Renal denervation, a new procedure available through Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care, could improve outcomes for patients with treatment-resistant hypertension.
According to three studies presented at the recent European Society of Cardiology (ESC) meeting, and recently reported by the Independent and The Daily Telegraph, renal denervation can help patients with high blood pressure which is not responding to medication.
Sedentary life, poor diet and obesity, ageing and stress contribute to the marked increase of the incidence of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.
Almost 12 million people are treated for hypertension in the UK and many more are unaware of the presence of this silent killer.
A new non-pharmacological technique - renal denervation - is now available to help patients who respond poorly to hypertension drugs.
Professor Carlo Di Mario, honorary consultant cardiologist, performs the new highly-successful treatment that uses radio therapy to treat the nerves leading to and from the kidneys.
The technique is simple and requires few preliminary tests and typically only one day of hospital stay. The method has been shown to be very safe and works in more than 90 per cent of cases. Patients experience an initial reduction of blood pressure which improves progressively in the six to twelve months after treatment.
The therapy is only available after consultation with a group of hypertension and cardiology specialists.
Honorary consultant cardiologist