Experimental Device Fails to Drop Blood Pressure

An experimental device that had shown promise and raised hopes for controlling stubbornly and dangerously high blood pressure is not effective, a new study involving Cleveland Clinic cardiologists and patients shows.   The device, known as the Symplicity System and made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc., is a generator that delivers jolts of radiofrequency energy through … Read More

Renal Treatment Lowers Blood Pressure and Costs

Cleveland Clinic is currently enrolling patients in a trial of a new catheter-based treatment for resistant hypertension called renal denervation. This treatment involves slipping a thin device through the blood vessels to the kidneys to deliver a mild radiofrequency heat that neutralizes certain nerves that are involved in causing hypertension. Hypertension (high blood pressure), of course, is a … Read More

Zapping Hypertension

High blood pressure is a killer.  But there’s a new treatment on the horizon that may lower blood pressure in a whole new way. It’s called renal denervation. You can learn about it in a webchat  January 5, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m.  You’ll also hear about a clinical trial that will be testing … Read More