Sheffield patient receives pioneering kidney treatment for high
4 February 2014
A patient at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has
become one of the first in the world to have pioneering renal
denervation therapy to reduce high blood pressure. in a kidney patient
whose blood pressure could not be controlled with conventional
Martin Barnsley, 64, of Barnsley, was first diagnosed with high
blood pressure 26 years ago, and nothing could control it. This
included taking eight different kinds of blood pressure lowering
medicines a day to reduce his risk of life-threatening stroke, heart
attack and kidney failure.
He has now had an advanced type of renal denervation therapy,
which is offered to certain patients with drug-resistant high blood
pressure. Renal denervation therapy is where the nerves around the
blood vessels leading into the kidneys are destroyed more precisely
in a quicker procedure using radiofrequency energy that does not
The radiofrequency energy disrupts the network of nerves around
the kidneys, causing blood pressure to drop significantly in most
patients. In Martin’s case, the reduction has been about 20% — a
drop which is expected to improve further over the next year.
The treatment was carried out by Professor Peter Gaines, a
consultant vascular radiologist at Sheffield’s Northern General
Hospital, as part of a five-year research study looking at how
effectively the St Jude Medical EnligHTN Renal Denervation System
can improve health and lower blood pressure in patients with
impaired kidney function.
Around 200,000 people in the UK suffer with drug-resistant high
blood pressure, and are 16 times more likely to have a stroke or
heart attack than those with well controlled blood pressure.