New Blood-pressure Guidelines Raise Concern Among Heart-health Groups

Theres a whole lot of work we have to do in the field of hypertension, Jessup said. The group that produced the new guidelines was empaneled in 2008 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as the Eighth Joint National Committee, Reynolds said. Its mission was to create evidence-based recommendations. This summer, though, the institute announced that it was getting out of the business of clinical guidelines and shifting responsibility to the American Heart Association and the College of Cardiology. Other guidelines committees accepted the change, but the Eighth Joint National Committee, or JNC8, refused. Townsend, who directs Penns hypertension program, said the group wanted to focus on guidelines that community doctors could use easily in the short time they have with patients.
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High Blood Pressure Found to Riskier in Women than Men

Researchers found differences in the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure in women, compared to men. This is the first study to consider gender as a way to determine the best treatments for high blood pressure. The scientists looked at 100 men and women with untreated high blood pressure. All were at least 53 years old. The researchers performed a series of specialized tests to see whether the heart or blood vessels were involved in increasing blood pressure. The tests measured forces involved in circulating blood, and hormone profiles of the mechanisms behind high blood pressure. Results showed that compared with men who had the same level of high blood pressure, the women in the study had 30 to 40 percent more vascular disease. They also saw physiologic differences in the cardiovascular systems of women, such as the levels and types of hormones involved in regulating blood pressure.
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High blood pressure more dangerous among women than in men

Tests were conducted to indicate whether it was the patient’s heart or blood vessels that were causing the hypertension. They found 30 to 40% more vascular disease in women compared to men for the same level of elevated blood pressure. Moreover, they found significant physiologic differences in the women’s cardiovascular system, including types and levels of hormones involved in blood pressure regulation, that added to severity and frequency of heart disease. The number of deaths due to heart diseases significantly dipped in the US in the last two decades among men. However, in the same time, heart disease emerged as the leading cause of death among women. This gender divide prompted the researchers to take up the study.
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Cold Season + Cold Medicines = High Blood Pressure

Jenny McCarthy

Researchers involved in the study found differences in the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure in women, compared to men. They looked at 100 men and women with untreated high blood pressure and all of their participants were at least 53 years old. The researchers performed a series of specialized tests to see whether the heart or blood vessels were involved in increasing blood pressure. Results of the study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease showed that the women in the study had 30 to 40 percent more vascular disease compared with men who had the same level of high blood pressure. Researchers confirmed that this finding may greatly affect the severity of heart disease among women. They also suggested that treatment should be tailored to the female mechanisms that cause high blood pressure.
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High blood pressure in women “more dangerous” than in men

With tumultuous Cleveland weather comes ailments, sprains, strains and colds. We treat these conditions with physical therapy and OTCs (over-the-counter) medications. OTCs are great for treating the symptoms of the common cold and flu but these viruses are not curable, though highly contagious, and has to run its course. There are no absolutes with cold medicines since they only treat the symptoms; however, these medications can make blood pressures rise significantly as well as increase heart rate. A lot of cough and cold medicines contain NSAIDs to relieve pain which is what increases blood pressure and prevent high blood pressure drugs from working properly. They also contain decongestants that can also make blood pressure worse. Keep in mind if you get sick from a cold or flu and have a history of high blood pressure, it is highly advisable to consult your physician first.
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