Medical trial ‘promising’
A new procedure for people with high blood pressure will be trialled in Auckland next year.
The $1.2 million twoyear trial will involve people who do not respond to blood pressure lowering medicine.
The half-hour procedure called renal denervation uses radio frequency to disrupt the nerves to the kidney and reduce blood pressure.
Health Minister Tony Ryall says the treatment is in its early stages but looks promising.
The trial is led by University of Auckland Heart Foundation Professor Robert Doughty.