Smokers are at a higher risk of developing hypertension as human body’s buffering system that continuously monitors and maintains a healthy blood pressure may impair due to smoking, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

“The human body has a buffering system that continuously monitors and maintains healthy blood pressure,” said Lawrence Sinoway, director of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “If blood pressure drops, a response called muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) is triggered to bring blood pressure back up to normal levels.”

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