How salt causes hypertensionApril 15th, 2011 - 7:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): A new study tends to comprehend the mechanism behind salt-induced hypertension.
A research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Kent State University has explained the causes of salt induced hypertension emphasizing that salt intake impairs the body’s ability to simultaneously regulate blood pressure and temperature.
The findings suggest that salt intake raises blood pressure by making it harder for the cardiovascular system to simultaneously juggle the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature.
For decades, medical researchers have unsuccessfully tried to understand how salt causes salt-induced high blood pressure.
The answer may lie in the dual role of cardiovascular system, since the cardiovascular system is responsible for maintaining normal blood pressure and also helps control body temperature by conducting heat from the muscles and internal organs to the skin’s surface. Researchers tend to inquire into the dual role of cardio vascular system.
“It appears that salt sensitive individuals maintain core body temperature equilibrium more effectively than salt resistant individuals, but experience increased blood pressure in the process,” said Robert P. Blankfield, clinical professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and a member of the Department of Family Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
“Conversely, salt resistant individuals maintain blood pressure equilibrium more effectively than salt sensitive individuals following salt and water intake, but experience a greater temperature reduction in the process.” he added.
Researchers hope that physicians may one day be able to tell their patients the cause of high blood pressure and may suggest accurate measures to avoid them. (ANI)
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