Plasma brain natriuretic peptide levels and blood pressure tracking in the Framingham Heart Study.

@article{Freitag2003PlasmaBN,
  title={Plasma brain natriuretic peptide levels and blood pressure tracking in the Framingham Heart Study.},
  author={Michael H Freitag and Martin G. Larson and Daniel L{\'e}vy and Emelia J Benjamin and Thomas J. Wang and Eric P. Leip and Peter W. F. Wilson and Ramachandran S. Vasan},
  journal={Hypertension},
  year={2003},
  volume={41 4},
  pages={
          978-83
        }
}
Increased brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) expression in the ventricles antedates elevated blood pressure (BP) in experimental studies. We hypothesized that higher plasma BNP levels in nonhypertensive individuals may be associated with a greater likelihood of future BP increase and/or hypertension. We evaluated the relations of plasma BNP to longitudinal BP tracking and incidence of hypertension in 1801 nonhypertensive Framingham Heart Study participants (mean age, 56 years; 57% women) by using… CONTINUE READING

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