Renal Artery Stent To Ease Hypertension-Experience?

Renal Artery Stent To Ease Hypertension-Experience?

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    Renal Artery Stent To Ease Hypertension-Experience?

    This is way off topic, but very relevant to me personally at this time. I have had a hypertension issue for over half my life, and until the last year or so have been able to keep it controlled through medication and exercise. Not so now. Three different medications, six tablets a day and still 160/80 range, complete with side effects of the medication.

    Soon I will be having a stent placed in my right renal artery as a means of improving blood flow to the kidney, thus lowering BP. Has anyone else here had this procedure done? Thoughts?
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    No, but good luck. You'll be in my thoughts.
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    Wow. I had no idea such a thing was done; makes sense given how the Renin-Angiontensin system can be directly influenced by arterial pressure in the kidney. Do you have a 'smoking gun' for what caused the initial hypertension? Are the stents going to have a drug coated on them?

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    My mom had something similar, but for different reasons.

    Is the stent permanent, or does it have to be replaced occasionally?
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    I saw a report about the use of stents but they really did not go in-depth, please let us know how it works out for you. And I hope it works for yu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckQue View Post
    Wow. I had no idea such a thing was done; makes sense given how the Renin-Angiontensin system can be directly influenced by arterial pressure in the kidney. Do you have a 'smoking gun' for what caused the initial hypertension? Are the stents going to have a drug coated on them?
    There is definitely plaque build-up on the right side, so yes, that is hopefully the smoking gun. The stent used will be a wire mesh, 5.5 mm expanding one without medication. It is strictly to expand the artery and ease blook flow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    My mom had something similar, but for different reasons.

    Is the stent permanent, or does it have to be replaced occasionally?
    It will be permanent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I saw a report about the use of stents but they really did not go in-depth, please let us know how it works out for you. And I hope it works for yu.
    I certainly will. Thanks.
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    Have not heard of it. Good luck Mike, prayers for a good outcome sent your way....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    Have not heard of it. Good luck Mike, prayers for a good outcome sent your way....
    Much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    It will be permanent.
    That sounds like a good deal to me. It's something that I'll probably eventually need as well. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Keep us updated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    That sounds like a good deal to me. It's something that I'll probably eventually need as well. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Keep us updated.
    I have put it off as long as I could, thus proving I don't always abide by my signature line. I'll do a complete debrief here as soon as the results are in.
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    I don't know anyone who has had it but I wish you the very best and keep you in my prayers. It's just amazing what advances we have in medicine every year.
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    I don't know about the use of stents for that particular purpose. Personally I'd see if I could learn a little more about it, just so I know. Ultimately, though, I think it comes down to if you trust the doctors.

    As for stents themselves, they've been in use for a long time and are about as routine a procedure as one can get these days.

    If possible, I'd suggest finding out what make and model will be used and do a little research on it. Odds are you'll feel much better about it. You will find reports of problems with stents - anything in this world can go wrong - but remember that lawyers are out there making stuff up, as well.

    nih.gov is a good source of info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    I don't know about the use of stents for that particular purpose. Personally I'd see if I could learn a little more about it, just so I know. Ultimately, though, I think it comes down to if you trust the doctors.

    As for stents themselves, they've been in use for a long time and are about as routine a procedure as one can get these days.

    If possible, I'd suggest finding out what make and model will be used and do a little research on it. Odds are you'll feel much better about it. You will find reports of problems with stents - anything in this world can go wrong - but remember that lawyers are out there making stuff up, as well.

    nih.gov is a good source of info.
    I've researched the device, doctor, hospital and procedure enough to be very comfortable with it all. I'm just hoping it accomplishes the mission. One-third of those undergoing the procedure experience dramatic BP improvement, another third, moderate, and the others, no change in BP.
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