Multi-organ denervation: a novel approach to combat cardiometabolic disease

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Cardiometabolic disorders are associated with a substantial loss in quality of life and pose a large burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system has been shown to be a key player in several aspects relating to cardiometabolic disturbances. While diet- and exercise-induced approaches to help reduce weight remains the main strategy to combat metabolic disorders, this is often difficult to achieve. Current pharmacological approaches result in variable responses in different patient cohorts and long-term efficacy may be limited by medication side effects and non-adherence in the long term. There is a clear clinical need for complementary therapies to curb the burden of cardiometabolic disease. One such approach may include interventional sympathetic neuromodulation of organs relevant to cardiometabolic control. Data from sham-controlled clinical trials demonstrate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of catheter-based renal denervation. In analogy, denervation of the common hepatic artery is now feasible in humans and may prove to be similarly useful in modulating sympathetic overdrive directed towards the liver, pancreas and duodenum. Such a targeted multi-organ neuromodulation strategy may beneficially influence multiple aspects of the cardiometabolic disease continuum including blood pressure, glucose and lipid control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1758
Number of pages12
JournalHypertension Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


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