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What are the pluses and negatives of renal ablation for uncontrolled hypertension? 

What are the pluses and negatives of renal ablation to treat uncontrolled blood pressure and how new is this procedure?

submitted by Nancy from Houston, Texas on 1/5/2013

Answer:

Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

The procedure does seem to be effective in reducing high BP, often quite dramatically. It remains in clinical trials and, to my knowledge, is still investigational. The downside, although small, is that of any endovascular procedure – the risk of arterial injury. 

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