Researchers Use Cigarette Smoking Behavior to Identify Genes that Regulate Blood Pressure
Published:08 Mar.2018    Source:National Institutes of Health
Using a technique that is opening the door to more complex analyses of the human genome, researchers have identified dozens of new genetic variations that affect blood pressure. Scientists discovered the new genetic regions — and confirmed the role of many previously known ones — by looking specifically at cigarette smoking behavior, one of many lifestyle factors that impact blood pressure.
The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, appears in the March 1 issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. Its findings, the researchers say, could eventually lead to the development of individually targeted treatments to manage hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide, and managing it is a major public health priority.