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Researching the Benefits of Lowering Blood Pressure Goals

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May 20, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains that research can help us learn more about the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, and describes a study called SPRINT.


High blood pressure is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. And, did you know that African American adults have a higher risk of high blood pressure and kidney disease?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and over time can lead to serious health problems.

Currently, the NIH is supporting a study called SPRINT. This study is looking at whether lowering blood pressure goals, below those currently recommended, can further reduce the risk of heart and kidney disease and stroke, and halt chronic kidney disease from getting worse. 

Research studies, like SPRINT, help us learn more about the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure.

Talk to your doctor about your blood pressure goals.

For more information on high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and research at NIH, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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