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New method for treating high blood pressure at the Solingen Clinic
Surgical treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) in Solingen. The so-called “renal denervation” will be offered in the Solingen Clinic as a new treatment for hypertension. With financial support from the clinic's support association, the new procedure was established in Solingen.
Around half of men over 50 in Germany suffer from high blood pressure. Women are affected much less often, but in no way are they protected from illness. Although patients can generally be helped relatively well with the help of medication, they often have to take a whole series of preparations, which in turn can also lead to considerable side effects. In the particularly severe cases, the procedure of renal denervation promises a remedy. Here, sympathetic nerve fibers of the kidneys, which are partly responsible for the development of hypertension, are destroyed. So far, the treatment method is primarily intended for patients whose blood pressure is difficult or difficult to adjust with medication.
Lifestyle changes can counteract high blood pressure For most hypertensive patients, the usual medications work relatively well and, by taking them regularly, allow blood pressure to stabilize. Light forms can even be remedied on the basis of a lifestyle change without taking medication. Hypertension can be counteracted by changing the diet or avoiding unhealthy foods, reducing existing excess weight, sufficient physical activity and reducing personal stress. With severe forms of high blood pressure, however, the success of the medication and lifestyle changes are extremely limited.
Kidneys with a significant influence on blood pressure Doctors speak of hypertension or hypertension from blood pressure values of 140 to 90 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) - the normal values are 120 to 80 mmHg. Particularly severe forms of high blood pressure reach values from 180 to 110 mmHg and more. Blood pressure regulation is subject to extremely complex processes that have not yet been fully explained. However, it is clear that the kidneys have a significant influence on blood pressure. "The kidney sends impulses to the brain, which are responsible for the high blood pressure," explains the kidney specialist (nephrologist) of the Solingen Clinic, Prof. Dr. Peter Heering to the "Rheinische Post" (RP) renal denervation interrupted.
Operation to treat high blood pressure During the operation, the kidney specialist works closely with the cardiologist Professor Dr. Hans Martin Hoffmeister together. In the cardiac catheterization laboratory of the clinic, a special catheter is inserted into the inguinal artery of the hypertension patient via a small incision and advanced to the renal arteries. The tip of the catheter is equipped with electrodes that can be used to obliterate the nerve fibers. The procedure takes about an hour and is usually done under local anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually not required. Renal denervation is used in the Solingen Clinic only for patients who have to take at least four different medicines in parallel in order to regulate their hypertension to some extent. In these particularly difficult cases, the procedure could bring about a lasting improvement in the situation, the experts explained.
Health consequences of hypertension Sustainable regulation of high blood pressure is urgently required, as otherwise there may be significant long-term health impairments. Hypertension is considered one of the key risk factors for all cardiovascular diseases. The heart is overloaded, vascular calcification (arteriosclerosis), kidney and other organ damage are promoted. The risk of a heart attack or stroke increases. In addition, the eyes suffer and in the worst case there is a risk of visual impairment or even blindness. It is particularly critical that high blood pressure usually goes unnoticed for years and only reacts when the first symptoms appear. According to the experts, general complaints such as headache, racing heart or dizziness should also be taken seriously as possible indications of high blood pressure. Furthermore, persistent nervousness and sleep disorders should be assessed as possible side effects of high blood pressure. (fp)
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