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Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) in young and middle-aged adults is on the rise. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that ISH puts these patients at higher relative risk for heart disease and mortality than their peers with normal blood pressure. That raises the question of whether these younger ISH patients should be getting drug therapy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a polypill for hypertension, a combination of perindopril arginine and amlodipine (Prestalia/ Symplmed Pharma-Servier).
For some obese women, gestational weight gain below that recommended in the current guidelines may be advised to reduce the risk of certain adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research published online Jan. 18 in Obesity Reviews.
Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from coronary heart disease for years afterward, according to a new study published in the Jan. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
An analysis of medical records from 5,311 people indicates that even mildly elevated blood pressure may indicate a dramatically elevated risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Many studies have shown that patients with hypertension — defined as blood pressure above 140/90 mm Hg — are more likely to develop AF than patients with healthy blood pressure, but the new paper may be the first to document a significant association between AF and blood pressure between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg.
Older people can safely eat just as much salt daily (2300 mg) as younger adults, according to a community-based study reported in JAMAInternal Medicine The current recommendation is 1,500 mg for adults over 50, or a little more than a teaspoon.
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