Holy Name performs 1st ultrasound renal denervation procedure in N.J.

On March 13, Holy Name Cardiologist Dr. Jaffar Raza, performed a Òrenal denervation procedure". This procedure oblates the renal nerves and arteries and prevents disease progression for patients with hypertension. Jaffar Raza, MD pictured during the procedure. Photo by Jeff Rhode / Holy Name

Holy Name has successfully completed the first ultrasound renal denervation procedure in New Jersey, according to an announcement from the Teaneck-based health care facility.

The procedure, which is designed to significantly lower a patient’s blood pressure and has been shown to be safe and effective across three randomized controlled clinical trials, was performed by Dr. Jaffar Raza, an interventional cardiologist at Holy Name, using the Paradise Ultrasound Renal Denervation system.

The FDA-approved procedure offers a safe and effective option for patients who have not responded to traditional blood pressure treatment options, including lifestyle changes and medications. Patients often find it challenging to tolerate medications due to side effects, and adhering to daily medication regimens can be burdensome for many, with patients missing doses or skipping their medications altogether.

Hypertensive patients that remain “uncontrolled,” meaning they have blood pressure outside the normal range, are at an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and cognitive issues.

“This is a significant milestone for Holy Name and our patients,” Raza said. “We are committed to offering the latest and most effective treatments to our patients, and the introduction of ultrasound renal denervation is a testament to our dedication to improving health outcomes in our community.”

The procedure is minimally invasive and may be performed in an outpatient setting, allowing most patients to return home the same day.