20 October 2022
New research led from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences has shown that, overall, the average salt content of food products sold at supermarkets has not changed between 2015 and 2020. The results also showed that for certain products (ready meals, pizzas and soups) the volume of salt sold increased during this time.
Night-time blood pressure assessment is important in diagnosing hypertension and preventing cardiovascular disease, study reveals
22 September 2022
Around 15% of people aged 40-75 may have a form of undiagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension) that occurs only at night-time. Because they do not know about this, and therefore are not being treated for it, they are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease such as stroke, heart failure, and even death, suggests new research from the University of Oxford.
16 December 2021
Led by the University of Oxford, a team of UK-based researchers have today reported results of the largest ever study to compare the risks of cardiovascular events, such as myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiac arrhythmia, between different vaccines and COVID-19 infection, and the first to investigate the association between cardiac events and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
8 October 2021
Daily meat consumption in the UK has decreased by approximately 17.4g per person per day – just under a 17% reduction – in the last decade finds new research from the University of Oxford. Between 2008/09 and 2018/19 people in the UK reduced both the amount of red and processed meat they eat, while slightly increasing their white meat consumption. Yet, this reduction is significantly less than the 30% reduction the National Food Strategy has recently called for within the next ten years.
Benefit-to-harm balance of statins for healthy adults "generally favourable", suggests Oxford-led research
15 July 2021
Statins are associated with a small increased risk of side effects in patients without a history of heart disease, but these effects are mild compared with the potential benefits of treatment in preventing major cardiovascular events, finds a study led by Oxford University researchers.
Foods associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age identified
22 April 2021
Two common dietary patterns identified in British adults, which include high intakes of chocolate and confectionary, may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine by Oxford University researchers.
Risk of severe COVID-19 from asthma and other respiratory diseases may be only modestly increased, new analysis suggests
1 April 2021
People with asthma have only a modestly increased risk of developing severe Covid-19 and requiring admission to hospital from the illness, finds an analysis of 8.3 million electronic health care records in England led by University of Oxford researchers.
10 February 2021
While treatment for high blood pressure is not associated with falls, there is some evidence to suggest patients who take blood pressure lowering medications may be more likely to faint or suffer kidney problems which lead to hospital admission, finds a study led by University of Oxford researchers.
20 January 2021
At-home blood pressure monitoring using a web-based system offering personalised support and linked to a remote healthcare professional can result in better hypertension management than face-to-face consultations, finds a study led by University of Oxford, Bristol and Southampton researchers.
4 January 2021
Robust evidence from a large international study confirms that a difference in blood pressure readings between arms is linked to greater risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
30 September 2020
Women tend to be diagnosed with heart failure five years older than men, but have a better prognosis, finds research published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.
11 February 2020
More than 18 percent of over 60's have chronic kidney disease (CKD), around 44 percent of whom are undiagnosed without screening, finds a study led by Oxford University researchers.
26 June 2019
Preventing weight gain could be an important strategy in reducing the global burden of atrial fibrillation, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of Oxford published in the journal, Heart. Nick Jones, study author, explains the findings.
14 February 2019
Research led by Dr Clare Taylor and Professor Richard Hobbs finds that survival after a diagnosis of heart failure in the United Kingdom has shown only modest improvement in the 21st century and lags behind other serious conditions, such as cancer, in a large study published by The BMJ today.
9 November 2018
A new systematic review from researchers at the University of Oxford has found limited evidence of any benefit for heart failure patients who follow a low-salt diet, despite many international guidelines recommending this.
29 October 2018
The largest study of people with mild hypertension shows that medical treatment may not be worthwhile in those who are at low risk of heart attack and stroke.