(Radachynskyi/iStock, Getty Images) A test that measures blood flow changes in the brain shows people with high blood pressure are more likely to experience poorer communication between brain regions than those with normal blood pressure, according to a small study. The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, also found those with…

(MaximFesenko/iStock, Getty Images) People with diabetes who have eight or more alcoholic drinks a week could increase their odds of high blood pressure by at least 62%, according to a new study. Researchers used data from a one-time questionnaire to examine the relationship between alcohol consumption and blood pressure in more than 10,000 adults with…

(mixetto/E+, Getty Images) People taking part in a pharmacist-led telemonitoring program to control high blood pressure had about half as many cardiovascular events as those monitored through routine office visits, according to a new study. The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, used data from 450 people with uncontrolled high blood…

(Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Certain medications that lower blood pressure also might lower the risk of depression, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.7 million adults in Denmark who took any of the 41 most commonly prescribed high blood pressure medications, including 37 medicines approved for use in the…

(Chinnapong/iStock, Getty Images) Having high blood pressure for long periods may increase the chance of small vessel damage in the brain, which has been linked to dementia and stroke, according to a new study. Scientists have long known high blood pressure, also called hypertension, can lead to stroke, and past studies also have connected it…

(Hiroshi Watanabe/Stone, Getty Images) Medications commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure also could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed health records of 187,897 adults in Hong Kong from 2005 to 2013. Those who took medicines that block angiotensin, a chemical that causes arteries to narrow, had a…

(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…