Researchers Uncover Genetic Variants Linked to Blood Pressure in African-Americans – 5
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have found five genetic variants related to blood pressure in African Americans. These findings may provide new clues to treating and preventing hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Researchers analyzed DNA samples from over 1,000 participants in the Howard University Family Study, a multigenerational study of African American families from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. This effort marks the first time that a relatively new research approach, called a genome-wide association study, has focused on blood pressure in an African-American population. The results have left researchers excited about the development of potential therapeutic and prevention strategies. 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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