Researchers Uncover Genetic Clues to Blood Pressure – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. An international research team has identified a number of genetic variants associated with blood pressure. Dr. Daniel Levy, of the Framingham Heart Study and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, says identifying new genes associated with high blood pressure is potentially quite important.
Levy: The results of this study will not change the way doctors are treating people with blood pressure at this time. But it may allow us to find people at high risk for the development of hypertension. And it may also allow us in the future to develop new drugs to prevent or treat high blood pressure.
Narrator: Hypertension causes more than seven million deaths worldwide each year. For details on high blood pressure risks, and more about medical research, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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