Hypertension is an enigma for many because it’s causes are generally unknown. While there are many risk factors for hypertension, the medical community has yet to be able to determine one exact cause. However, this isn’t all bad news. Because hypertension has many risk factors, it opens up the possibility of unconventional treatment of this chronic disease. We believe that a disease as complicated and nuanced as hypertension is, it requires a multi-faceted and unconventional approach in order to see long-term results.
Acute vs Chronic Causes
High blood pressure can be caused by both acute and chronic causes. An acute cause of high blood pressure may be stress or anxiety, especially in the form of nervousness. Known as “white coat hypertension”, when a person’s blood pressure only rises during a stressful situation, they may diss miss it as merely situational. However, white coat hypertension should not be ignored and is considered an acute cause of high blood pressure. In fact, those prone to white coat hypertension are found to be more susceptible to chronic high blood pressure later in life.
Chronic high blood pressure, on the other hand, has a much wider variety of risk factors and is sometimes thought to be the result of an underlying disease such as kidney disease. Those who are at risk for chronic high blood pressure most fall into one of the following categories:
Usually over 60 years old in age
Being overweight or obese
Other existing health concerns such as high cholesterol levels, diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
However, regardless if you’ve been diagnosed with acute or chronic hypertension, neither one can be ignored. High blood pressure must be addressed because when left unresolved, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease.
When Your Numbers Keep Rising
Many people are treated for hypertension with various forms of medication, yet do not see a significant change in numbers. Many medical professionals will give additional protocols to lifestyle changes that are said to help decrease high blood pressure. These include:
- Regular exercise
- Decrease of salt consumption
- Decrease of alcohol consumption
- Manage stress
- Address other underlying medical issues
However, many of these solutions, in conjunction with medication, do not effectively lower blood pressure as a long-term solution. In fact, even if you manage all of the above, you may continue to see an increase in your high blood pressure numbers, or at least a maintenance of your current numbers. These numbers are absolutely crucial to regulate because of the high risk of serious health complications that can and do occur. In fact, every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke. So what else can you do to prevent being a statistic if conventional suggestions and medications are not working?
The truth is, is that anyone can develop acute or chronic hypertension at any point in their lives. With a risk factor list as long as it is for hypertension, it means that throughout one’s life, different exposure to different risks can help or hinder your blood pressure journey. Currently, lifestyle modifications and medication therapy are only approved options to treat hypertension in the United States. There are clinical trials being conducted that may offer a device solution to managing uncontrolled hypertension. The ROX CONTROL HTN-2 is such a clinical trial and is now enrolling across the country.
The CONTROL HTN-2 clinical trial is designed to study the effectiveness of the ROX Coupler. The ROX Coupler is a dime-sized stent placed in the upper thigh, creating a small passageway from the artery to the vein. This allows a fixed amount of blood to flow between them. The minimally invasive catheter procedure to place the Coupler is called the ROX FLOW procedure.
Reducing your high blood pressure long term also reduces your risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease or stroke is our unique and interventional procedure called the Rox Coupler.
We have started a clinical trial of the ROX Coupler here in the United States. To see if you are eligible to participate, click here. For more information about the success of the ROX Coupler in Europe, please see our latest press release.