FDA Advisors Recommend Blood Pressure Surgery Device

A 12-member panel voted unanimously to approve the item’s safety.

A panel of advisors for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally recommended the use of a surgically placed device to treat high blood pressure. The 12-member panel voted unanimously to recommend the item’s safety, and eight members vouched for the effectiveness of the item for high blood pressure.

The device is made by the Japanese company ReCor and is a small balloon inserted into an artery near the kidneys. Once placed, it works to sense additional body heat caused by hypertension, a common but serious effect of high blood pressure that progressively reduces the functionality of the kidneys. If it senses heat, the device then sends electrical signals through nerves to the kidneys, telling them to keep functioning even while the body experiences hypertension.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For FDA officials and advisors to seek God’s wisdom as they consider and review new therapies and treatments.
  • For FDA Commissioner Califf as he oversees the agency.
  • For Secretary Xavier Becerra as he heads the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sources: Reuters, MedPage Today, ReCor Medical


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