Resistant hypertension: Renal denervation or intensified medical treatment?

Published: 27 December 2017
Author(s): Alberto Morganti, Giuseppe Mancia

Resistant hypertension (RH) can be diagnosed if blood pressure (BP) is not controlled with the combination of three antihypertensive drugs, including a diuretic, all at effective doses. Patients affected by this condition exhibit a marked increase in the risk of cardiovascular and renal morbid and fatal events. They also exhibit an increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system which is likely to importantly contribute at the renal and other vascular levels to the hypertensive state. Almost 10years ago renal denervation (RDN) by radiofrequency thermal energy delivery to the walls of the renal arteries was proposed for the treatment of RH.