Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure

Xiaoling Wang, Harold Snieder

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Abstract

A number of family studies in the 1960s and 1970s showed that a familial tendency to high (or low) blood pressure is established early in life. However, it remained unclear whether shared genes or shared environment caused the blood pressure aggregation within families. Classically, special study designs such as adoption or twin studies are necessary to effectively discriminate genetic from shared environmental influences. Furthermore, estimates of the relative influence of genetic and environmental factors derived from cross-sectional studies do not provide information on underlying genetic and environmental sources of continuity and change in the development of (high) blood pressure from childhood onward. The aim of the current chapter, therefore, is to review the available literature of genetically informative epidemiologic studies to address two issues: the potential causes of familial aggregation of blood pressure and the age dependency of genetic or environmental sources of blood pressure variation (and covariation) within and between families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Hypertension
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages159-176
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319311074
ISBN (Print)9783319311067
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Blood Pressure
Twin Studies
Hypotension
Epidemiologic Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hypertension
Genes

Keywords

  • Age dependency
  • Family environment
  • Family study
  • Heritability
  • Twin study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Wang, X., & Snieder, H. (2018). Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure. In Pediatric Hypertension (pp. 159-176). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31107-4_14

Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure. / Wang, Xiaoling; Snieder, Harold.

Pediatric Hypertension. Springer International Publishing, 2018. p. 159-176.

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Wang, X & Snieder, H 2018, Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure. in Pediatric Hypertension. Springer International Publishing, pp. 159-176. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31107-4_14
Wang X, Snieder H. Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure. In Pediatric Hypertension. Springer International Publishing. 2018. p. 159-176 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31107-4_14
Wang, Xiaoling ; Snieder, Harold. / Heritability and familial aggregation of blood pressure. Pediatric Hypertension. Springer International Publishing, 2018. pp. 159-176
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