Nephrology Associates of Michigan (NAM) was founded in 1974, it has enjoyed the trust of patients and referring physicians throughout Southeast Michigan.
Hypertension continues to be one of the most frequent health conditions in the United States of America. Although many can control their blood pressure with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes there is a subgroup of patients with “resistant hypertension”. This occurs when patients are unable to control their blood pressure despite using 3 different types of blood pressure pills, including a diuretic or water pill.
Researches are investigating non-medication based approaches to control these difficult cases. One novel approach to blood pressure control involves creating a direct connection between a large artery and vein in the leg. This connection is called an arteriovenous anastomosis, and is created in a catherterization lab, without requiring a major surgical procedure.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital is about to embark on a research protocol investigating the efficacy and safety of this procedure. Hopefully, this procedure will prove to be an effective tool in combating resistant hypertension.