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Stephen Padilla, 21 Jul 2017
Adherence to a beneficial lifestyle may significantly reduce the risk of chronic hypertension after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) such as gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia, a recent study suggests. Keeping a healthy weight appears to be critical in women with a history of HDP compared with those without such a history.
Natalia Reoutova, 4 days ago

MitraClip NTR and XTR systems are effective and well tolerated for primary mitral regurgitation (MR), as shown in the prospective, multicentre, single-arm, international, post-marketing, real-world, observational EXPAND study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2020/World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) virtual meeting.

Pearl Toh, Yesterday
Taking ticagrelor alone — and dropping aspirin — after 3 months of DAPT* post-PCI** significantly reduced bleeding events without increasing the risk of ischaemic adverse events compared with continuing a DAPT of ticagrelor plus aspirin, the TICO*** trial has shown.
09 Jul 2017
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is effective in reducing uric acid concentrations and risks of gout in males, a new prospective cohort study reveals. In contrast, Western diets up the risk of gout.

High BP values linked to poor decision making in older adults

07 Jan 2020

Nondemented older adults with higher blood pressure (BP) values may suffer from poorer decision making, according to a recent study.

A total of 908 nondemented older adults (age, 81 years; 75 percent women) from the Rush Memory and Aging Project were included in the analysis. Separate multivariable linear regression models showed the inverse associations of total decision-making scores with systolic (S)BP, mean arterial pressure (MAP) and pulse pressure (PP) after adjusting for age, sex, education, antihypertension medication use, diabetes and cumulative cardiovascular disease burden (p=0.03).

Additionally, the association between decision making and these BP values persisted after additional adjustment for global cognition.

In this study, the investigators used questions designed to simulate materials used in financial and healthcare settings in the real world to measure decision making in participants, which yielded a total score and domain-specific health and financial decision-making scores.

Two seated and one standing BP measurements were carried out, all of which contributed to average SBP, MAP and PP. Participants reported their hypertension status and underwent medical history and cognitive assessments. Antihypertensive medications were visually inspected and coded.

“Decision making, [which is] key to successful ageing, has implications for financial success, physical health and well-being,” the investigators said. “While poor decision making has been linked with increased risk of mortality, age-related cognitive decline and dementia, less is known regarding its associations with chronic disease indicators.”

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Most Read Articles
Stephen Padilla, 21 Jul 2017
Adherence to a beneficial lifestyle may significantly reduce the risk of chronic hypertension after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) such as gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia, a recent study suggests. Keeping a healthy weight appears to be critical in women with a history of HDP compared with those without such a history.
Natalia Reoutova, 4 days ago

MitraClip NTR and XTR systems are effective and well tolerated for primary mitral regurgitation (MR), as shown in the prospective, multicentre, single-arm, international, post-marketing, real-world, observational EXPAND study presented at the American College of Cardiology 2020/World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) virtual meeting.

Pearl Toh, Yesterday
Taking ticagrelor alone — and dropping aspirin — after 3 months of DAPT* post-PCI** significantly reduced bleeding events without increasing the risk of ischaemic adverse events compared with continuing a DAPT of ticagrelor plus aspirin, the TICO*** trial has shown.
09 Jul 2017
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is effective in reducing uric acid concentrations and risks of gout in males, a new prospective cohort study reveals. In contrast, Western diets up the risk of gout.