The goal of the study is to help patients to make an informed choice when deciding on a type of dialysis. If you decide to participate, you will receive a $25.00 gift card as a sign of appreciation for your time.
Thanks to the National Kidney Foundation for publicizing this study.
Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on their way to developing hypertension well before the so-called silent killer shows up on a blood pressure machine.
Results of the federally funded study, led by Johns Hopkins investigators, found that people with subtle elevations in cardiac troponin T — at levels well below the ranges detectable on the standard version of this “heart attack” test — were more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension within a few years.