Hype or Hope–New Remedies to Treat High Blood Pressure?

Hype or Hope–New Remedies to Treat High Blood Pressure? Posted on February 18, 2014 by The National Kidney Foundation High blood pressure can commonly be managed and kept under control through a combination of healthy lifestyle and medication. By losing excess weight, cutting down salt, limiting alcohol intake, and exercising regularly, it may be possible to lower your blood pressure. Medications may also be needed and many effective medicines are available to treat high blood pressure. Doctors often recommend a combination of medications to combat hypertension. But sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, high blood pressure can be resistant to treatment. Resistant hypertension, as it is known, continues to be a challenge to physicians.Blood pressure that is difficult to control has led researchers to explore alternative treatment options such as renal denervation. It may sound strange, but renal denervation is a minimally invasive procedure where radiofrequency pulses are applied to arteries in the kidney to disrupt the nerves. The results have been mixed. In one clinical trial, randomized patients with high blood pressure either underwent renal denervation or medical management. The results showed a significant reduction in blood pressure in those that had the procedure versus no change in the control group. This gave hope to m

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