Doctors Zap High Blood Pressures With Radio Waves: Procedure Could Be Permanent Cure

A radical therapy that zaps the kidneys with radio waves could be used to bring down high pressure

Jenny Hope
The Daily Mail

A radical therapy that zaps the kidneys with radio waves could provide a permanent cure for high blood pressure, research shows. The procedure may be available on the NHS as early as next year after trials showed it produced dramatic improvements in the condition. The breakthrough could bring hope to the thousands of patients who do not respond to drugs.

Around 16 million Britons have high blood pressure (ed. and an estimated 68 million Americans! credit: CDC.gov) – a third of whom don’t know they do – and the condition is a risk factor in heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

Changes in lifestyle, such as cutting back on salt and alcohol and exercising, can control blood pressure and there are a number of drug treatments available.

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