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[Comment] Take a blood pressure pill or undergo renal denervation?

Renal denervation could be a new treatment approach for patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. The findings of the SYMPLICITY HTN-2 trial1 suggested that renal denervation was associated with a major reduction in systolic blood pressure based on office measurements of blood pressure. However, ambulatory blood pressure is the state-of-the-art technique for measuring blood pressure in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension.2 Poor drug adherence is common in treatment-resistant hypertension,3 but this was not monitored in SYMPLICITY HTN-2, making the study susceptible to the Hawthorne effect.

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