First pulmonary denervation in the UK takes place at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 17th August 2016

A team from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have trialled a new treatment procedure for people with pulmonary hypertension, a condition affecting the lungs and heart. Dr Alex Rothman and a research team from the directorates of Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and the Clinical Research Facility carried out the pulmonary artery denervation procedure with a patient in June, the first time this technique has been tested on a patient in the UK. The technique uses high frequency ultrasound waves to de-activate nerves supplying the blood vessels in the lung. It is hoped the process will lead to improvements in heart function, exercise capacity, activity levels and increased wellbeing for the patient. The project is sponsored by the company Sonivie who manufacture the specialised “TIVUS” device (“Therapeutic Intra-Vascular UltraSound”) used in the procedure. For further details please contact Dr Rothman – a.rothman@sheffield.ac.uk