Radical procedure benefits BP patients

A radical $10,000 procedure can deliver sustained blood pressure reductions in hypertensive patients for whom drugs have failed, research finds.

Three years after undergoing catheter ablation of the sympathetic nerve supply to the kidneys, patients’ BP dropped by 35/19mmHg on average, according to data recently presented at a conference.

The one-off procedure takes around 45 minutes, and so far appears safe over the long-term, said Professor Markus Schlaich, head of neurovascular hypertension and kidney disease at the Baker IDI Heart