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By: Candace Stuart

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Not so, at least when it comes to cardiac care. Recent research and clinical practice point to the kidneys as a pathway for treating cardiovascular diseases. Using a percutaneous, catheter-based technique to disrupt overactive renal sympathetic nerves, specialists have been able to lower blood pressure in patients with drug-resistant hypertension. And they aren’t stopping there. Early studies show the approach may be effective for treating atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) as well. 

An unnerving scenario

The heart is one of several organs that in concert regulate blood pressure. The kidneys also play an important role, assisted by the renal sympathetic efferent and afferent nerves within and...

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