Features March 2013 Issue

Treating Arteries in the Kidneys Helps Overcome Resistant Hypertension

Recent studies show renal denervation may help individuals losing their fight against poorly controlled high blood pressure.

One way to a healthier heart may just be through the kidneys. Specifically, at least one effective solution to resistant hypertension appears to be a procedure called renal denervation. Recent research suggests that injuring the nerves inside the arteries of the kidneys with catheter ablation can diminish the response of the brain’s sympathetic nervous system, which activates what is commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response in the body. The concern is that part of that response includes a faster heart rate and elevated blood pressure.

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