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Acid reflux link to low blood pressure

People with daily acid reflux have lower blood pressure than those who do not, say UK researchers.

Researchers studied more than 4,000 patients taking part in a Helicobacter pylori eradication trial, and measured blood pressure in patients with daily reflux but without heartburn.

Systolic and diastolic blood pressures were about 4 and 2 mmHg lower, respectively, in patients with daily gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms than in those with less frequent or no reflux symptoms.

The researchers from Queen's University Belfast said factors effecting the production of nitric oxide may underpin the association.

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