Researchers Find 500 New Genes That Affect High Blood Pressure

Another new and original article for our beloved Regency readers and family, in honor of Heart Health month!

The American Heart Association estimates that more than 100 million people in the United States suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). As we get older, our blood vessels lose elasticity, meaning that the risk of hypertension increases as we age.

Worldwide, high blood pressure is the leading cause of cardiovascular death. Moreover, between 2005 and 2015 the number of deaths due to high blood pressure increased by nearly 40%. In other words, the incidence of hypertension, already at epidemic levels, is increasing rapidly.

There are a number of risk factors for high blood pressure that can be influenced by our behavior. Those risk factors are diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, and stress.

However, there are a number of risk factors that we cannot change — they are embedded in our genes. Recently, a team of scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College, London completed a comprehensive study of the genetic data of more than 1 million people, and found more than 500 new genetic regions linked with high blood pressure.

According to Professor Caulfield, one of the authors of the study, “This is the most important advance in blood pressure genetics to date.” We now know that there are more than 1000 genetic markers which influence our blood pressure. This provides many new insights into the way our bodies regulate blood pressure. As result, it will also provide many new opportunities for the development of targeted drugs.

By calculating a person’s genetic risk for high blood pressure as they age, based on the multiple genetic markers we are now aware of, we could hopefully create a much more precise approach to helping those at high risk for hypertension.

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About Judah Gutwein, L.N.H.A.

As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, with additional years of experience as an Admissions and Marketing Director, I am intimately familiar with the challenges of building and maintaining a vibrant census in nursing and rehab facilities. Regency Nursing Centers has a well deserved reputation for excellence in healthcare and I'm extremely proud of our achievements! Thanks for reading our Regency Blog!
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