Study: Gene may predict response to hypertension drugs

01/22/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A U.S. study found that hypertensive patients with a common subtype of the NPPA gene are more likely to respond better to a calcium channel blocker than to a diuretic. The finding indicates that genetic makeup may affect a patient's reaction to hypertension drugs and may eventually assist providers in finding the right treatment for an individual, the researchers said.

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