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Treating systolic blood pressure to a goal of less than 120 mm Hg rather than 140 mm Hg does not result in a significant reduction in the risk for probable dementia

Intensive BP Treatment Does Not Reduce Dementia Risk

But drop seen in risk for MCI and combined rate of cognitive impairment, probable dementia
New blood pressure treatment recommendations may not improve survival from cardiovascular disease

New BP Treatment Cutoffs May Not Yield Survival Benefit

Survival benefit not seen with Stage 1 hypertension, only high-risk Stage 2 hypertension
An analysis of electronic health record data reveals considerable differences in hypertension control across health systems

EHR Data ID Differences in HTN Control Across Health Systems

Proportion of patients with uncontrolled blood pressure varies by health system and clinical site
There is no correlation between urate and blood pressure in mice or among patients with early Parkinson's disease

Urate Elevation in Potential Tx for Parkinson’s Not Tied to HTN

Phase II clinical trial results, mouse model study show no link between serum urate, changes in BP
Achieving and maintaining 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association blood pressure goals could prevent a greater number of cardiovascular disease events than achieving prior U.S. guideline goals

New BP Goals Could Prevent 3 Million CVD Events Over 10 Years

Maintaining ACC/AHA goals would result in fewer events than current BP levels, prior guideline goals
Smoke-free policies are associated with small reductions in blood pressure

Smoke-Free Policies Linked to Lower Systolic Blood Pressure

Lower systolic BP found for those living in areas with public smoke-free policies
The Amerindian Yanomami community

No Age-Related Increase in BP for Yanomami Community

Communities who are among least acculturated peoples in world have no increase in BP with age
High blood pressure in early adulthood is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life

HTN in Young Adulthood Linked to CVD Later in Life

Two studies show increased risk for cardiovascular disease in association with hypertension
A home blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg should be considered the threshold for stage 1 hypertension

Home BP of 130/80 mm Hg ID’d as Threshold for Stage 1 HTN

Two U.S. cohorts support use of home BP threshold of 130/80 mm Hg for black, white, Hispanic adults
Another hypertension drug is being recalled due to contamination that could pose a cancer risk

Second Hypertension Drug Recalled Due to Contamination

Some lots of irbesartan being recalled due to contamination with suspected carcinogen