Researchers Uncover Genetic Variants Linked to Blood Pressure in African-Americans – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major problem in African Americans.
Rotimi: Actually itís a major problem world wide.
Narrator: Dr. Charles Rotimi is a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Rotimi: Over one third of the adult population in the United States has hypertension and that problem is particularly worse for African Americans where close to 40 percent have hypertension. So itís a majo r problem in terms of heart diseases stroke and kidney disease.
Narrator: Dr. Rotimi says a recent effort is a first using a relatively new research approach, called a genome-wide association study, to focus on hypertension in African-Americans. 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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