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Second opinion wanted on renal arteriogram/angioplasty.

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Second opinion wanted on renal arteriogram/angioplasty.
Early this year I was diagnosed with sudden onset hypertension (readings between 160/90 - 190/105). It took a few tries, but the BP is controlled now with 10mg Norvasc and 160mg Diovan 1x daily. My doctor also recommended screening for renal atery stenosis, and doppler ultrasound indicated unilateral RAS (65% blocked), and it appears to be fibromuscular dysplasia. The vascular surgeon recommended an arteriogram with angioplasty if FMD is confirmed. I agreed, but am now having second thoughts on an invasive procedure. Since my BP is under control and only one kidney is affected, maybe I should leave thing as is. I am otherwise very healthy with no cholesterol or weight problems.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 7 years ago.


A renal angioplasty or stenting is advised, despite the controlled blood pressure, as the blockage may progress (increase) and it may cause damage to the kidneys and blood pressure will rise again.

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Dr. Arun

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