For the first time in Bangladesh, a team of doctors of National Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases yesterday successfully operated on a patient to control drug-resistant hypertension.
Typically, the arteries in the kidneys of such patients have bundled nerves. The doctors reach the kidney through a catheter and administer a medicated heat injury in such nerve bundles.
This eases the bundle and blood flow through the kidneys improves, helping the patient control hypertension using drugs afterwards.
The team, formed by the institute Director Prof AAS Majumder, led by Prof Mahboob Ali and accompanied by Dr Bodo Cremers from Germany, conducted the operation known as “renal nerve de-nervation interventional” therapy.
Only about 1,000 people worldwide have been operated upon so far. This is a new approach even in developed countries but has minimal complications, said Prof Mahboob.
“The institute can now regularly conduct such interventions for patients resistant to hypertension drugs,” he added.
-With The Daily Star input