Renal artery disease

Renal artery disease (or renal artery stenosis) is the narrowing of arteries that carry blood to one or both of the kidneys. This can worsen over time and lead to high blood pressure or kidney failure.

What you should know about renal artery disease

  • Common surgical procedures used to treat renal artery disease include angioplasty, surgery or renal artery stenting. These can help improve blood flow.
  • The body can sense less blood reaching the kidneys and misread that as the body having low blood pressure. This causes the body to release hormones from the kidney that increase blood pressure, which can lead to kidney failure as well.

Why choose Geisinger for your renal artery disease?

  • Our vascular surgeons can treat you with the latest surgical techniques and procedures to clear blockages and restore blood flow.
  • Our vascular surgeons were the only doctors in the region to participate in the NIH sponsored CORAL (cardiovascular outcomes in renal atherosclerotic lesion) trail due to their experience with renal stenting

Treatment options

We treat renal artery disease with

  • Medication
  • Vascular surgery : Vascular surgery treats various problems with blood vessels outside the heart.
  • Angioplasty : This minimally invasive procedure opens a blocked artery to help restore blood flow to your heart.
  • Lifestyle management
  • Renal artery stenting

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