What is hypertension?
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, affects people of all ages and ethnicities although it is generally associated with middle aged people and older. It gradually becomes higher as we age. High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because there are no apparent symptoms. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked by a physician.
Lifestyle and genealogy are significant contributors to high blood pressure. One can inherit it from parents and grandparents but diet, tobacco use, stress levels, and lack of exercise are the leading causes.
High Blood Pressure is part of the heart disease trifecta which includes high “bad” cholesterol levels (as well as low good cholesterol levels) and diabetes. The tremendous force of blood through your arteries can weaken the arterial walls over time. Left untreated, these weakened areas are then prone to rupture (in the form of heart attack, aneurysm, or stroke), and can contribute to other health conditions such as kidney failure.
Research Studies for Hypertension / High Blood Pressure – What You Can Expect
There are medications on the market today to treat those who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, medications that were first tested by volunteers participating in clinical research studies, volunteers who are people just like you. In order to make new or improved medications available, research studies are ongoing and participants are needed. You may qualify to participate in a high blood pressure clinical trial at a PMG Research location near you.
As a participant in hypertension clinical trials, you may receive financial compensation for your time and travel, quality medical care and low- or no-cost medications, as well as the knowledge that you may be helping people with high blood pressure such as family members and friends.
To see if you may qualify for an upcoming PMG Research trial, you can use our study database to find hypertension research studies available at any of our locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Illinois, or contact PMG Research today to find a study that’s right for you.