Nerve zapping treatment to treat hypertension

May 28, 2012 (CHICAGO)

Hypertension or high blood pressure has traditionally been treated with medication.

The new test treatment called renal denervation uses a catheter to burn away overactive nerves near the kidneys that can cause a rise in blood pressure.

Doctors say they are encouraged by early trials. The treatment is being tested on particularly hard to treat cases.

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