The annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension presented several conclusions about the risk factors and blood pressure benefit.

The 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, completed on May 18, ended with dozens of submissions, for which significant findings were obtained for the prevention and treatment considered “silent murderer” hypertension, which affects approximately one billion people worldwide.

Increased blood pressure while talking on mobile phone

One investigation found that while talking on cell phone increases blood pressure. During a phone call, the blood pressure readings increased significantly from 121/77 129/82. In the case of the systolic, increased blood pressure was less dramatic in patients who were used to make or receive calls more than 30 per day. While there is no known reason for this, Dr. Crippa, one of the authors of the study speculated two possible reasons: ” The subgroup of patients who were more accustomed to using the phone they were younger, which could show that young people are less likely to be bothered by phone intrusions. Another possibility is that people who make more than 30 calls per day can be reassured by the mobile phone is turned on, and they do not run the risk of missing an opportunity . ”


Sodium intake and hypertension

Another study showed that hypertensive individuals prefer more salt in their food than normotensive individuals (those with normal blood pressure levels). The study conducted with 44 adults of about 70 years was conducted by a team from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Initially, participants received three pieces of bread with varying amounts of salt in each. In this test, 68% of hypertensive and 31% of normotensive patients preferred the bread with higher salt concentration. Fifteen days later, the patients underwent a test with identical flavors, but with the only difference that other seasonings were added to bread salty. In that case, only 14% of hypertensive patients and 0% of normotensive patients preferred the bread with the highest salt content. This not only showed that hypertensive patients prefer a higher salt content, but in general, the use of other flavorings decreases salt preference.

Yoga practice decreases high blood pressure

Yoga can reduce blood pressure: a study on the effects of yoga on hypertension found that can significantly reduce blood pressure. The study conducted in 24 weeks, Debbie L. Cohen and a team from the University of Pennsylvania , showed that people who practice yoga 2 or 3 times a week, had a significant decrease in blood pressure: an average of three points for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, from 133 / 80 to 130/77. Participants who only followed a controlled diet – and did not practice yoga – just had a decrease of one point, from 134/83 to 132/82.

Healthy living and weight control to fight hypertension

Doctors of Primary Health Care (PHC) work for their patients adopt healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of hypertension in adults. This new study was conducted by J. Fang, C. Ayala and F. Loustalot of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The study focused on what percentage of physicians indicated or advised of the six main recommendations of healthy lifestyle for prevention of hypertension: eating a healthy diet (89.4%), reduction of salt intake (89 , 9%), achieve or maintain a healthy weight (90.3%), limit alcohol consumption (69.4%), avoid a sedentary lifestyle (95.1%) and smoking cessation (90.4%). Fifty-six percent of physicians recommended these six habits.

It is noteworthy that the probability of positively recommend lifestyles six physicians increased when APS showed that their own behavior was associated with clinical recommendations to prevent hypertension for their adult patients, such as whether commonly practiced physical activity .