Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Persistent high blood pressure can lead to increased strain to the heart and arteries that can eventually cause organ damage.
To classify the blood pressure, it must be based on ≥2 properly measured, seated blood pressure readings on each of ≥2 office visits.
Goals of therapy are to manage hypertension that can maintain the patient's normal blood pressure and identify and treat all reversible risk factors.
Heavy periods appear to have a bidirectional relationship with chronic hypertension among young women, such that the former is associated with subsequent risk of the latter and vice versa, according to a study.
Poor adherence to at least one antihypertensive medication (AHM) is prevalent in an Asian population with hypertension, with comorbidity significantly contributing to medication adherence (MA), according to a Singapore study.
Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) may be associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a systematic review and network meta-analysis conducted by researchers from the Netherlands.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) show superiority over other blood pressure (BP)-lowering medications in terms of reducing high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and procalcitonin levels in COVID-19 patients with pre-existing hypertension, as shown in a recent study.
Concomitant use of fimasartan and rosuvastatin in patients with hypertension and dyslipidaemia does not appear to be synergistic in increasing concurrent control rate of the diseases, although either drug is effective against the target disease, according to a study.
Early initiation of rhythm-control therapy led to a significantly reduced risk of major adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes compared with usual care (typically rate control) in patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) at risk of stroke, reveals the EAST-AFNET 4* trial presented at ESC 2020.