According to an investigation, systolic blood pressure levels of less than 120 mm Hg, or higher than 140 mm Hg among individuals who suffered an ischemic stroke, were linked with an increased risk of the individual experiencing an additional stoke in the future. The study is published in the Nov. 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on cardiovascular disease and is being released early online to accompany the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. "Recurrent stroke prevention guidelines suggest that larger reductions in systolic blood pressure (SBP) are positively associated with a greater reduction in the risk of recurrent stroke and define an SBP level of less than 120 mm Hg as normal. However, the association os SBP maintained at such levels with risk of vascular events after a recent ischemic stroke is unclear, " according to the study.
The use of multiple medications is associated with increased severity of erectile dysfunction, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in the British Journal of Urology International. This study surveyed 37, 712 ethnically diverse men from Southern California and found that men taking various medications are likely to have more severe ED. This was part of the California Men's Health Study, a multiethnic cohort of men ages 46 to 69 who are members of Kaiser Permanente in California. Information about medication use between 2002 and 2003 was obtained from pharmacy records. This study looked at men who were taking more than three medications. Survey responses about ED were used to quantify its presence and severity. Of the men included in this study, 29 percent reported moderate or severe ED.
An announcement has been made by Daiichi Sankyo UK that the first three-in-one bill (Sevikar HCT) to treat hypertension ( high blood pressure ) has been launched. In the UK, approximately 8.5 million individuals are affected with hypertension. As symptoms are rarely clear, the condition is known as the "silent killer." Hypertension is the most prevalent cause of stroke if left untreated or unmanaged. Nearly 2 million people in the UK currently take three or more pills in order to treat their condition, although 80% do not take their pills as directed by their doctor, or throw them away. If patients suffering with hypertension take their medication as directed by their doctor it is significantly easier to control. The new 3-in-1 pill reduces the number of medications patients with hypertension need to take.
Hypertension is an endemic condition with far-reaching consequences. For instance, high blood pressure is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. Other organs are also damaged by the chronic condition. Hypertension is attributed to a high salt intake and a genetic predisposition. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim have now discovered that even a normal salt intake can cause hypertension in people suffering from a sodium dysregulation. Researchers have managed to identify the responsible gene. The regulation of blood pressure is highly complex. The blood pressure level is first and foremost determined by the blood volume. The more blood is circulated in the body, the higher the blood pressure. The 'control centre' is located in the kidneys: Here, blood volume and, in turn, blood pressure, are regulated by renal excretion of water and sodium.
Hypertension in Canada is increasing, and it is projected that more than one-quarter of Canadian adults will be diagnosed with hypertension by 2012/13, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).. Older women were more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure compared with men, and people in the Atlantic provinces had the highest rates of hypertension. Canadian researchers looked at data on 26 million adults aged 20 years and over between 1998 and 2007/08 to determine how common hypertension was in the population (prevalence) and the number of new cases (incidence). They looked at the data by age group and by province/territory. The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS), which includes all Canadians who have used the health care system, was the data source.