The Welch Center’s Larry Appel, MD, MPH, is the lead author of an article published in the September 2, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that reports an important finding in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. The study, titled “Intensive Blood-Pressure Control in Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease” found that some African Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease can benefit from aggressive treatment to lower mildly elevated blood pressure even below currently recommend levels.
The authors’ research observed that the sicker patients, those with protein in their urine, were helped the most by control of hypertension, suggesting that physicians could use the protein level in patients’ urine as a factor in setting a blood pressure goal for each individual. Other Welch Center faculty members who coauthored the study were Edgar Miller, M.D., Ph.D., and Brad Astor, Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Office has issued a press release on the article titled "Blood Pressure-Lowering Diet May Also Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Especially in African Americans." To read either the press release or the full article, click on it's title, above.