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High Blood Pressure Traced Back to a Gene Variant

April 1st, 2009

HyperTensionIt must be with the genes. True enough high blood pressure may be traced back to a gene that serves as framework on how the kidney will process salt. The discovery will help in developing new approaches to treat the condition.

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine traced that people with the common variant of STK39 are prone to have higher blood pressure. Presence of that gene also predisposes one to a full blown hypertension.

The conclusion of the study was made after analyzing the genes of five groups of people from the United States and Europe. One fifth of the subject population had a copy or duplicates of the STK39.

The gene on spotlight is involved in the production of a protein which affects how the kidney processes salt in the human body. How this kidney processes go on play a vital role in one’s blood pressure.

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Genetics, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension