WEEKLY UPDATE: August 30, 2019
SUMMARY: Identification of 32 novel genetic variants associated with high blood pressure.
DESCRIPTION: High blood pressure contributes to many diseases, especially cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Genetic factors are thought to play a role in determining a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure. This genome-wide association study examined over 140,000 individuals of European ancestry to identify genetic variants associated with high blood pressure. The study identified 107 variants, of which 32 were novel. Most of these genetic variants were in or near genes that are active in vascular tissues.
DID YOU KNOW? Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, as well as reducing sodium and caffeine intake can help prevent high blood pressure. [SOURCE]
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