Dr. Mark Roland de Jong defended his excellent PhD thesis entiteled: “Renal Sympathetic Denervation: Renal Nerve Stimulation” on November 20 at the University of Groningen.

The thesis is about high blood pessure and renal sympathetic denervation.
High blood pressure is a silent killer and a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. When treatment with medication fails and patients appear to suffer from drug resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic denervation is a possible treatment. Dr. De Jong investigated the effects of renal denervation with a technique that uses electrical energy to find these sympathetic nerves, the so-called renal nerve stimulation.
It has been demonstrated that renal nerve stimulation can be used to improve ablation of the nerves, prevents unnecessary ablation of other nerves and possibly to identify when the procedure is finished.
Furthermore, dr. De Jong is involved in the ASAF trial. The trial design has been described in the last chapter. Patients with high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation might benefit from isolation of the pulmonary veins and renal sympathetic denervation.

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PhD defense dr. Mark Roland de Jong

Afterwards an interesting symposium regarding renal denervation was organised with the new doctor as speaker and experts in the field: prof. dr. Kjeldsen and dr. Heeg!