Ablation of Renal Sympathetic Activity in the Treatment of Resistant Hypertension

Ablação da actividade simpática renal para tratamento da hipertensão arterial resistente

On September 29, 2011, the first case of ablation of renal sympathetic activity in the treatment of resistant hypertension was conducted at the Hospital da Luz by a team of Interventional Cardiologists - Francisco Pereira Machado, Manuel de Sousa Almeida e Pedro de Araújo Gonçalves. It the first time this type of procedure was performed in a private health facility, following those conducted in the Hospital of Santa Cruz last July. 

This innovative treatment for drug-resistant hypertension by catheterization is, briefly, a partial denervation of renal nerve activity (autonomous activity of the sympathetic nervous system) using a catheter that emits radio waves. 

This project was developed at the Hospital da Luz through collaboration between the Departments of Cardiology and Nephrology. The selection and monitoring of patients is the responsibility of medical nephrologist Patricia Branco, who established a special consult specifically for this purpose. 

Interventional Cardiology: 
Francisco Pereira Machado, Manuel de Sousa Almeida, Pedro de Araújo Gonçalves 

Nephrologists: 
Patricia Branco, José Diogo Barata