Posts Tagged ‘blood pressure’


April 6th, 2015

Bringing Clarity and Consensus to the Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with CAD

AHA President Elliott Antman discusses the recent scientific statement from the AHA/ACC/ASH on the treatment of hypertension in patients with existing CAD.

March 9th, 2015

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: March 9th

This week’s topics include the effects of low BP in cognitively impaired elderly patients taking antihypertensive drugs and the effects of blood-pressure lowering on CV risk according to baseline BMI.

September 1st, 2014

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: September 1st

This week’s topics include aortic valve stenosis, presenting the benefits of PCI to patients, and more.

August 18th, 2014

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: August 18th

This week’s topics include the three sodium studies from NEJM, the CLARIFY study, and more.

August 18th, 2014

An Expert’s Perspective: Why Salt Is Not Like Tobacco and Why Guidelines Are Tricky

At the center of this week’s renewed debate on salt was Salim Yusuf, the longtime influential and occasionally controversial cardiology researcher and clinical trialist based at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I spoke with Yusuf before the publication of the New England Journal of Medicine papers, which include his own two papers from the PURE study. Yusuf was troubled by […]

August 18th, 2014

New Analysis of Old Study Fuels Debate Over Blood Pressure Guidelines

In the last year new guidelines relating to cardiovascular disease have been the subject of intense criticism and debate. The status of the blood pressure guidelines has been particularly contentious, since several different groups have published contradictory guidelines, while several authors of the most prominent group, the Eighth Joint National Committee, published an impassioned dissent […]

August 13th, 2014

Two New Studies Fuel the Debate Over Sodium

Three papers and an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine are sure to throw fresh fuel on the ongoing fiery debate over sodium recommendations. Current guidelines recommend that people should limit their intake of sodium to 1.5  to 2.4 grams per day, but these recommendations are based on projections and have never been tested in […]

July 21st, 2014

Probiotics May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

As interest in probiotics has grown in recent years, some evidence has emerged that probiotics may favorably reduce blood pressure, but trials have been small and inconsistent. Now a meta-analysis published in Hypertension suggests that the blood-pressure lowering effects of probiotics may be genuine. Saman Khalesi and colleagues analyzed data from nine parallel, randomized, controlled trials including 543 […]

June 5th, 2014

An Adverse Event on Lisinopril: What Do You Say to Your Patient?

In this scenario of an adverse event after taking a guideline-recommended dosage of lisinopril to lower BP, John Ryan asks, “What do you say to your patient?”

February 24th, 2014

Meta-Analysis Links Vegetarian Diet and Lower Blood Pressure

A new meta-analysis provides the strongest evidence yet that a vegetarian diet is strongly associated with lower blood pressure. Although various health benefits of a vegetarian diet have often been proposed, a rigorous examination of the effect on blood pressure has not been previously performed. In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Japanese researchers analyzed data from […]