High blood pressure is a chronic condition that strongly harms our health.
In 90-95% of people, high blood pressure has no identifiable cause.
Research has shown that it is a risk factor for diseases of the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, and other parts of the body.
It is known that high blood pressure can increase the risks of heart disease and stroke.
Because it has a few signs and symptoms, it is not easy to control the disease.
So why do we develop high blood pressure?
According to a recent study published in Experimental Physiology, high blood pressure may be related to changes in brain activity and blood flow early in life.
The study was conducted on a rat model. Researchers at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia examined rats that had inherited stress-induced arterial hypertension.
These rats develop high blood pressure at 4-6 weeks of age, and the condition is sustained throughout their lifetime.
The researchers compared the high blood pressure rats to control rats that had normal blood pressure.
As the high blood pressure group became older, the team found changes in rates of blood flow in certain arteries.
They also found changes in brain activity, specifically a decrease in the prefrontal cortex and an increase in the hypothalamus.
These changes did not occur in the group of rats with normal blood pressure.
The results show a link between hypertension and changes in brain activity and blood flow.
The researchers suggest that hypertension could be caused by these changes taking place early in life. A clearer understanding of this process could help us prevent this condition.
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