Hypertension in 2017—What Is the Right Target?

February 14, 2017

Source: The JAMA Network

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Viewpoint

In a nutshell: In this Viewpoint, the author proposes blood pressure goals for treatment of hypertension in light of data from the ACCORD, SPRINT, and HOPE-3 trials, which tested differences in patient outcomes by treatment targets.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: The JAMA Network


A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks

February 14, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  “The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests,” BBC News reports.

Research suggests that stress stimulates the amygdala. The amygdala is, in evolutionary terms, one of the oldest areas of the brain and has been linked to some of the most primal types of emotion, such as fear and stress. It is thought to be responsible for triggering the classic “fight or flight” response in situations of potential danger.

Researchers in the US, using medical imaging, found that higher levels of activity in the amygdala predicted how likely people were to have a heart attack or stroke.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:   NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines