ESC 2013: Medtronic's Symplicity hypertension treatment still promising at 1 and 3 years

September 3, 2013 by Ingrid Mezo

A pair of Medtronic studies support the Symplicity renal denervation system in treatment of patients with drug-resistant hypertension, with promising results at 1 and 3 years following treatment.

ESC 2013: Medtronic renal denervation going strong at 3 years

New data on Medtronic's (NYSE:MDT) Symplicity renal denervation system showed the device is safe and effective at 1 and 3 years, the company announced this week.

A pair of analyses released during the the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Amsterdam this week showed positive results for the hypertension treatment system.

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In 1-year data from the SYMPLICITY registry major complications or serious adverse events associated with denervation were very rare among the more than 1,150 patient enrolled, Medtronic announced. At 6 months only 1 patient needed a procedural dissection and only 1 patient required a re-intervention, representing a 0.09% adverse event rate for each, the Minneapolis-based firm noted.

Symplicity, which delivers radio frequency energy to the renal artery, significantly reduced blood pressure and kept it lower compared to baseline at all time-points up to 12 months when blood pressure was measured both in-office and on-the-go, Medtronic said.

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