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28-09-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Targeted treatments may improve idiopathic PAH survival

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension may live longer if they are given targeted treatments than if they receive conventional management, researchers suggest.

28-09-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Cardiac arrhythmias pose risk in pulmonary hypertension patients

Supraventricular arrhythmias are common and usually cause clinical deterioration in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a study shows.

28-09-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Doppler echocardiography has good accuracy relative to right heart catheterisation for detecting pulmonary hypertension, shows a large study.

21-09-2014 | Hypertension | Article

Metabolic abnormalities predict severe hypertension

Components of the metabolic syndrome, as well as a family history of hypertension, identify people at risk of developing severe hypertension, say researchers.

14-09-2014 | Hypertension | Article

Age confounds relationship between ambulatory and office BP

The relationship between ambulatory and office blood pressure varies with age, with the likelihood of white-coat hypertension increasing as people get older, a study shows.

07-09-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Morning hypertension unmasked as risk factor for cardiovascular events

Patients on antihypertensive medication who have high blood pressure in the morning, as measured with home monitoring kits, are at increased risk of cardiovascular events, even if their clinic measurement is acceptable, researchers have found.

31-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Patients with hypertension and high cardiovascular risk can successfully monitor and titrate their own antihypertensive medication, shows research published in JAMA.

24-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Risk-based treatment approach should be considered for patients with hypertension

Blood pressure-lowering treatment should target patients at greatest cardiovascular risk and not just those with the highest baseline levels, suggest findings of a meta-analysis.

17-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Meta-analysis shows blood pressure variability and mortality link

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies investigating the link between visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality has revealed a modest, but significant, association.

13-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Elderly men and patients with low baseline systolic blood pressure are among those at a particularly high risk of death from pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis, a US study has found.

13-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Patients with pulmonary hypertension have reduced right ventricular strain and more dyssynchronous ventricles than healthy individuals, show results of a three-dimensional speckle tracking study.

10-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Midlife hypertension link to later-life cognitive decline strengthened

Analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study cohort supports an association between elevated blood pressure in midlife and increased cognitive decline in older age.

03-08-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Hypertension control may ward off renal damage in diabetics

Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of renal damage in patients with Type 2 diabetes, especially if they have poor glycaemic control, study findings suggest.

27-07-2014 | Hypertension | Article

Probiotics have ‘modest’ effect on blood pressure

The consumption of probiotics may help to reduce blood pressure, say the authors of a meta-analysis.

20-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

BP variability may be ‘CV risk integrator’

Increased variability in blood pressure may be an indicator of overall cardiovascular risk rather than being a risk factor per se, suggest researchers.

14-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

PAH disease burden ‘significant’

Patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension have a substantial burden of disease, with more than half hospitalised during the first 3 years post-diagnosis, research shows.

13-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Healthy lifestyle helps hard-to-treat hypertensive patients

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent cardiovascular events even among patients with apparent treatment-resistant hypertension, say researchers.

10-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

CHEST guideline released for PAH

An updated CHEST guideline for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension provides some evidence-based recommendations but also highlights many evidence gaps.

10-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Novel oxygen uptake parameter aids idiopathic PAH evaluation

Oxygen uptake efficiency plateau, measured during the cardiopulmonary exercise test, offers a novel method for evaluating gas exchange abnormalities in patients with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, Chinese researchers report.

06-07-2014 | Cardiology | Article

Night-time BP variability improves vascular risk prediction

Measuring night-time variability in the blood pressure of patients with hypertension may help to predict their risk of having a cardiovascular event, show data from an international study.