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Medical experts have found that certain genes can influence a personís response to their anti-hypertensive medication, encouraging an individual approach to medicating high blood pressure patients. One study found that people with a particular genotype were more responsive to a diuretic than other people, effectively reducing their risk of a heart attack or stroke, while the other study group had no effect. The scientist say that while genes can dictate wether certain population groups will develop hypertension; age, diet, exercize and lifestyle still greatly increase many peopleís risk of developing high blood pressure. Particular genes also affect a personís likelihood of suffering complications of hypertension, such as heart disease, cerebrovascular accidents and kidney disease. By identifying certain genes in a patientís DNA, scientists are hoping to maximize the benefit that specific medications could bring to that patient, making drugs safer and more effective.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EurekAlert
About: Tailor made anti-hypertensive drugs to order
Date: 17 November 2005
Author: Melanie Ross
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