National Heart Month is dedicated to spreading knowledge behind Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) because awareness is key. When we know the telltale signs of CVD, we can help ourselves and our loved ones prevent the sometimes deadly side effects from these conditions and seek the correct treatment if needed.
In our last blog post, we discussed who was at risk for CVD and what could be done about it. In addition, we discussed new therapy options for managing uncontrolled high blood pressure which is a leading contributor of Cardiovascular disease. But, all this talk about prevention and treatment begs the important question: Can high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease be controlled?
As a leading cause of Cardiovascular conditions, High Blood Pressure (HBP) can be a lifelong and chronic condition. Chronic conditions are treated much differently than traumatic events in the medical world. Chronic treatment involves targeting the possible root causes of an issue, not simply addressing symptoms. Conditions like CVD and HBP, in order to be controlled, need to define a treatment targeted at the root cause of the issue. Lifelong treatment plans have great success in lengthening the life of the patient, as well as mitigating the negative effects of the specific condition.
For example, when concerning Cardiovascular disease, did you know that you can reduce your risk of death by 30% by addressing your high blood pressure? Studies show that with 1mmHG reduction of blood pressure, the relative risk of cardiovascular disease and death is reduced by 2%. So, reducing your blood pressure by 15mmHg could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease or death by 30%! And all of this is because you are addressing high blood pressure.
Do Normal Protocols Control HBP?
However, addressing high blood pressure also comes with challenges. Normal protocols for high blood pressure suggest various forms of treatments:
- Multiple medications
- Daily exercise
- Low sodium diet
- Stress management
While the above protocols certainly address some of the daily pain and symptoms that can occur with high blood pressure, sometimes even with changes in lifestyle and adhering to your medication regime, you still may experience high blood pressure. Often times individuals are prescribed up to three or more medications yet still see their blood pressure readings too high. When this happens, a solution feels out of reach and individuals can feel hopeless and their quality of life decreases while their stress increases.
In order to manage uncontrolled high blood pressure, alternative and new therapies offered through a clinical trial may be the best next step.
Alternative Therapy: The Rox Coupler
At Rox Medical, we are pioneering an alternative therapy designed to manage uncontrolled high blood pressure with our CONTROL HTN-2 Clinical trial (link to clintrials.gov site).
The ROX Coupler therapy is a minimally invasive medical device procedure performed in an angiography suite or hybrid operating room. The procedure takes about an hour and is performed under local anesthesia. The ROX Coupler is placed between the artery and vein in the upper thigh to allow a fixed amount of blood to flow between them, known as an anastomosis. The minimally invasive catheter procedure to place the Coupler is called the ROX FLOW procedure.
The Rox Coupler procedure creates a passage (called an anastomosis) which allows high-pressured blood from the iliac artery to go into the lower-pressured iliac vein in your pelvis. By shifting a modest amount of arterial blood flow to the venous system, individuals with uncontrolled hypertension may contribute to the lowering the blood pressure.
Currently, we are accepting applications for those in the United States who may be eligible to participate in our clinical trial. Find out if you are eligible here.