Cardiac trial to start next year
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.