New way to treat high blood pressure: renal denervation

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common health problem that could potentially lead to severe health conditions such as heart disease, kidney issues, and stroke.

It’s usually managed by lifestyle modifications and medications. However, for some people, these standard treatments might not effectively lower their blood pressure.

Introduction to Renal Denervation

In response to this problem, a new procedure called renal denervation has been developed. This technique uses a small balloon to transmit ultrasound energy to the kidney’s main blood vessel.

It is performed under the skin, similarly to the process of placing a stent. Renal denervation is designed to disrupt the nerve supply to the kidney, thus reducing the overactivity of kidney nerves.

Findings from a Clinical Study

A clinical study involving 224 individuals with uncontrolled high blood pressure showed promising results.

The research demonstrated that renal denervation, either alone or combined with medication, effectively treated high blood pressure.

This novel procedure thus presents a promising alternative to traditional hypertension medication.

How Renal Denervation Works

The renal denervation procedure employs a small, flexible catheter that is inserted through a minor puncture in the wrist or groin.

This catheter is positioned in the artery supplying the kidney. Then, either radiofrequency or ultrasound energy is transmitted to the tissue surrounding the artery for a few seconds.

This process helps to lower the nerve activity, leading to a decrease in blood pressure.

Earlier Findings and Future Directions

An earlier study had already shown that renal denervation could lower blood pressure in people with mild to moderate and resistant hypertension.

This new, larger study builds on these findings, providing further evidence that renal denervation can successfully lower blood pressure in people with uncontrolled hypertension.

In conclusion, renal denervation presents a minimally invasive alternative to hypertension medications.

This procedure can be performed using a small balloon to interrupt the nerve supply to the kidney, thus reducing blood pressure.

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This study was conducted by Michel Azizi and his team and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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