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New Procedure for High Blood Pressure

October 3rd 2011

Galway University Hospital has become one of the first public hospitals in the world to perform Renal Artery Denervation.

Dr Faisal Sharif (above), REMEDI PI and Consultant Cardiologist at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) was part of the team that performed a new device-based procedure for patients who suffer from resistant high blood pressure recently. GUH has become one of the first public hospitals in the world to perform this procedure known as Renal Artery Denervation (RAD). The procedure which involves radiofrequency ablation of the renal arteries uses a new type of catheter called a 'Symplicity' catheter. This in turn disrupts the sympathetic nerves in the kidney, which are known to contribute to high blood pressure. The procedure is associated with significant and sustained reduction in blood pressure. "High blood pressure, or hypertension is the single most common contributor to cardiovascular death, stroke, heart attack, heart failure and end stage kidney disease. In Europe approximately I in 3 of the adult population have high blood pressure. This rises to nearly 2 in 3 in Ireland," said Dr Sharif. The introduction of RAD at GUH is part of the process to develop a new specialised hypertension clinic in Galway.