Car­diac trial to start next year

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A new car­diac pro­ce­dure for peo­ple with re­sis­tant high blood pres­sure will be tri­alled in Auck­land next year.

The $1.2 mil­lion two-year trial will in­volve hun­dreds of peo­ple from Auck­land, Waikato and Christchurch whose blood pres­sure re­mains high even when on blood pres­sure- low­er­ing medicines. It in­volves a half-hour pro­ce­dure called re­nal den­er­va­tion which ‘‘zaps’’ the nerves to the kid­ney to re­duce blood pres­sure.

‘‘While this new treat­ment is still in its very early stages, it shows con­sid­er­able prom­ise for low­er­ing blood pres­sure and in turn low­er­ing the risk of heart at­tacks, heart disease and stroke,’’ Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall says.

The trial is be­ing led by Univer­sity of Auck­land Heart Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor Robert Doughty.

It is sup­ported by the Car­diac So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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