Keloid Scars Linked With High Blood Pressure

If you tend to form keloid scars, have your blood pressure checked regularly. People who have a tendency to develop excessive scar tissue when a skin wound heals are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure in the future than those who produce normal amounts of scar tissue.

Keloid scars and hypertension

The link between blood pressure and keloid scar formation is thought to relate to a blood protein, angiotensin II, which is involved in blood pressure control. Researchers recently found that angiotensin II also plays a role in stimulating the production of collagen – a fibrous, structural protein which is the key component of scar tissue.

Quite why some people develop keloids and high blood pressure, while others don’t remains a mystery, but it could be that inherited, slight variations in the gene that codes for angiotensin II production are involved. So, if you have a tendency to develop keloids, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your blood pressure through regular checks by your doctor, or through self-monitoring at home. And if you need treatment for high blood pressure, it may be that a drug which blocks the effects of angiotensin (angiotensin II receptor inhibitors) may work better for you than other antihypertensive medications.

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About Dr Sarah Brewer

QUORA EXPERT - TOP WRITER 2018 Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. Sarah is a registered Medical Doctor, a registered Nutritionist and a registered Nutritional Therapist. She is an award winning author of over 60 popular self-help books and a columnist for Prima magazine.

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