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Liver damage implicated in high blood pressure

Fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a liver disease caused by obesity where the liver tissue is infiltrated with fat, disrupting normal liver enzymes. This alternation in liver enzymes, particularly GGT, has been found to be associated with the development of high blood pressure. NASH has no symptoms, but can be detected via blood tests and ultrasound and can progress to irreversible liver damage, called cirrhosis. Researchers are calling for the condition to be included into the ‘metabolic syndrome’ classification, along with sleep apnea, reflux, insulin insensitivity, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, and dyslipidemia, which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

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About: Liver damage implicated in high blood pressure

Date: 3 November 2005

Source: Science Daily

URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051103080111.htm

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