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Hypertension may be initiated by an autoimmune response

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease.

Inflammation is thought to promote the development of high blood pressure, though it is not clear what triggers inflammatory pathways in hypertension.

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that an autoimmune response leads to the development of high blood pressure.

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