(eclipse_images/E+ via Getty Images) Fewer than 30% of older adults who need more intensive treatment for high blood pressure actually get it, new research shows. And the problem may be worsening. Nearly half of U.S. adults – about 116 million people – have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. When not properly controlled, it…

(SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images) Lifestyle changes are known to reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes. A new study that simulated the effect of lifestyle change on future cardiovascular risks for people with high blood pressure suggests one change – adopting a heart-healthy diet – may do more than others. The findings predict…

(RainStar/iStock via Getty Images) Gay and bisexual men and women appear less likely to take prescribed medications for high blood pressure than their straight peers, and the gap has been widening in recent years, according to preliminary new research. “We expected the gap to be narrowing,” said lead study author Syed Hyder, a fourth-year medical…

(kali9/E+ via Getty Images) People with high blood pressure may be at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes if they work frequent night shifts, new research suggests. The higher risk was more pronounced among people who also slept too much or too little when they weren’t working, according to the findings published Monday…

(Zbynek Pospisil/iStock via Getty Images) Taking blood pressure readings from both arms and using the higher reading would more accurately capture who has high blood pressure – and is at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and death – than relying on readings from a single arm, new research suggests. While current recommendations call for using…

(mixetto/E+ via Getty Images) Lea en español Knowing your blood pressure is a basic part of good health. But monitoring it at home can get complicated. “It sounds easy – you buy a device, smack the cuff on your upper arm and push a button, right? It’s not so easy,” said Dr. Daichi Shimbo, co-director…

(Victor Manuel Mulero Ramirez/iStock via Getty Images) Many people with heart failure also have diabetes or high blood pressure. But new research suggests those conditions, even when treated, aren’t well controlled, placing people at risk for worsening heart problems. “We know that controlling hypertension and diabetes is critical for people with heart failure,” said Dr….

(Alla Tsyganova/iStock, Getty Images) For young and middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, a substantial rise upon standing could mean they are at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes or other heart-related problems down the road, new research shows. The study, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, focused on changes in systolic…

(dmphoto/iStock, Getty Images) Using the wrong size cuff can lead to incorrect blood pressure readings and misdiagnosis, according to new research. People with obesity – who need large or extra-large blood pressure cuffs – were at particularly high risk for inaccurate readings if using the wrong cuff size. The findings, considered preliminary until the full…

(Deepak Sethi/iStock, Getty Images) Gay men and bisexual women may have higher rates of high blood pressure than their heterosexual counterparts, according to new research. The study analyzed self-reported data from 424,255 participants, including 1.8% who were gay or lesbian and 2.3% who were bisexual. After adjusting for demographics, insurance, body mass index and smoking…