What is Renal Artery Stenosis?
Renal artery stenosis is a narrowing or blockage of an artery to the kidneys, which may cause kidney failure and high blood pressure.
Smokers are at greater risk, as are people with high cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, too much weight, or a family history of heart disease.
High blood pressure is both a cause and a result of renal artery stenosis.
UR Medicine's Treatments for Renal Artery Stenosis
Treatment can include medications to lower blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels and treatment of related health conditions such as diabetes.
Surgical treatment can include procedures such as angioplasty (the opening of a renal artery using a balloon or other method) or placement of a stent (a tiny, expandable metal coil placed inside an artery to keep the artery open).
In some cases, open surgery is needed to bypass the blocked renal artery.
What Sets Us Apart?
Our Nephrology Division, which treats kidney patients, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for years as one of the top adult nephrology care centers in the country.
Our nephrologists serve as medical directors for 12 dialysis units, providing care to over 600 dialysis patients, and provide ongoing care to 650 kidney transplant recipients.
Our nephrologists work closely with UR Medicine’s Advanced Heart Failure Program, providing care to patients with Ventricular Assist Devices and Total Artificial Heart Implantation.
Because we’re an academic medical center, we also lead research studies with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other sources. So we’re aware of the latest developments in care.
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