- Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Anyone who has had frequent blood pressure checks knows that blood pressure is never constant.
We've all had stressful days and we generally attribute high swings in blood pressure to this. Needless to say we are reassured if a subsequent blood pressure check a few days or weeks later shows a lower reading.
Now scientists have found that variations in blood pressure over long periods, of months and years, raises the risk of ill-health and is a predictor of early mortality in hypertensive patients.
- Monday, 05 August 2013
A cheap, simple test could save thousands each year from life threatening blood pressure problems, research has claimed.
The new study suggests that at least one in ten of Britain’s 16 million patients with high blood pressure could be cured if diagnosed early.
The study centres around a form of the condition caused by tiny, benign tumours of the adrenal gland - a hormone-producing organ on top of the kidney.
- Wednesday, 10 July 2013
One of the most common complaints that crop up in the GP surgery day-to-day is high blood pressure readings.
Over 16 million people in the UK are believed to have high blood pressure, or hypertension – a condition that puts a strain on the blood vessels causing them to become “hardened”, rigid, clogged up and more likely to split open. Subsequently, the chances of having a stroke or developing heart problems are greatly increased. High blood pressure also damages the kidneys, the eyes and can cause erectile dysfunction.
- Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Dark chocolate and cocoa powder may help to slightly lower blood pressure, according to the findings of a new review.
Researchers looked at data from 20 trials in which more than 850 people regularly consumed dark chocolate or cocoa powder containing compounds called flavanols. The findings showed participants' blood pressure was slightly reduced – on average by 2-3 mmHG.
An adult’s blood pressure should be below 140/85mmHg. If you have heart or circulatory disease, including coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack or stroke, or have diabetes or kidney disease, then it is usually recommended that your blood pressure should be below 130/80mmHg.
- Monday, 18 June 2012
Too much salt may damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study.
Researchers tracked how much sodium 5,556 men and women from the Netherlands were eating and found those eating a high-salt diet for several years were more likely to have increased levels of uric acid and albumin. Both substances are markers of blood vessel damage.
- Friday, 27 January 2012
If there is a difference in blood pressure between your right and left arm you could be at an increased risk of dying from heart and circulatory disease, according to a new study.
Researchers found a difference in systolic blood pressure of 15mmHG or more between arms was associated with an increased risk of peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is the narrowing and hardening or the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet.
- Monday, 16 January 2012
A new scientific study has shown that oxidants – a family of molecules known to be involved in aging and the development of cancer – also have a positive role in the body in helping to regulate blood pressure.
In a study published in Nature Medicine, scientists show that oxidants, which ‘steal’ electrons from other molecules in a chemical reaction, help prevent high blood pressure.
- Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Scan can detect 5p-sized growth that causes hypertension
A new test developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help doctors diagnose thousands of people with the most common curable cause of high blood pressure (hypertension). Research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), showed a high-tech PET-CT scan could detect Conn’s syndrome, which causes up to five per cent of cases of hypertension.
- Thursday, 17 November 2011
Scientists largely funded by us have uncovered new genes which could affect high blood pressure.
The research used blood pressure measurements from 25,000 people to help identify genes that play a role in hypertension, or high blood pressure. Researchers say they’ve indentified five new genetic variations, while also confirming a number of previous discoveries.
They say their discoveries could, in principal, be used in the future to develop ways to lower blood pressure.