Interpreting Test Results
A board certified licensed physician will interpret the Hypogen Test(TM) and provide you with a one page summary of your risk for developing hypertension. A positive test will indicate that you are likely to develop high blood pressure due to your genetic makeup. A negative test indicates that you have a lower probability of developing high blood pressure related diseases. Of course, consuming excess salt, being overweight, and other life style choices you make can cause additional harm to your body and potentially shorten your life expectancy despite a negative Hypogen Test(TM).
Unfortunately, insurance companies to not reimburse for the Hypogen Test at this time. Please contact your insurance company and let them know you would like them to consider covering the cost of the Hypogen Test.
The Hypogen Test may be ordered online using our convenient ordering web site. A sample collection kit will be sent to you through the mail. Using the kit you will take a simple brush rubbing from inside your mouth, place it in a container, and send it back to Hypogen using the pre-paid mailer. You will be assigned an anonymous ID number that will assure your privacy when checking your result.
What is blood pressure?
As blood is pumped through your body, it exerts pressure on the walls of your arteries. The systolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart contracts and the diastolic blood pressure is the pressure that remains in your artery when the heart relaxes.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when the systolic pressure is consistently equalt to or higher than 140 mm Hg, or the diastolic blood pressure is consistently equal to or higher than 90 mm Hg. The best blood pressure to acheive through diet and exercise is less than or equal to 120/70. The term "essential hypertension" means that your high blood pressure has no identifiable cause.
How is blood pressure diagnosed?
Hypertension is typically diagnosed by routine blood pressure monitoring during hospital or doctor office visits. However, these measurements, which are taken with a sphygmomanometer, are highly variable, especially in an office setting. To compensate for this variability, diagnosis of hypertension is only made after elevated blood pressure is noted on two or more different occasions following an initial screening. Ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure monitoring which involves wearing a blood pressure monitoring device 24 hours a day (which costs $200 $300) is sometimes used to evaluate patients with borderline or variable blood pressure. Even so, elevations in pressure are often intermittent early in the course of the disease and can fluctuate widely in response to emotional stress and physical activity. As a result, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of hypertension patients in the U.S. remain undiagnosed. Studies on European and Japanese health systems report similar findings. The best blood pressure reading is obtained when you sit in a quiet room for 45 minutes with your feet flat on the floor, and your arm elevated to the height of your heart. Three readings should be taken at 15, 30 and 45 minutes.
Am I safe if I dont have high blood pressure?
No. Recent research suggests that people who are sensitive to salt in their diet, but who do not exhibit high blood pressure, suffer from the complications of hypertension (e.g., heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease) at the same rates as people with high blood pressure. It is estimated that up to 25% of the population may be salt sensitive, but not hypertensive. The Hypogen Test is the only method widely available to determine whether you are salt sensitive.
How does the Hypogen Test work?
The Hypogen Test analyzes a number of genes in your body that are important for controlling your blood pressure. The Hypogen Test can determine whether or not you have variant genes that may make your body hold on to extra salt, thereby increasing your blood pressure.
How can the Hypogen Test help me?
Following a positive Hypogen Test, you will know that there is an increased chance that your blood pressure will rise into the hypertensive level as you age. In addition, you may be more sensitive to increases in blood pressure after eating salty food.
What can I do to lower my sodium intake?
Lowering salt intake is a good idea for most people and may be life saving for people who are salt sensitive. You can do this not only by reducing the amount of salt you put on your food, but also by becoming familiar with food labels on processed food packages. Around 75 percent of the salt in our diets comes from food that has been processed. Eating a diet high in fiber and fresh food, such as fresh fruits and vegetables can help in lowering your sodium intake. You should also limit total fat in your diet by cutting saturated fat and cholesterol and replacing high fat dairy products with low-fat products. If you would like more help in preparing meals low in sodium follow this link: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/
Who should take the Hypogen test?
Studies have shown that certain ethnic groups have higher incidence rates of hypertension. African Americans, some Caucasian Americans and Japanese people usually have a higher rate of predisposition to hypertension. Because the damage caused by hypertension can be grave and irreversible, all people should be tested for an increased likelihood of getting hypertension at some point in their lives.
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How can I get my Hypogen Test?
It is quick and easy to get your Hypogen test. You can either ask your doctor for the test (and send him/her a link to our web site) or you can call us or email us and we will send you a test in the mail. In either case your doctor can help you with your results by explaining how you can take control of your health and fight hypertension before it is too late.
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How accurate is the Hypogen Test?
The hypogen test is between 70% - 90% accurate, depending on your ethnic background, in determining whether or not you are genetically predisposed to developing hypertension. Other genetic tests for certain types of cancer have only 40% prediction rates.
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What if my test is positive?
If you do not already have hypertension you may only need to modify your lifestyle by getting more exercise and eating foods that are low in sodium and fat, and high in fiber. Researchers have shown that diets low in sodium and fat and high in fiber actually can help you to fight other diseases as well and give you more energy so that you can get the most out of life.
Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to help you control your blood pressure if you have hypertension. However, there are no drugs that can treat salt sensitivity without an accompanying high blood pressure. Thus, diet and exercise is the best remedy for salt sensitivity.
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What is salt sensitivity?
Salt sensitivity means that your blood pressure increases more than 10% after you have eaten a lot of salt. Even though you might have normal blood pressure, you can still have salt sensitivity. People with salt sensitivity can suffer from the same consequences as those people with high blood pressure (stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and heart attacks). It is important to remember that you can have normal blood pressure and still suffer from the consequences of salt sensitivity.
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How do I take the Hypogen Test?
Taking the Hypogen Test is very easy and it doesnt require any invasive procedures. Once you receive your kit, you rub a small brush around in your mouth and then you place this in the container provided to you in the kit. You fill out the required information, mail this along with your sample in the prepaid, preaddressed envelope and shortly there after your doctor will contact you with the results of your Hypogen Test. You should include the cost of your doctor's visit in with the cost of the Hypogen Test(TM) in order to determine the total cost of learning whether you have the genetic predisposition for hypertension and/or salt sensitivity.
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Why should I take the Hypogen Test?
Many people are genetically predispositioned to acquiring hypertension at some point in their lives. The problem with hypertension is that it is the Silent Killer; it has no symptoms and is therefore virtually impossible to detect on your own. Hypertension is the door that opens up to other terrible diseases such as kidney failure, heart disease and in some cases even blindness. By the time that it manifests itself, much of the damage to your vital organs is already done. By taking the Hypogen Test, you gain powerful knowledge that will help you to prevent life threatening illnesses before it is too late.
If hypertension is the "silent killer," then salt sensitivity is the "stealth killer," in that there is no easy way to diagnose salt sensitivity. Fortunately, a positive Hypogen Test(TM) has been linked to people that have salt sensitivity. Thus, it is very important for subjects that have a positive Hypogen Test(TM) that they immediately reduce the salt in their diet.
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What is hypertension?
Hypertension is caused by too much pressure inside your blood vessels. The increased pressure may lead to damage to delicate blood vessels in important organs, such as your eyes, brain, kidney, and heart.
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