BANGALORE: Narayana Hrudayalaya has introduced renal artery denervation therapy, a potential treatment to cure hypertension. The hospital is first in the state to perform renal artery denervation on a sixty three-year- old.
In renal artery denervation, a specialised catheter is directed into the kidney arteries under fluoroscopy and controlled radio frequency energy is delivered through the catheter at multiple predetermined spots. This is expected to produce controlled injury to the renal nerves which will eventually result in the reduction of blood pressure. The procedure approximately takes 40 minutes. Research on both animals and men all around the world have shown satisfactory reduction in blood pressure at 6-8 weeks time.
Senior consultant cardiologist of Narayana Hrudayalaya Dr Ravi Kishore said that this technique has been in vogue for the last one year in western countries.