Doctors at the Queen Mary University of London, Barts Hospital, and Cambridge University Hospital have undertaken research and found that a new kind of ten-minute CT scan can enable the detection and treatment of one of the most common causes of hypertension.
The causes of hypertension, in most cases, are unknown. This condition requires treatment with medication. However, in 5-10% of people, the culprit of hypertension is a gene mutation in the adrenal glands that leads to excessive production of aldosterone. It increases blood pressure by retaining salts in the body. Such patients show resistance to commonly used medications. It increases their risk of heart attack or stroke.