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Thursday, May 2, 2013

New procedure for high blood pressure: Renal Denervation

A new report compiling many of the recent trials with this new procedure has shown consistent, durable efficacy.

Renal Denervation is a catheter-based procedure where the renal arteries are treated with radiofrequency ablation. The procedure has been shown to be safe with a low complication rate.

Patients treated in the trial included those that were still hypertensive despite being on three different classes of BP medications

The trials have shown a consistent decrease of ~20/10mmHg. The effect seems to be reached within 3 months of the procedure and has held for the first year.

Further studies are still in the works studying longer follow-up and long term reduction in clinical events.

This is an exciting development. When commercially available in the USA, my practice will begin offering this to our patients.

More to follow...

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