Medtronic Hypertension Burning Seen as Spurring Industry

May 25, 2012
For three decades Gael Lander fought for her life against the same high blood pressure that contributed to her father’s fatal heart attack and caused a series of debilitating strokes in her mother. Now Lander’s hard-to-treat hypertension is under control, the result of an experimental 20-minute procedure that cauterized nerves near her kidneys that control blood pressure. The nerves were seared using a catheter made by Medtronic Inc., the leader among dozens of companies developing similar products that may help re-energize the medical devices industry with a potentially multi-billion dollar new market.