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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 

Brain cited as cause of hypertension

‘The brain, not the heart, is responsible for high blood pressure, a study by British researchers says.

The researchers said hypertension, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage, was an inflammatory vascular disease of the brain rather than the heart.

They discovered that a protein in the brain, JAM-1, trapped white blood cells, which can cause inflammation and obstruct blood flow.

Professor Julian Paton, of Bristol University, said the findings could lead to new ways of treating hypertension.’




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