Should inflammatory pathways be targeted for the prevention and treatment of hypertension?
Kunutsor, S. K., & Laukkanen, J. (2019). Should inflammatory pathways be targeted for the prevention and treatment of hypertension?. Heart, 105(9), 665-667. https://doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314625
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Hypertension is the most common modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD)1 and is a leading cause of death globally.2 Hypertension and CVD share common antecedent risk factors which include physical inactivity, obesity and excess alcohol intake.3 Though these established risk factors explain a large proportion of hypertension risk, its pathogenesis is still not fully established as it appears that other additional lifestyle and genetic factors may be involved. There is therefore a need to identify and evaluate putative risk factors that may increase our knowledge of hypertension development, may have causal or predictive relevance, and which will help develop preventive and management strategies.
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