New Procedure Lowers Blood Pressure Without Medication


Uploaded by KPBSSanDiego on 22.06.2012

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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.