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Volunteers needed for trial to tackle high blood pressure

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: One in three people in the UK will require treatment for high blood pressure at some point in their lives

AIM HY Consortium is running a unique trial to determine the best treatments to lower blood pressure and are looking for volunteers to take part.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is extremely common and is a major cause of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. One in three of the UK population will require treatment for high blood pressure at some point in their lives.

In most people, a healthy lifestyle alone is not enough to control blood pressure, and drug treatment is required. Although a wide variety of drugs are available to treat high blood pressure, choosing the right kind of tablet or combination of tablets is often difficult. The response to treatment depends, in part, on ethnic background and some of the most widely used drugs may not work well in all ethnic groups.

The AIM HY (Ancestry and biological Informative Markers in the stratification of HYpertension) project will provide the evidence for selecting the best drug treatment in the ethnically diverse population of the UK.

For more information and to contact Aim Hy, visit www.aimhy.org.uk or email aim.hyst@nhs.net

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