Long-term follow-up of patients undergoing renal sympathetic denervation

Victor J.M. Zeijen, Lida Feyz, Rajiv Nannan Panday, Kevin Veen, Jorie Versmissen, Isabella Kardys, Nicolas M. Van Mieghem, Joost Daemen*

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Objectives: Renal denervation (RDN) proved to significantly lower blood pressure (BP) at 2–6 months in patients on and off antihypertensive drugs. Given a lack of longer-term follow-up data, our aim was to assess the safety and efficacy of RDN up to five years taking into account antihypertensive drug regimen changes over time. Methods: In the present single-center study, patients underwent RDN for (therapy resistant) hypertension. Patients underwent protocolized yearly follow-up out to five years. Data were collected on 24-h ambulatory BP and office BP monitoring, renal function, antihypertensive drug regimen, and safety events, including non-invasive renal artery imaging at 6/12 months. Efficacy analyses were performed using linear mixed-effects models. Results: Seventy-two patients with mean age 63.3 ± 9.5 (SD) years (51% female) were included. Median follow-up time was 3.5 years and Clark’s Completeness Index was 72%. Baseline ambulatory daytime BP was 146.1/83.7 ± 17.4/12.2 mmHg under a mean number of 4.9 ± 2.7 defined daily doses (DDD). At five years, ambulatory daytime systolic BP as calculated from the mixed model was 120.8 (95% CI 114.2–127.5) mmHg and diastolic BP was 73.3 (95% CI 69.4–77.3) mmHg, implying a reduction of -20.9/-8.3 mmHg as compared to baseline estimates (p < 0.0001). The number of DDDs remained stable over time (p = 0.87). No procedure-related major adverse events resulting in long-term consequences were observed. Conclusions: The BP-lowering effect of RDN was safely maintained at least five years post-procedure as reflected by a significant decrease in ambulatory daytime BP in the absence of escalating antihypertensive drug therapy over time. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1256-1268
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Research in Cardiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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