Study Links Gene To 20% Of High Blood Pressure Cases

December 30, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – A health study conducted on an Amish population of 542 people has linked high blood pressure to a gene known as STK39, a gene that seems to be found in 1 out of 4 Caucasians.

While it isn’t the only component to be blamed, it was found that those who have it have a much higher chance of developing high blood pressure, and has accounted for 20% of white people, both in the Amish population, and beyond as researches expanded their study in include hundreds more in the US and Europe.

While the discovery has many hoping that they will be able to tailor make treatments to suffers, researchers on the project warn the public against using the gene as an excuse, stating that many other factors are involved.

“Hypertension is a very complex condition, with numerous other genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors involved. The STK39 gene is only one important piece of the puzzle,” explained Dr Yen-Pei Christy Chang.


One Response to “Study Links Gene To 20% Of High Blood Pressure Cases”

  1. Harris Thompson on January 24th, 2009 10:41 am

    Thank you, cognitive.

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