08:36pm Sunday 29 March 2020

Scientists find new blood pressure genes

TestResearchers tracked down more than 20 new genetic ‘signposts’ by comparing the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people. Each signpost points towards a gene that helps control our blood pressure.

Our Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg said:

“The reality is that millions of people in the UK have high blood pressure. It’s a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, so it’s crucial we do everything we can to understand what causes it.

Your genes are only one piece of the puzzle

“Researchers from across the world have now identified some of the genes linked to blood pressure control, which could pave the way for new treatments in the future.

“But your genes are only one piece of the puzzle. You are less likely to have high blood pressure if you stick to a healthy diet, do plenty of exercise, and maintain a healthy weight.”

The findings come from hundreds of research centres worldwide, supported by many research funding bodies. The studies were published in scientific journals Nature and Nature Genetics.

British Heart Foundation

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