Year in Review

Hypertension in 2017: Novel mechanisms of hypertension and vascular dysfunction

New findings in 2017 enhanced our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate blood pressure. Key studies provided insights into immune mechanisms, the role of the gut microbiota, the adverse effects of perivascular fat and inflammation on the vasculature, and the contribution of rare variants in renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system genes to salt sensitivity.

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The work of the author was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) First Pilot Foundation Grant 143348 and a tier 1 Canada Research Chair on Hypertension and Vascular Research by the Canada Research Chair CIHR/Government of Canada Program.

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  1. Hypertension and Vascular Research Unit, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and Department of Medicine, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 3755 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montréal, Québec H3T 1E2, Canada.

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