Native Hawaiians lowered blood pressure with hula dancing

Native Hawaiians who participated in a blood-pressure-lowering program incorporating their cultural dance of hula lowered their blood pressure more than those who received standard education on diet and exercise, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. “Despite medical treatment of hypertension, many Native Continue Reading

Heating pads may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure when lying down

Applying a heating pad overnight may help people with supine hypertension, a condition that causes their blood pressure to increase when they lie down including during sleep, according to preliminary results presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. Supine hypertension is present in about half of people Continue Reading

High blood pressure treatment may slow cognitive decline

High blood pressure appears to accelerate cognitive decline among middle-aged and older adults, but treating high blood pressure may slow this down, according to a preliminary study presented by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. “The findings are important Continue Reading

Two blood-clotting disorders with different causes interact synergistically

Two rare but potentially deadly blood-clotting diseases, namely thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, show similar pathologies—a multitude of painful blockages in small blood vessels that cause varying degrees of organ injury throughout the body. However, the two disorders have distinctbiological mechanisms. Now, in a Continue Reading

Childhood cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and smoking predict adult heart disease

The first reliable evidence of a link between major cardiovascular risk factors in children—serum cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and smoking—with cardiovascular disease in adults is presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The study highlights the need to lay the foundations Continue Reading

New guidance on potentially fatal blood clots published today

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on acute pulmonary embolism are published online today in European Heart Journal. They were developed in collaboration with the European Respiratory Society (ERS). Acute pulmonary embolism is the third most common cause of cardiovascular death in Europe, after heart attack and stroke, contributing Continue Reading