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Renal Artery Stenosis (cont.)

Follow-up for renal artery stenosis

Regardless of the treatment, minimizing risk factors for further artery narrowing is critical. Decreasing the likelihood of further stenosis may be achieved by controlling:

The chance of restenosis is also dependent on the severity of the condition. The more severe the stenosis at the time of diagnosis, the more likely the artery is to completely occlude in the future.

Outlook for renal artery stenosis

  • Renal artery stenosis is one potential reversible cause of high blood pressure.
  • The diagnosis may be suspected in patients who have hypertension that is difficult to control.
  • Diagnosis is made by imaging the artery with ultrasound, computerized tomography, or arteriography.
  • Treatment may be medical or surgical.
  • Minimizing risk factors is important in decreasing the risk of restenosis.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology


"Establishing the diagnosis of renovascular hypertension"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/9/2016

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