Kidney patient among first to receive pioneering treatment for high blood pressure

December 13 2013

SPECIALISTS at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have used a pioneering treatment to reduce high blood pressure in a kidney patient whose blood pressure could not be controlled with conventional medication.

[Professor Peter Gaines, Dr William McKane and Martin Barnsley] Martin Barnsley, 64, of Barnsley, was first diagnosed with high blood pressure 26 years ago, and nothing could control it. This included taking eight different kinds of blood pressure lowering medicines a day to reduce his risk of life-threatening stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.

Now he is one of the first people in the world with a single kidney to benefit from an advanced type of renal denervation therapy, which is offered to certain patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure. Renal denervation therapy is where the nerves around the blood vessels leading into the kidneys are destroyed more precisely in a quicker procedure using radiofrequency energy that does not require surgery. The radiofrequency energy disrupts the network of nerves around the kidneys, causing blood pressure to drop significantly in most patients. In Martin's case, the reduction has been about 20% – a drop which is expected to improve further over the next year.

For more information read the full article here

Recent News

An invitation to an online patient update from the clinical team at St George’s Hospital Renal Unit.
July 29 2020
Former St George’s Transplant Surgeon - Mr Adil El Tayar has died of Covid-19
March 30 2020
Update from St George’s Hospital renal team on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 23rd June 2020
March 24 2020
St George’s Patient - Villy Nielsen - reaches 50 year anniversary of his kidney transplant
October 2 2019
St George’s Hospital Charity - New dialysis Unit Campaign
September 22 2019

Join Us

Register with us, become a member and subscribe to our newsletters including the latest on the impact of coronavirus for patients at St George’s Hospital.