In a new study, researchers found that specific signaling from the brain can cause high blood pressure.
The research was conducted by a team from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.
It is known that high blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease.
However, the process by which high blood pressure causes heart disease is not completely understood.
In this study, the team found that high blood pressure could be caused by brain signaling. The condition could promote heart disease by altering stem cells with the bone marrow.
They demonstrated how an overactive sympathetic nervous system can lead to increased blood pressure.
The sympathetic nervous system can instruct bone marrow stem cells to produce more white blood cells that clog up blood vessels.
Their finding shows that a form of high blood pressure, often linked to stress, causes changes within the bone marrow leading to increased white blood cells circulating through our vessels.
The team is now exploring the specific molecules involved in the process. This may help explain why some current high blood pressure therapies are ineffective.
The researchers also suggest that managing stress, anxiety, and pain may help control this form of high blood pressure and the effects it has on the body’s bone marrow stem cells.
In addition, people can Keep a healthy weight. Ask your doctor if you need to lose weight.
Be physically active do exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
They can also eat a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy and low in saturated fat and added sugars.
Reducing salt intake and alcohol drinking can help manage blood pressure. Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day; women no more than 1 drink a day.
The lead author of the study is Associate Professor Andrew Murphy.
The study is published in Haematologica.
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