High blood pressure? Now they can remove the nerve connecting the kidney to the brain

I like to read about brain-related news because it's such a fascinating and complex enigma. And this new tidbit could save some lives (and/or neurons!) 

Did you know there's now a new technique to reduce blood pressure by removing the nerves that connect the kidney to the brain? It has very few side effects and helps lower the risk of stroke. It's called "renal denervation" and it's performed by inserting a fine tube into the artery that feeds blood to the kidneys. The nerves to the kidney (which are around the artery) are destoryed by high frequency energy coming from the tube.

It also reduces the risk of heart and renal disease. 

This is expected to become a popular technique for people who are resistant and/or have a poor tolerance to blood pressure meds.

Here's the summary of the procedure:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/262774.php

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