How Reliable Are Renin Blood Tests?

Q: Is taking a renin blood test to determine the most effective BP medications reliable?

A: Individualizing treatment for all medical conditions is the latest trend in medicine.  Blood levels of renin, a substance produced by the kidneys, may help predict who will respond best to a certain category of  blood pressure drugs.  However, enough studies have not been done to prove that measuring renin levels results in better control of blood pressure.  To read more about renin levels in high blood pressure, read this article at

Further Reading:
Info on Different BP Meds – DiscoveryHealth



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