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Long-term outcomes after renal denervation in an Asian population: results from the Global SYMPLICITY Registry in South Korea (GSR Korea)


The objective of this work was to investigate the long-term safety and efficacy of renal denervation in Korean patients from the Global SYMPLICITY Registry (GSR). GSR Korea is a substudy of GSR with additional inclusion and exclusion criteria compared to GSR, including inclusion criteria of office systolic blood pressure ≥160 mmHg, or ≥150 mmHg for type 2 diabetes patients, while receiving 3 or more antihypertensive medications without changes for 2 weeks prior to enrollment. Renal denervation was performed using a Symplicity Flex catheter for ablation in the main renal arteries. Changes in office systolic blood pressure and adverse events were collected for up to 36 months of follow-up for 102 patients in GSR Korea. In addition, adverse events and reductions in office systolic blood pressure were analyzed for patients with and without type II diabetes mellitus. Renal denervation led to mean (± standard deviation) reductions in office systolic blood pressure at 12, 24, and 36 months in GSR Korea (−26.7 ± 18.5, −30.1 ± 21.6 mmHg, and −32.5 ± 18.8, respectively). The proportion of patients with a ≥10 mmHg office systolic blood pressure reduction from baseline was 86.3% at 12 months, 86.5% at 24 months, and 89.7% at 36 months. Adverse events at 3 years were rare. In addition, reductions in office systolic blood pressure were similar for patients with vs. without diabetes mellitus (p > 0.05 at all timepoints). Office systolic blood pressure was safely reduced at up to 36 months post-renal denervation in GSR Korea, and adverse events were rare. In addition, patients with and without diabetes had similar office systolic blood pressure reductions.

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Marianne Wanten and So-Jeong You provided expert study management and Beth Ferri, PhD, CMPP, provided medical writing support and generation of figures and tables (all employees of Medtronic).


The Global SYMPLICITY Registry was funded by Medtronic.

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Kim, BK., Kim, HS., Park, SJ. et al. Long-term outcomes after renal denervation in an Asian population: results from the Global SYMPLICITY Registry in South Korea (GSR Korea). Hypertens Res (2021).

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  • Hypertension
  • Renal denervation
  • Systolic blood pressure


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