Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions – You Should Have Been There

Just as promised, the Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions (Hypertension18) was indeed among the most impactful meetings one could have attended. Council on Hypertension Scientific Sessions Planning Committee Vice Chair Dr. Karen Griffin, FAHA was accurate in her statement that it would be “the premier scientific meeting.” There were experts from all parts of the … Read more

Lipopolysaccharide, TLR4 and Obesity: How They Relate

In my previous blog posts, I started to discuss the importance of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and how it contributes to aortic aneurysms and how microbiota-derived lipopolysaccharide (LPS) can activate the whole signaling pathway. In today’s post, I thought to discuss the TLR4 pathway, in far more details and how it contributes to obesity and … Read more

A Gateway To Better Health With Bariatric Surgery

This year’s AHA Scientific Sessions has already provided the medical community with a number of excellent studies. The “GATEWAY” trial addresses the role of bariatric surgery and its effect on hypertension.1 Patients with morbid obesity are well known to be at risk for a litany of cardiorespiratory complications such as hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, atrial … Read more