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The new procedure, called renal sympathetic-nerve ablation, involves inserting a wire into a blood vessel close to the kidneys to burn through nerves which carry signals that stimulate high blood pressure.
It disrupts signals from the brain telling the kidneys to keep blood pressure raised. Initial tests suggest it can be effective within three months.
Anthony Henry, 68, a retired chef from Stratford in East London, became the first person in Britain to have the operation.
Originally posted by bigyin
Seriously though, I just got word today that a friend of mine died suddenly from a brain haemorrage, which may have been caused by HBP. He was maybe 40 years old. Tragic.