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Treatment

Lifestyle Changes

These include:

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

Medications

Blood pressure medications may be prescribed.

Angioplasty

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.

Surgery


Endarterectomy

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
617-667-8800

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