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Avenues and your health -- high blood pressure is staggering in this country one in three Americans about 78 million of us suffer from and I've been out today doctors are revealing more about a promising new treatment doesn't involve any drugs and no pills involved but we decided to talk to cardiologists about this doctor Ken Campbell.
It's with a -- -- an assistant professor medicine.
At the University of North Carolina so private companies putting out a new study to new trials that are -- -- began in the United States doctor Campbell.
Nothing to do with medication what is it what does it have to do it.
So blood pressure kills tons of people in the US today it causes heart disease strokes kidney disease.
A lot of Americans are not adequately treated and as you said one in three have high blood pressure.
In the patients that are not adequately treated we can take a catheter that actually burns the nerves in the kidney artery.
In that can lower blood pressure by thirty polling so why they kidney artery -- hasn't -- do you think I'm actually had -- pressure with your heart.
So blood pressure regulation is very very.
Interest and the kidneys release certain substances and hormones and chemicals that can cause blood pressure to rise or to fall.
We stopped that process -- how exactly -- -- -- that remove those nerves and and is there any sort of you know.
Side effective that that could be damaging -- So it typically is done in patients who are already resistant to two -- more drugs in their blood pressure still terrible.
We take a catheter through the big artery in the leg and go up to the artery in the kidney.
And deploy a basket that has four electrodes on it and we.
-- heat through radio frequency energy to those electrodes.
And that destroys the -- and so how long is the effective that you went summing it stomach this procedure how long -- -- -- in a short procedure.
The procedure itself is -- so there's a protocol involved -- so I would expect this would be a couple hour procedure to.
The job done and so how long the window lasting effect be of of lower blood pressure face and that's.
The data we have now shows that it is lasting more than a year and I think -- clinical trials will be very important to see.
Are -- side effects is there a downside how long might this -- real quick.
I'll question because a lot of folks are on high blood pressure -- medication as a preventative measure.
Not a state maybe they're showing some signs that -- -- have a family history and so sometimes -- on a very young.
How do you think this -- -- trial could affect that folks that are on blood pressure medication.
Just this again as as preventative measure more than something that's really a problem for them in the -- are.
Hope is based on the early -- where we've shown a 27 point lowering of blood pressure is that we may be able to get these patients off some of their medications.
Remember high blood pressures the silent killer it doesn't kill you today doesn't hurt you tomorrow but down the line you can calls really long lasting health effects.
-- that they send you said he has a lot of drug companies.
Paying attention yes -- it's a big business we know that doctor -- great to see you thank you so much for had a nice to.
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