Renal angioplasty is occasionally used to treat people who have high blood pressure caused by a condition called renal artery stenosis. The usual treatment for high blood pressure is with medicines, such as ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers.
Doctors recommend renal angioplasty for renal artery stenosis only in very few circumstances. This is because it’s not thought to be more effective than medical treatment for most people. You may be offered the procedure if your blood pressure is difficult to control with medicines, and test results confirm you have renal artery stenosis. It may also be an option if renal artery stenosis is causing your kidney function to rapidly decline, or fluid to accumulate in your lungs. This is known as pulmonary oedema.
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