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Blood pressure and injury to the heart: new insights based on blood markers

(Oct. 31, 2014) – It is known that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular events including coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure and that treatment of elevated blood pressure may prevent these issues. However, not all individuals with high blood pressure develop cardiovascular events. A consortium of researchers, including some from Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs hospital, report that levels of certain proteins in the blood called troponin T (usually used to diagnose heart attacks) measured with a newer, more sensitive test help identify individuals who have similar blood pressures but different risks for developing heart failure, heart attacks or stroke in the future.

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