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Release: January 31, 2001

Men and women are invited to participate in UI hypertension study

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Men and women ages 30 to 75 with hypertension (high blood pressure) are invited to participate in a six-week study at the University of Iowa testing the effects of a medication on blood vessel function.

The study will examine the reaction of the blood vessels when the participant receives the active medication or a placebo (an inactive pill). The active study medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of high blood pressure and is available by prescription. Study investigators hope to gain information that could help prevent some of the complications of hypertension, such as blood vessel and heart damage.

Study participants will be asked to attend four clinic visits and follow a special sodium-controlled diet for three days prior to the second and third clinic visits. Food will be provided. Blood samples and other physiological measurements, such as breathing, pulse and blood pressure, will be taken during clinic visits.

Compensation is available. For more information, call (319) 335-6628 or (800) 348-4692.

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