causing chemicals have been discovered in individual batches of drugs.
But experts from the nation's leading heart groups are urging patients to remain calm, even as the recall list continues to grow.
THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 -- Prior studies have suggested that a little drinking might help the heart. But rigorous new research suggests the opposite, finding that even a drink or two per day is tied to rising blood pressure.
"I think this will be a turning point for clinical practice, as well as for future research, education and public health policy regarding alcohol consumption," said lead author Dr. Amer Aladin, a cardiology fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 -- Young adults with blood pressure that's higher than normal, but not yet high blood pressure, are still more likely to have brain shrinkage than those with normal blood pressure, a new German study finds.
It's long been thought that high blood pressure takes decades to affect the brain.
TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 -- "140/90" had long been the line in the sand for getting high blood pressure under control. But in 2017, leading medical organizations lowered the definitions of normal, elevated and high blood pressure with the idea that starting treatment at lower "high" levels can better reduce heart attacks and strokes.
This dramatically added to the number of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and redefined goals for those with the condition.