Heritability and stability of resting blood pressure

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We examined the contribution of genetic and environmental influences to variation in resting systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure in participants from 4 twin studies carried out between 1986 and 2003. A total of 1577 subjects (682 males, 895 females) participated. There were 580 monozygotic twins, 664 dizygotic twins and 333 of their siblings. The 4 studies sampled subjects in different age groups (average age 17, 32, 37, 44 years), allowing for comparison of the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors across the first part of the life span. Blood pressure was assessed under laboratory conditions in 3 studies and by ambulatory monitoring in 1 study. Univariate analyses of SBP and DBP showed significant heritability of blood pressure in all studies (SBP h
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-508
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Cohort Studies

  • Netherlands Twin Register (NTR)


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