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Clinical Trial Tests New Way To Treat Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

June 12, 2018 - 4:31 pm
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SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - If you have high blood pressure, and diet and medication aren't getting it under control, you may want to be part of a new study at Acension Providence Hospital. 

The hospital, which is located in Southfield, is researching a new way to treat uncontrolled high blood pressure by targeting the nerves that lead to and from the kidney.

“More than 70 million Americans are living with high blood pressure. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular death," said cardiologist, Shukri David, M.D., the co-principal of the study, along with Ascension Providence nephrologist, Dr. Susan Steigerwalt. “It’s a disease that dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure.” 

The procedure, Dr. David, is done through a catheter in the groin.

"We're now able to isolate these nerves and actually kill them using radiofrequency ablation," he told WWJ Health reported Dr. Deanna Lites -- and the results have been encouraging.

"We're seeing a drop of 10 millimeters of mercury in the upper number, which is the systolic blood pressure, and about 8 to 10 in the diastolic blood pressure," Dr. David said. "Which basically translates to about a 15 percent drop in overall death rate from complications from hypertension."

The clinical trial will enroll more than 400 patients at 50 sites in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. In addition to Ascension Providence, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital is also taking part.

Those interested in more information about the trial should call 248-849-3369.