Cheap blood test could lead to high blood pressure cure

ISLAMABAD: A simple blood test could prevent thousands from living with high blood pressure problems, scientists have claimed.

A study undertaken by Cambridge University found that at least 10 per cent of the 16 million people who suffer with high blood pressure could be cured if diagnosed early.

It focused on a specific form of the condition caused by tiny, benign tumours of the adrenal gland, a hormone-producing gland that sits on top of the kidney, the Daily Mail reported.

The British Heart Foundation described the research as “an exciting development” but said it would be dependent upon early diagnosis.

The operation is most successful for those under the age of 40.  However, the belief that the tumours are extremely rare means that the procedure is only carried out around 300 times a year.

Professor Morris Brown, a member of the research team and an honorary consultant physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, said the number who could benefit could be around 30 times higher and called for men and women in their 20s and 30s with high blood pressure to be given the blood test.

“Most people have their blood pressure tested, even at that young age, have their blood pressure measured at least once every five years,” he said.