Bristol nerve removal doctors get £100,000 grant
Doctors trialling a technique to reduce high blood pressure by removing nerves connecting the kidney to the brain have been awarded a £100,000 grant.
A trial of the technique, called renal denervation, found it significantly reduced blood pressure with few side effects.
It has been developed by University of Bristol scientists and cardiologists at the Bristol Heart Institute.
The money will be used to improve the technique and expand the trial.
A team from the University of Bristol found that in an animal model of hypertension, removing nerves connecting the kidney to the brain reduced blood pressure and improved its long-term stability.
Cardiologists at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) adopted the technique to remove nerves to the kidney in patients with high blood pressure.
Together they have formed the CardioNomics high blood pressure team and the procedure has now been successfully trialled on 19 patients at the BHI.
High blood pressure affects around one in three people and can cause stroke, heart attacks and kidney failure.