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


Diagnostic and predictive accuracy of blood pressure screening methods

December 31, 2014

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine online first

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review updated the evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in adults and summarised the evidence on re-screening intervals. The study also looked at the diagnostic and predictive accuracy of different blood pressure methods for cardiovascular events.

Length of publication: 26 pages

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Yoga may guard against heart disease, study finds

December 19, 2014

Source: BBC News Health

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This news article discusses a systematic review of 37 studies, involving nearly 3000 people, which found that yoga may be beneficial for protecting against heart disease, especially for people who cannot do more vigorous forms of exercise. Yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as hypertension, cholesterol and obesity when compared with no exercise. The calming effect of yoga may be beneficial, as stress in linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: BMJ


Reducing sodium in children’s diets

October 7, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a factsheet to help parents and carers reduce children’s consumption of sodium.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: CDC Vital Signs: Reducing sodium in children’s diets


Doctors record higher blood pressure than nurses: systematic review and meta-analysis

April 11, 2014

Source: British Journal of General Practice, 2014, 64 (621), e223-e232

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: The authors of this systematic review found that among 15 studies, blood pressure measurements taken by nurses were lower compared with doctors’ measurements. This may have implications for both hypertension diagnosis and management.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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2014 evidence-based guideline for the management of high blood pressure

January 14, 2014

Source: JAMA online first

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Date of publication: 18th December 2013

Publication type: Practice Guidelines

In a nutshell: The panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee have developed Evidence Statements for treatment of high blood pressure based on a systematic review of the literature. This report recommends treatment thresholds, goals and drug treatment strategies in the management of hypertension in adults.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Acknowledgement: The US National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI)


Secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in older adults

December 16, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 128 (22), p.2422-2446

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: This scientific statement published by the American Heart Association gives an overview of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in older adults, and discusses areas such as hypertension management, psychosocial issues and lifestyle therapy.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association