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Lifestyle Changes

These include:

  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercising
  • Cutting back on fat in the diet
  • Reducing alcohol consumption


Blood pressure medications may be prescribed.


Renal artery angioplasty with a stent is a nonsurgical procedure in which a tiny mesh tube called a stent is inserted into a blocked renal artery to keep it open and to keep the blood flowing. This may be a option for some patients, but it is not known whether this offers advantages over medical therapy for prevention of complications.



In a renal endarterectomy, your surgeon removes the inner lining of your renal artery, which contains the plaque. This procedure removes the plaque and leaves a smooth, wide-open artery.

Bypass Surgery

This approach creates a detour around the narrowed or blocked sections of your renal artery. To create this bypass, your surgeon connects one of your veins or a tube made from man-made materials, called a bypass graft, above and below the area that is blocked. This creates a new path for your blood to flow to your kidneys.

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215