Changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy diet, reducing the amount of sodium in your diet, limiting alcohol intake, quitting smoking and exercising regularly can all have a positive effect on lowering blood pressure.

Medications prescribed by your physician are designed to work in different ways, and multiple medications may be needed to get to your blood pressure goal.

Although a medical approach works for many, it fails to help a considerable number of patients get to blood pressure goals. In these patients, blood pressure remains high and uncontrolled, leaving them at an unacceptably high risk for a major cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke. If you are one of these patients, you together with your physician may consider alternative approaches, such as renal denervation therapy.

The kidney plays a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure, and hyperactivity of the nerves surrounding the blood vessels that lead to the kidneys (renal arteries) has been shown to be a major factor in hypertension. Renal denervation therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that applies therapy to the tissue surrounding the renal arteries in an effort to disrupt the hyperactivity of these nerves.

By reducing the hyperactivity of the nerves, renal denervation therapy has the potential to lower blood pressure. Clinical evidence from the treatment of uncontrolled hypertension has shown renal denervation therapy to result in a substantial and sustained reduction in blood pressure for many patients.