High Blood Pressure? You Might Be Missing Key Cells
Scientists find cluster of cells that affect blood pressure
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 12:16 PM CST

(Newser) – If you have high blood pressure, you've probably always blamed it on those few extra pounds or all that bacon you indulge in—but a new study finds that hypertension may not be completely under your control. Scientists in Sweden discovered a group of nerve cells in the brains of mice that affect blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular activity—and can cause problems if they're missing, LiveScience reports.

Of course, the extra weight and the bacon are still factors, but if the same cell cluster exists in humans, researchers think it could lead to a new way of treating high blood pressure and other heart problems. Basically, the cells reside in part of the brain that helps regulate involuntary functions including blood pressure, and mice with thyroid hormone problems are missing the cells, which leads to high blood pressure and other problems. The next step: Scientists need to find out whether humans have the same cells.

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Jan 16, 2013 7:47 PM CST
Its amazing how HBP is in my family line on both sides. I didn't have it in high school when I was at a perfect weight for my height. I also played sports. Then I did the freshman 15 and it was not until I got a grant to take flight lessons that I noticed a problem. Maybe I had it all along except the doctors always passed me for sports. So at age 25, I was put on aldomet. It made my arms numb so I stopped taking it and didn't even think twice about it until I was age 40. A doctor then put me on some meds and once again I had the numbness in the arms and legs. I stopped again and now at age 50 I'm in a medical program that experiments with drugs that won't make me numb, especially at night. My grandmother lived to 98 and she was taking 3 HBP meds a day. Grandpa died of Alzheimer's so that's not a good measure. The other grandparents died of cancer or a car crash so I don't have good data on them but their parents lived into their late 90's. Mom is 80 and she takes 3 BP meds. So I guess I could benefit from this research if they can find what is missing.
Jan 16, 2013 5:36 PM CST
Now you see why basic research and studying rats is a good idea
Jan 16, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Sounds cheesy to me.