Building on the past - Challenging the future: Will genomics provide the solution to hypertension? Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Hypertension is one of the major common polygenic and multifactorial diseases, and continues to constitute a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying hypertension have not been elucidated, which significantly limits our ability to treat and prevent hypertension. A frequently asked question is whether genomics will provide the solution to the many remaining unanswered questions as to the causes of hypertension. Genomics, an art by its own virtue, holds its promises, yet the questions we are asking of genomics must be well defined for genomics to meet at least some of our expectations. The hopes and promises of genomics are high and one of the major hopes is that genomics will improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of hypertension and enable us to classify hypertensive syndromes more succinctly and enhance our ability to provide patients with specific anti-hypertensive therapy as well as predict outcome. There is still much to be done but perseverance in the task and a firm belief in genomics and in the immense potential of the human genome is essential.

publication date

  • October 12, 2005