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Current Clinical Pharmacology

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ISSN (Print): 1574-8847
ISSN (Online): 2212-3938

Clinical Studies of Renal Nerve Ablation. Unanswered Questions for its Efficacy and Safety

Author(s): Doumas Michalis, C. Faselis, P. Kokkinos, Tsioufis Costas and Papademetriou Vasilios

Volume 8, Issue 3, 2013

Page: [212 - 216] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1574884711308030007

Price: $65

Abstract

Resistant hypertension is frequently encountered and remains challenging in everyday clinical practice despite the availability of numerous effective antihypertensive drugs. Existing limitations in drug therapy renders renal nerve ablation (RNA) an attractive alternative for the management of resistant hypertension. RNA has been proven so far both effective and safe in small clinical studies. However, every novel technique raises several questions that need to be answered before the wide application of this approach. Likewise, existing data with RNA leave some unanswered questions, which among others include: the heterogeneity in blood pressure response, the identification of response predictors, the extent of RNA, the association between office and ambulatory blood pressure reduction, the long-term efficacy and safety of the procedure, the time-course of blood pressure response, and the effects on renal function in the long-term. This review aims to discuss these issues since RNA represents one of the hottest topics in hypertension and research directions are urgently needed.

Keywords: Ambulatory blood pressure, renal function, renal nerve ablation, renal sympathetic denervation, resistant hypertension, sympathetic nervous system.


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