(ipopba/iStock, Getty Images) The top number on a blood pressure test is widely viewed as the best gauge of a person’s overall risk for heart disease. But the bottom number could be important when it comes to evaluating the chance of a person having scars on their brain that could be an indicator for dementia,…

(Science Photo Library, Getty Images) About 1 in 4 young adults has high blood pressure. But few are getting treated, with new research concluding black young adults are especially vulnerable. In a study that included 15,171 black, Mexican American and white adults, researchers found that nearly 31% of black young adults had high blood pressure,…

(Huntstock/Photodisc, Getty Images) Rising blood pressure and stiffening arteries – two risk markers for cardiovascular disease – create easily detectable changes in the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye, according to new research. It’s the largest study to examine the relationship between microvascular changes in the eye and the macrovascular risk factors…

(Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC) The New Amsterdam Medical Center is an active place. At any second, the ER might have to revive a man whose heart stopped after a basketball game with the friendly but convention-defying hospital director, while at the same time its staff is sleuthing out the cause of a child’s illness, grappling…

(Tek Image/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Many people know treating high blood pressure reduces the odds of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. A new study suggests another added benefit: a lower risk of lesions in the brain that increase the chances of dementia, stroke and falls in older adults. The study, published Monday…

(Andrzej Wojcicki/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Fluctuating blood pressure may be associated with worsening dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. The study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension sought to add a new understanding about the links between Alzheimer’s, the heart and blood vessels. Past research shows blood pressure…

(Caiaimage/Tom Merton, Getty Images) Checking blood pressure at home or elsewhere outside a doctor’s office could help predict a certain heart problem among black adults better than the same check done during a medical visit, new research suggests. The study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension sought to shed new light on…

(Westend61, Getty Images) Incorporating pumpkin pulp or seeds into a healthy diet may help reduce blood pressure levels, according to a new study using rats. The research, presented Thursday at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, compared the effect of a control diet to one that contained pumpkin pulp or…

(PeopleImages/E+, Getty Images) Here’s a reason to warm up to the idea of hot yoga: It could possibly help lower blood pressure, a small study suggests. Regular, room-temperature yoga has been shown to have a positive effect on blood pressure. But researchers at Texas State University in San Marcos said little was known about hot…

(mikkelwilliam, Getty Images) Smile! Your phone’s camera might someday be able to check your blood pressure. A new study shows accurate readings can be captured from short videos using smartphone-based software that detects blood flow changes in faces. Don’t rush to the app store just yet. Issues remain to be worked out, such as testing…