Sunday, 25 March 2012

Improving Prognosis of Heart Failure Patients & the CardioRenal syndrome

This study published in Circulation describes how sympathetic denervation of the kidneys eliminated albuminuria in a rat model of heart failure. I think this study has great significance. The combination of heart and kidney dysfunction is known as the cardiorenal syndrome and carries a terrible prognosis. Renal denervation therefore has the potential to improve the prognosis of patients with heart failure. Renal sympathectomy can now be performed relatively non-invasively through a catheter. It has been shown to be effective in treating very resistant hypertension. So watch this space!

p.s. Just read that Dick Cheney has just had a heart transplant.  I know that he has had heart failure for years - he must have had good renal function to have lasted this long.