Renal Denervation: A Future Treatment for Hypertension?

blood-pressure-squareDo you suffer from hypertension? If you are:

  • Between the ages of 20 and 80
  • Have consistently high blood pressure
  • Are willing to participate in a clinical trial

You may be eligible to participate in one of Emory’s research studies. Emory is currently enrolling patients in a clinical trial related to hypertension. Patients, either on or off blood pressure medications, will be enrolled in a randomized study in which participants may undergo an investigational procedure called renal denervation. This procedure is being investigated to determine its potential impact on blood pressure.

What is renal denervation?

Renal denervation is an investigative procedure that is intended to decrease activity of the nervous system in the kidneys. Renal nerves transmit information between the kidneys and the brain via the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves often signal an increase in blood pressure. Patients with hypertension tend to have hyperactive nerves in the renal arteries, and denervation is thought to decrease the activity of these overactive nerves.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is minimally invasive. A narrow tube is inserted through a small puncture in the leg artery and delivers radio-frequency energy in an attempt to deactivate the nerves surrounding the kidney arteries. The procedure only requires several hours of bedrest once complete. Participants will be followed closely through outpatient follow-up visits conducted at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

For more information and to determine your eligibility, contact:
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Theresa Sanders MN, RN
404-686-3872
Theresa.sanders@emory.edu

Learn more from the Emory News Source Article

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