ESC 2012: Renal denervation a "fountain of youth," researchers say
Doctors and researchers at the European Society of Cardiology Conference crow about the potential benefits of renal denervation in restoring youth to stiffened arteries, treating hypertension and maybe even benefiting patients with heart failure.
This year's European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich, Germany, hosted a fleet of new studies and technologies, but renal denervation hogged the spotlight with no less than 5 research teams presenting evidence of the healing powers of the nerve-deadening procedure.
Teams from Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Australia presented positive findings for renal denervation in treating hypertension better than drugs, improving physical and mental health and reducing stiffness in arteries.
"[Renal denervation] might be a fountain of youth for blood vessels in patients with therapy resistant hypertension," Klaas Franzen, a German researcher presenting data at the conference, said in prepared remarks . "It is a minimally invasive procedure without significant systematic side effects, it is well tolerated, and recovery times are short."