Quality of life following renal sympathetic denervation in treatment-resistant hypertensive patients: a two-year follow-up study
Results. A total of 23 patients were included. The typical participant was male, 53 years, had a mean office blood pressure of 162/108 mmHg, body mass index of 32 kg/m2 , and was prescribed 4.8 blood pressure lowering drug classes. At baseline, both physical and mental aspects of quality of life were affected negatively by the treatment-resistant hypertension. Over time, there were modest improvements in quality of life. The largest improvements were seen at six months. Simultaneously, the mean number of blood pressure lowering drug classes was reduced to 4.2. Conclusion. Following renal sympathetic denervation treatment, some aspects of health related quality of life showed an improved trend during follow-up. The observed improvement may reflect the impact of a reduced number of blood pressure lowering drug classes.