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Hypertension research is 'evolving'

Hypertension research is 'evolving'
13th May 2009

Blood pressure is something which affects many people in the UK receiving home care, though research into the subject is currently limited, according to a leading health organisation.

The British Hypertension Society explained that up until recently, scientists knew very little about how genes contribute to high blood pressure, though a new piece presented by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London has raised hope for sufferers.

It was understood by the team that high blood pressure now affects a smaller percentage of elderly women, dropping from 73 per cent of 65 to 74-year-olds to 66 per cent between 1998 and 2006.

Furthermore, eight genes were discovered which are known to influence high blood pressure, which the British Hypertension Society said shows hope for the future.

It added: "There is a lot of basic and clinical research being undertaken investigating the causes of high blood pressure and its management. These new findings [will] open up new avenues for research in this area."

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