Korean Circ J.  2021 Sep;51(9):717-732. 10.4070/kcj.2021.0175.

Current Status and Future Perspectives of Renal Denervation

  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Heart Vascular Stroke Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) therapy, a new procedure that uses radiofrequency ablation to interrupt efferent and afferent renal sympathetic nerve fibers, is a complementary or alternative treatment to antihypertensive medications for optimal control of blood pressure (BP). Although several single-arm early proof-of-concept studies showed significant BP reduction, the largest sham-controlled study using the first-generation RDN device (SYMPLICITY HTN-3) failed to significantly reduce BP in patients with resistant hypertension who were taking the guideline-based combination of antihypertensive medications. Since then, new devices and techniques have been developed to improve the efficacy and safety of RDN procedures. Sham-controlled trials using second-generation RDN devices (radiofrequency- and ultrasound-based) have provided solid evidence for their BP-lowering efficacy with and without the use of concomitant antihypertensive medication. Moreover, the safety profile of RDN in several registries and clinical trials appears to be excellent. This review summarizes the current evidence for RDN and discusses its current issues, future trials, Asian perspectives, and potential roles in both hypertension and other morbidities.


Renal denervation; Blood pressure; Resistant hypertension; Asia
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