New Procedure Lowers Blood Pressure Without Medication

New Procedure Lowers Blood Pressure Without Medication

November 6, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


NEARLY ONE IN FOUR ADULTS IN THE U.S. HAVE
HYPERTENSION OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT’S CALLED THE SILENT KILLER AND IF LEFT
UNTREATED CAN LEAD TO HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. MEDICATION DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK, THAT’S WHY
SCRIPPS CLINIC IN LA JOLLA IS DOING A CLINICAL TRIAL ON A NEW PROCEDURE THAT JOLTS THE KIDNEYS
INTO CONTROLLING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. EIGHTY ONE YEAR OLD VIVIAN WORKS OUT AT THE
SCRIPGZ SCRIPPS HEALTH CARDIAC GYM TO TRY AND LOWER HER BLOOD PRESSURE.
>>>>: WHEN I FIRST CAME IN THE DOOR, THE FIRST THING I DO IS I HAVE MY BLOOD PRESSURE
TAKEN, AND THEN AT THE VERY END OF MY TWO HOUR WORK HOUR, I HAVE IT CHECKED AND IT’S
ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT LOWER.>>>>PEGGY: CHANDLER IS ONE IN TEN ADULTS
WHOSE EXTREMELY HIGH PRESSURE DOES NOT RESPOND TO MEDICATION.
IT’S CALLED RESS NT HYPERTENSION. SHE HOPES TO BE IN A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL THE
SCRIPPS CLINIC IN LA JOLLA TO TEST AN EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE.
>>>>: WE’RE FINDING WE CAN LOWER THE BLOOD PRESSURE ON AVERAGE ABOUT 30 POINTS, IT’S
A HUGE IMPACT FROM A SINGLE PROCEDURE.>>>>PEGGY: THE ONE HOUR PROCEDURE IS A LOT
LIKE AN ANGIOGRAM FOR THE HEART. KIDNEYS ARE CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT
ORGAN IN BLOOD PRESSURE REGULATION.>>>>: THE KIDNEYS ACTUALLY PLAY A CENTRAL
ROLE IN THE CONTROL OF BLOOD PRESSURE, IN PART BECAUSE IT CONTROLS VOLUME, IN PART BECAUSE
IT PRODUCES HORMONES THAT CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE AND IN PART BECAUSE IT SENDS SIGNALS TO THE
BRAIN THAT THEN SENDS SIGNALS TO THE REST OF THE BODY TO INCREASE BLOOD PRESSURE.
>>>>PEGGY: CHANDLER SAYS LOWERING HER BLOOD PRESSURE IS ONE MORE STEP IN REACHING HER
ULTIMATE GOAL ALONG AND HEALTHY LIFE.>>>>: I’M TRYING TO SHOOT FOR 120, 81 TO
120 IS MY GOAL.>>>>PEGGY: LET’S HOPE SHE MAKES IT T.THE
MAKER OF THE DEVICE IS SPONSORING THE STUDY, MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLOOD PRESSURE
CLINICAL TRIAL IN SAN DIEGO IS ON OUR WEBSITE, KPBS.ORG.