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Nerve Block Treatment May Ease Stubborn High Blood Pressure
Date:3/29/2011

blood pressure reduction "really unbelievable," and hopes the treatment could decrease the risk of cardiovascular and kidney problems arising from high blood pressure.

When promising research such as this is reported, "we think it's a shoe that's going to fit every foot, but we know we always have to be cautious and there may be some pitfalls. I think this is extremely visionary and . . . groundbreaking," Cohen said.

Because the study is to be presented at a medical meeting, it should be considered preliminary until it is published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has more information about high blood pressure.

SOURCES: Marc Sapoval, M.D., Ph.D., professor, clinical radiology, and chair, cardiovascular radiology department, Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou, Paris, France; Kirk Garratt, M.D., clinical director, interventional cardiovascular research, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Barry Cohen, M.D., medical director, catheter lab, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J.


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