NEW Australian guidelines for the management of hypertension are expected to take a lead from Europe in relaxing target blood-pressure levels.

Dr Faline Howes, member of the HBPRCA Executive, comments on the role of GPs in managing blood pressure and potential changes to guidelines. Click here.


The eyes have it – how to detect organ damage in patients with high blood pressure

Advanced digital photography of the blood vessels in the eye can now predict the risk of target organ damage associated with high blood pressure in adults and even in children (4.10.12). Click here.

New system found in the heart has impact on metabolism

Professor Eric Olson from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has found that by regulating certain genes in the heart that are involved in energy metabolism there is the surprising impact of changing the metabolism of fats and sugars in the whole body (1.10.12). Click here.

Sitting can be a health hazard

Recent research by Professor David Dunstan and his team, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, has found that for overweight Australians, getting up and walking around after sitting for long periods may assist with helping to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor in heart attack and stroke (30.9.12). Click here.

New dangers about women suffering blood-clotting strokes in the mornings

Today (Sunday, 30 Sept) is the first day of the 24th Scientific Meeting of the International Hypertension Conference in Sydney looking at research advances in high blood pressure, a silent killer which impacts 1 in 4 of the population. Australian researcher, Professor Geoff Head, from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, will present new findings which show the chance of a woman suffering a blood-clotting stroke amongst those who experience morning surges in their blood pressure is extremely high (30.09.12). Click here.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring – Ten News 17 May 2012

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High blood pressure can cut your life short

Heart attacks and strokes happen in the morning and if you have high blood pressure when you wake up you are at greater risk (15.05.12). Click here.

Do you know if you have high blood pressure?

May 17 is World Hypertension Day (WHD) and it is a good time to remember to check your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure may not have symptoms and the first sign that something is amiss, if your high blood pressure is not managed, may be when you suffer a stroke or a heart attack that can leave you severely disabled if not dead (15.05.12). Click here.

Management of hypertension in general practice A qualitative needs assessment of Australian GPs | Aus Family Physician

Dr Faline Howes writes “An earlier study by the authors identified a number of factors that worked against best practice BP management in Australian general practice.

General practitioners felt disenfranchised and removed from the decision making process in research and guideline production. Therefore, in this study we adopted a ‘bottom up’ approach and conducted a needs assessment of GPs to identify and explore strategies to improve the management of hypertension in general practice.” Read more ….


Professor Bruce Neal, speaking for The High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) said: “The study comes out with pretty clear evidence that … (24.04.12) Click here


New insights from Professor Peter Rothwell’s group at the University of Oxford indicate that daily aspirin might be effective in preventing several common cancers, especially of the gastrointestinal tract. He will present his findings at the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth this week (7.12.11). Click here.

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