Zapping nerves offers hope of permanent fix for some with high blood pressure.
Check out this really interesting article about the findings from a recently completed study for a new interventional approach to treating high blood pressure. Long term management of high blood pressure is one of the largest cost burdens to our nation's medical system. Over 75 million americans and 1 billion worldwide have hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. According to the CDC, researchers estimate that high blood pressure will cost $76.6 billion in direct and indirect costs in 2010.
Yet despite all that cost and effort, the American Heart Association estimates that only 35% of hypertensive Americans have their condition under control. Table 1 in this article from the AHA is pretty enlightening. Our 'world class' healthcare system is less effective than Cuba's in ensuring those with the disease are aware they have it, are actively treating it, and getting control of it. Canada on the other hand achieves far better results, despite their 'flawed' national healthcare model.