In an article that will be published in the Chicago Tribune on November 18th, a new surgical procedure will be announced that destroys certain nerves in the kidney that can helo patients whose high blood pressure has not responded to conventional medications. The study was conducted on 52 patients whose blood pressure averaged 178/96, despite the fact that they were taking five hypertension medications. On average, their blood pressure dropped by 32/12, while a control group of 54 patients receiving only drugs showed no change. An estimated 15% of those with high blood pressre are unable to control it, despite taking three of more medications. It is those people at whom the new treatment is aimed. The researchers found that only 5 of the 52 patients in the study did not respond to the kidney treatment. Previous participants as long as two and a half years ago are still being monitored, and their blood pressure has not gone back up. The future envisions trials on patients with less severe hypertension in which the treatment would result in a cure, not just improvement.
Although this study does not directly translate to individuals with obesity, we have learned in class that high blood pressure is a common result of being overweight. We have learned that overweight patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery dramatically reduces or eliminates the individuals Type I Diabetes. Now with this new study, it might be possible that overweight individuals could be rid of their high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risks too. Could a world be coming where being obese can actually be healthy? Could all of the common disease associated with it be alleviated? Furthermore, this study states that this procedure is designed for those who have had ongoing problems with hypertension. In order to qualify for this surgery I wonder if there are certain guidelines that a patient would have to meet--as in do they have to have inhereted it or can it be a result of obesity? I also wonder if this procedure is designed for those who are not overweight or suffer from it because they are overweight. That is I wonder what the qualifications for this particular surgery are.