What is it about?

Renal nerve ablation has experienced ups and downs over recent years and had become side-lined as a potential treatment for hypertension. However, following the publication of new studies in May 2018, it appears to be back on track.

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Why is it important?

Hypertension has long been recognized as a major and often ‘silent’ risk factor for cardiovascular diseases as many people do not realize they have the condition. Patients with high blood pressure (BP) will usually be treated with between two or three, or possibly more anti-hypertensive drugs to control BP. Renal nerve ablation is indicated for those patients who are experiencing problems despite using three anti-hypertensive drugs, including a diuretic.


A great explainer from European Heart Journal Editor-in-Chief Thomas Lüscher on recent developments in the area of renal nerve ablation.

Judith Ozkan

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This page is a summary of: Thomas Lüscher on the revival of renal nerve ablation for hypertension, European Heart Journal, December 2018, Oxford University Press (OUP),
DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy716.
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