Researchers Uncover Genetic Variants Linked to Blood Pressure in African-Americans – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have recently discovered five gene variants related to blood pressure in African-Americans. Dr. Charles Rotimi is with the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Rotimi: We’re able to pick out several genes or even information, what we call markers, near some genes, that we think are very promising in terms of our ability to understand hypertension and even to treat it.
Narrator: Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major problem in African Americans affecting close to 40 percent of that population. Dr. Rotimi says the findings may provide new clues to treating and preventing hypertension. For more information, visit www.genome.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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