Groundbreaking Blood Pressure Study Could Save Thousands Of Lives
DEADLY GENES IDENTIFIED
A revolutionary scientific breakthrough could help doctors prevent thousands of strokes and heart attacks every year.
Researchers at Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London conducted a groundbreaking blood pressure study on over 1 million people and found 535 new genetic traits linked to high blood pressure. The findings were recently published in Nature Genetics.
While researchers knew the risks posed by an unhealthy lifestyle, the role genes played was something of a mystery until now.
Experts can now accurately identify nearly one-third of all inherited blood pressure traits. The study compared those with the highest genetic risk of high blood pressure to those with the lowest risk.
What they found was truly astounding. Those most at risk for high blood pressure were over 3 times as likely to develop hypertension while also nearly 2 times as liable to suffer from other poor cardiovascular diseases when compared to their low-risk counterparts.
EARLY DETECTION AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Knowing exactly what genes to look for in diagnosing a patient’s future risk for high blood pressure is a game changer.
This will allow doctors to accurately prescribe medication and necessary lifestyle changes before it’s too late. Doctors recommend patients in the high-risk category exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and reduce their alcohol consumption.
By understanding exactly how the body reacts to high blood pressure, researchers will be better equipped to develop future drugs to combat this deadly disease.
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1,000 people in the United States die each day from life-threatening complications due to high blood pressure. This includes strokes, heart attacks, dementia and even kidney disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, almost half of those with undiagnosed hypertension die of heart disease while a third die from stroke.