Study reveals important new target for high blood pressure treatment

March 17, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: New more effective treatments for high blood pressure could be possible thanks to the discovery that the nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure is formed in nerves rather than in the walls of blood vessels.

The surprising findings, published in the journal Hypertension, from BHF-funded researchers at King’s College London, follows a world-first study in healthy humans, and builds on previous work that established the fundamental role that the gas nitric oxide plays in regulating blood pressure.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation

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Health matters: combating high blood pressure Guidance

February 14, 2017

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: Public Health England has published this professional resource, which outlines how providers and commissioners can reduce the population average blood pressure through improved prevention, detection and management.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  Public Health England


Stress in early adulthood may lead to heighted risk of high blood pressure

February 8, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:

A new study from the online journal Heart suggests a link between the tendency to become easily stressed in adolescents and a heightened risk of developing high blood pressure in later life. The research looked at more than 1.5 million 18-year-old men with normal blood pressure, who had been conscripted to the army in Sweden between 1969 and 1997 until the end of 2012 and were assessed for their levels of stress resilience. At the end of the study, those who were more prone to stress a at the age of 18 were associated with a heightened risk of high blood pressure. The study also shows an increase in the number of cases of high blood pressure, if a young person is overweight.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Study suggests more people should be given blood pressure-lowering medication

January 5, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A study published today in the Lancet suggests that blood pressure-lowering drugs should be offered to all individuals at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke regardless of their blood pressure at the start of treatment. Currently, doctors only offer blood pressure lowering drugs to people considered to have ‘high’ blood pressure. However, the research suggests that even lowering the blood pressure – within reason – of someone with ‘normal’ blood pressure could lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke.

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Acknowledgement:  British Heart Foundation


Self-management support for people with hypertension

January 20, 2015

Source: Health Services and Delivery Research, 2014, 2 (53) p. 221-250

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This study by the National Institute for Health Research provides an overview of the evidence on self-management support for a range of long-term conditions. Its objective is to inform commissioning and healthcare providers. Chapter 15 examines the research on self-management support for hypertension.

Length of publication: 30 pages

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Acknowledgement: National Institute for Health Research


Healthier lives: diabetes, hypertension and NHS Health Check

November 6, 2014

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Healthier Lives is a new interactive tool which shows the large variation in prevalence and treatment of hypertension and diabetes around England as well as the provision of the NHS Health Check to prevent heart disease and other conditions. The data allows people to see how their GP surgery, CCG and Local Authority are performing compared to the national average.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Press release


Blood pressure targets for hypertension in people with diabetes mellitus

November 20, 2013

Source: The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This Cochrane Review analysed five studies that evaluated whether lower blood pressure targets were better than standard blood pressure targets for diabetic patients. The evidence did not support lower blood pressure targets in people with raised blood pressure and diabetes. However, further research is needed.

Length of publication: 47 pages

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Acknowledgement: Cochrane Hypertension Group