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Think fast – name the organ MOST vital to controlling blood pressure. Ask around, and you’ll hear many people answer automatically, “The heart.”

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While the heart is the master pump in the body, it’s the humble kidney that is the most important to regulating blood pressure. The nerves leading into and out of the kidney are called the renal nerves and play a central role in the sympathetic nervous system, the body’s “fight or flight” response that can increase heart rate and blood pressure. High blood pressure — too much force exerted by blood as it moves against vessel walls– is the leading risk factor for premature death worldwide.

Unhealthy lifestyles, disease and unlucky genetics are contributors to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Modifying lifestyles, treating underlying diseases and targeting it directly with medications are the primary methods for lowering high blood pressure.

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But a promising trial at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County is testing renal denervation in treating hypertension. It applies ultrasound energy to the renal nerves to calm them down, possibly permanently. The procedure could offer new hope to treatment-resistant hypertension patients.

Deborah is screening candidates now for this clinical trial. You can find more information at DemandDeborah.org or by calling 1-800-555-1990.

KYW’s Rasa Kaye talks with Dr. Kintur Sanghvi about hypertension, renal denervation, and the intriguing trial at Deborah.

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