In the brain: blood pressure control

Blood pressure assessment

Scientists have previously struggled to pin-point the exact causes of high blood pressure, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the brain plays an important role.

We've awarded the University of Bristol £900,000 to investigate the link between blood pressure and the mind.

The science

Around 12 million people in the UK are diagnosed with high blood pressure which increases their risk of developing coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke.

We know that signals in the brain can affect the network of blood vessels that make up our circulatory system, but we're not yet sure how this links to high blood pressure.

We have awarded over £900,000 to Professor Julian Paton at the University of Bristol to study a theory about this link between blood pressure and the brain. So far their studies have suggested that when blood is struggling to move through the brain as it should, blood pressure goes up throughout the whole body.

How this could help heart patients

This research could help us find new ways to lower blood pressure by using drugs to improve blood flow through the brain. Professor Paton’s trailblazing work could lead to new, more effective treatments to tackle high blood pressure in the future, as well as bringing us closer to a full understanding of this condition.

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