Blood Pressure

Tart cherry juice reduces high blood pressure comparable to medication

Drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice was shown in a recent study to lower high blood pressure at a level comparable to that achieved by medication, according to researchers at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Wireless wrist blood pressure monitor gives clear results

Wireless wrist blood pressure monitor gives clear results

iHealth has created the iHealth View Wireless Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with a display screen. It is designed to be lightweight and give clear results.

Blood pressure drugs linked to mortality

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Too many blood pressure medicines in patients over 80 could be dangerous if they have low systolic pressure, new European research reveals.

Short sleep cycles lead to elevated blood pressure, researchers warn

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Mayo Clinic researchers have affirmed that consecutive or prolonged periods of abbreviated sleep can wreak havoc on heart rates and blood pressure, a finding relevant to practically any sleep-challenged worker or nursing home resident.

Using multiple blood pressure drugs linked to higher mortality

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Long-heralded for saving lives, blood pressure medicines could have serious consequences among the over-80 elderly with low systolic blood pressure when multiple kinds are used, researchers announced this week.

Aggressive blood pressure treatment does not increase fall risk after all, study says

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Taking aggressive measures to lower older adults' blood pressure may not increase their risk of falls, contrary to conventional wisdom, according to recently published research findings.

Wrong blood-pressure readings being followed to prevent stroke and heart attack, leader of biggest study says

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Providers hoping to get a grip on the likelihood of patients suffering a stroke or an adverse cardiovascular event should pay more attention to nighttime hypertension readings, researchers say.

Researchers note later start to dementia onset

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Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Leveraging remote health monitoring

Leveraging remote health monitoring

As caregivers, we've long known that we need to monitor three key factors -- blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight -- as these are major indicators of a patient's overall health. Yet collecting vitals can be time and labor-intensive within the long-term care environment.

Post-stroke care should be 'uniform' across age groups, study finds

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Post-stroke treatments can benefit older people as much as younger ones, according to recently published research from the University of Georgia.

Joint Commission warns of alarm fatigue

The Joint Commission has issued a warning to providers about the dangers of alarm fatigue, which can occur when clinicians become desensitized to the incessant beeping of medical device alarms. The organization cautioned that various alarm systems — including ventilators, blood pressure monitors and infusion pumps — may undermine resident safety.

Dementia caregivers who receive foot massages at work enjoy lower blood pressure, less anxiety, researchers say

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Caregivers working with seniors who have dementia benefit from foot massages administered during their shifts, suggests new research.

Low wages means higher BP, study says

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Low-wage workers have a greater risk for hypertension than workers with higher wages, University of California-Davis investigators have discovered.

Higher blood pressure may indicate better health in the very elderly, study finds

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While it seems counterintuitive, new research indicates that seniors with higher blood pressure rates may actually be healthier.

Medicare Part D keeps seniors out of nursing homes, hospitals, study shows

Medicare Part D keeps seniors out of nursing homes, hospitals, study shows

Medicare's prescription-coverage program cuts healthcare costs by about $12 billion. That's because the benefit reduces admissions to nursing homes and hospitals, according to a new study.

Blood pressure monitoring watch gets tested

Blood pressure monitoring watch gets tested

Hewlett Packard and partners are testing a watch that constantly monitors a resident's blood pressure. The testing is being done at the firm's Data Center Design for Cloud Computing Lab in Singapore. The watch, called HP's Mobile Health (mHealth) Monitoring Solution, uses microscopic arterial pulse waves from the radial artery to monitor a patient's blood pressure at the wrist. The product's goal is to improve the early detection, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular conditions.

Blood pressure meds promote muscle growth in frail elderly, study says

Seniors fighting muscle weakness could be helped by widely available blood pressure medications, according to new research.

Massive trial to determine effects of lower blood pressure on dementia

The largest-ever clinical trial to determine the effect of lower blood pressure on dementia is preparing to enroll participants, according to recent reports.

Avoiding chronic conditions saves money, increases longevity, study finds

Preventing chronic conditions could both save significant amounts of money and add healthy years to the lives of the elderly, according to a new report.

New research highlights problems with beta-blockers for hypertension among seniors

Beta-blockers, a once-popular treatment for seniors with high blood pressure, are now known to be less effective at preventing stroke than other blood pressure treatments. New research from the University of Leicester sheds light on some reasons why.