Hospital in California first to prescribe medications with digital sensors

iStock_000024327831SmallProteus Digital Health, Redwood City – based company, producing digital sensors, which can help to control compliance in patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension, announced that first healthcare provider in US started to prescribe their solution – Proteus Discover to patients. Read full text »

May sugar be the culprit of hypertension more than salt?

iStock_000024649569XSmallCardiovascular diseases are the prime cause of premature deaths in the developed countries with hypertension being the most important risk factor. Salt consumption has been thought to be the main cause of it while reduction of sodium intake- the main dietary approach in fighting high blood pressure rates in hypertensive patients. However, new studies indicate that we might be aiming the wrong way. Recent environmental and experimental studies on both, animals and humans show that added sugars, fructose in particular, may have a huge contribution in increasing not only blood pressure, but also blood pressure variability and myocardial oxygen demand. They could also trigger inflammation, insulin resistance and could lead to a broader metabolic dysfunction. Read full text »

Lower levels of sodium intake and reduced cardiovascular risk

iStock_000020735338XSmallIn the Circulation Cook and colleagues in their an observational follow-up study of phases 1 and 2 of TOHP (Trials of Hypertension Prevention) reported a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD mortality among study participants with lower urinary sodium (<2300mg/24h). Read full text »

Lower blood pressure without drugs? – It is possible!

According to the recent study carried out by researchers from Queen Mary, University of London, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, a cup of beetroot juice a day can help lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. Read full text »

Snoring in pregnancy – marker of hypertension and preeclampsia

Apart from being annoying to household members, snoring during gestation poses serious threat to a mother and a fetus. Scientists from Michigan report in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (1) (AJOG) that pregnancy-onset snoring is independently associated with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. According to WHO both conditions are the leading causes of maternal and neonatal morbidity (2). Researchers admit that, although the mechanism of this relationship is unclear, the treatment of habitual snoring alone might significantly reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy.

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