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Renal Artery Stenosis (cont.)

Outlook

  • 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.

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Renal Artery Stenosis »

Specialists have known for a long time that renal artery stenosis (RAS) is the major cause of renovascular hypertension and that it may account for 1-10% of the 50 million people in the United States who have hypertension.

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