New therapeutic approaches for resistant hypertension

Journal of Nephrology, 05/17/2012

In the past few years, 2 new procedures have been developed for the treatment of resistant hypertension: electrical stimulation of carotid baroreceptors and catheter–based renal denervation. Both of these procedures have a solid pathophysiological background, which is based on the evidence that carotid baroreceptors and renal nerves are involved in the pathogenesis of different forms of experimental hypertension, potentiating sympathetic cardiovascular influence and thus promoting the development and progression of elevated blood pressure values.

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