In a recent study doctors found that doing a spit test could help predict someone having a higher blood pressure. Over 535 genes have been connected through a simple spit test showing for over one million people. Researchers at Queen Mary University in London and Imperial College London says that about a third of the risk of high blood pressure is inherited.
Scientists found that people that had a higher genetic score were more likely to develop high blood pressure. They also found that people who had a higher score were 1.5 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Over 8 millions deaths occur each year due to high blood pressure. Of course other factors are lack of exercise, high salt intake and obesity. A recently new drug that targets diabetes could possibly work hand in hand with these new genes. Which could possibly lead to a longer lifetime for these patients. This is a breakthrough discovery for these scientist and creates several new opportunities for future drug developments.