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A single center, prospective, observational study was performed. A total of 96 subjects were given irbesartan 150 mg/d for 4 weeks. Twenty-six were divided into single-dose (150 mg/d) irbesartan group when their clinical efficacy were eligible for improvement criteria and 70 were divided into high-dose (300 - 600 mg/d) irbesartan group when there were no effect for single-dose treatment. Both groups received treatment for 48 weeks. Then 24-hour quantitative urine protein, systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, TC, LDL-C, plasma albumin, serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, blood uric acid, serum potassium and ALT were determined.
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Dogs in sinus rhythm, 2 and 5 weeks CAVB were compared to dogs chronically treated with Irbesartan (30 mg/kg BID). Endocardial monophasic APD of left and right ventricle was measured and susceptibility to torsade de pointes was tested by infusing Dofetilide (0.025 mg/kg/5'). Hypertrophy was determined by relating heart-to-body weight at sacrifice. Left ventricular APD had increased more than right ventricular APD at 2 and 5 weeks CAVB, leading to an increase in spatial dispersion. At that time torsade de pointes were evocable in the majority of the dogs. Hypertrophy had only developed completely at 5 weeks CAVB. Irbesartan had no effect on electrical and structural parameters or on arrhythmogenicity.
Tissue microarrays were used to screen right atrial tissue specimens obtained from 320 consecutive patients for differences in atrial expression of the prothrombogenic proteins VCAM-1, ICAM-1, thrombomodulin, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, and von Willebrand factor. An in vitro organotypic human atrial tissue model and a pig model of rapid atrial pacing were used to determine the therapeutic impact of angiotensin II receptor blockade. Immunohistochemical analyses showed that all prothrombogenic proteins are expressed by endocardial cells. Using multivariable analysis, only the intensity of VCAM-1 expression was increased in patients with AF (P=0.03). Increased atrial VCAM-1 expression was confirmed by Western blotting in patients with persistent and paroxysmal AF (persistent AF 207+/-42% versus sinus rhythm 100+/-16%, P=0.028; paroxysmal AF 193+/-42%, P=0.024 versus sinus rhythm). In vitro pacing of ex vivo human atrial tissue slices confirmed that rapid activation causes VCAM-1 upregulation (mRNA and protein levels). Pacing-induced VCAM-1 expression was abolished by olmesartan. To confirm this finding in vivo, VCAM-1 expression was determined in 14 pigs after rapid atrial pacing (600 bpm). Atrial tachycardia caused an upregulation of VCAM-1 expression, which was prevented by irbesartan, consistent with the observed increase in plasma levels of angiotensin II. Alterations in the in vivo VCAM-1 expression were more pronounced in the left atrium (>5-fold compared with sham) than in the right atrium (3.5-fold compared with sham).
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Hypertension associated with hypercholesterolemia is accompanied by structural modifications and expression of pro-inflammatory molecules by the vessel wall, the alteration of vascular tone, enhanced release of MPs and reduced EPCs; the ratio between the latter two may be considered as a marker of vascular dysfunction. Irbesartan, which exhibits a pharmacological control on the levels of MPs and EPCs, has the potential to restore homeostasis of the arterial wall.
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28/53, 52.8%; p = 0.157). RFH pts were more frequently women, had more frequently OSA, had higher baseline BP values, responded less to any intervention (RDN + SOMT or SOMT alone) despite receiving more antihypertensive treatments, had lower plasma creatinine at baseline. The Morisky adherence score was lower (p = 0.085) at baseline than at 6 months in the RFH group.(Figure is included in full-text article.)
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The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of myocardial focal fibrosis quantified by late gadolinium enhanced (LGE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).
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Progressive enlargement of the aortic root, leading to dissection, is the main cause of premature death in patients with Marfan's syndrome. Recent data from mouse models of Marfan's syndrome suggest that aortic-root enlargement is caused by excessive signaling by transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) that can be mitigated by treatment with TGF-beta antagonists, including angiotensin II-receptor blockers (ARBs). We evaluated the clinical response to ARBs in pediatric patients with Marfan's syndrome who had severe aortic-root enlargement.
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A once-daily combination product of irbesartan and atorvastatin provided an effective, safe, and more compliable treatment for patients with coexisting hypertension and hyperlipidemia. ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01442987.
There is incontrovertible evidence that association of type 2 diabetes with hypertension markedly increases the risk of cardiovascular events, death, and nephropathy. In type 2 diabetes, even blood pressure values usually considered below the threshold for hypertension (ie, 140/90 mm Hg) in nondiabetic subjects represent an additional risk of clinical relevance. Evidence that more intensive blood pressure lowering is beneficial in type 2 diabetes over less intensive lowering is also overwhelming. However, most published trials show the need for combination therapy in the great majority of patients, and even with combination therapy it is difficult to attain the expected goal blood pressure, in particular goal systolic blood pressure. It should be recognized that the systolic blood pressure goal of less than 130 mm Hg is a very difficult one to achieve in diabetics. Evidence of the superiority or inferiority of different drug classes is vague and contradictory. Recent evidence concerning angiotensin II receptor antagonists has shown a significant reduction of cardiovascular events, cardiovascular death, and total mortality when losartan was compared with atenolol, but not when irbesartan was compared with amlodipine. If renal endpoints are considered, evidence of the benefit of angiotensin II receptor antagonists in type 2 diabetes is more robust than that available with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Primary prevention of development of microalbuminuria seems to be greatly facilitated by strict blood pressure control. However, by attaining normal blood pressure levels (< 130/80 mm Hg), better preservation of glomerular filtration rate does not seem to be insured.
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There was no significant difference in BG between group DN and DNI (P >0.05). Irb prevented the increasing of Ualb excretion, 24 hUpro, and Ccr in diabetic rats ( P < 0.01). Furthermore, Irb markedly inhibited the increasing of KW, KW/BW, RTP, AG, and VG shown in diabetic rats (P <0.05, P <0.01, respectively). Irb prevented the thickening of GBM and immunostaining of CTGF (P <0.01). The extent of CTGF expression was positively correlated with the glomerular immunostaining for TGF-beta1 and size of VG (P <0.01).
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We hypothesized that angiotensin II type-1 (AT(1)) receptor blocker (AT(1)RB) would prevent adverse left ventricular (LV) remodeling and LV dysfunction when started at the outset of mitral regurgitation (MR).
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Hypertension is a cardiovascular disorder that appears in more than half of the patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome, hemizygous for the elastin gene among 26 to 28 other genes. It was shown that the antihypertensive drug minoxidil, an ATP-dependent potassium channel opener, enhances elastic fiber formation; however, no wide clinical application was developed because of its adverse side effects. The Brown Norway rat was used here as an arterial elastin-deficient model. We tested 3 different potassium channel openers, minoxidil, diazoxide, and pinacidil, and 1 potassium channel blocker, glibenclamide, on cultured smooth muscle cells from Brown Norway rat aorta. All tested potassium channel openers increased mRNAs encoding proteins and enzymes involved in elastic fiber formation, whereas glibenclamide had the opposite effect. The higher steady-state level of tropoelastin mRNA in minoxidil-treated cells was attributable to an increase in both transcription and mRNA stability. Treatment of Brown Norway rats for 10 weeks with minoxidil or diazoxide increased elastic fiber content and decreased cell number in the aortic media, without changing collagen content. The minoxidil-induced cardiac hypertrophy was reduced when animals simultaneously received irbesartan, an angiotensin II-receptor antagonist. This side effect of minoxidil was not observed in diazoxide-treated animals. In conclusion, diazoxide, causing less undesirable side effects than minoxidil, or coadministration of minoxidil and irbesartan, increases elastic fiber content, decreases cell number in the aorta and, thus, could be suitable for treating vascular pathologies characterized by diminished arterial elastin content and simultaneous hypertension.
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Nephrotic syndrome is defined as urine total protein excretion greater than 3.5 g/d or total protein-creatinine ratio greater than 3.5 g/g, low serum albumin level, high serum cholesterol level, and peripheral edema. These threshold levels have not been rigorously evaluated in patients with diabetic kidney disease or by using urine albumin excretion, the preferred measure of proteinuria in patients with diabetes.
Hearts of 4-week-old male SD or transgenic rats were isolated and perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer with or without 10 microM Irb in Langendorff mode. After 15 min of stabilization, pressure-volume curves were obtained and the hearts subjected to 20 min ischemia followed by 30 min reperfusion. A second set of pressure-volume curves was obtained thereafter. Left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP), end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP), total coronary flow (CF) and oxygen consumption (MVO2) were recorded continuously. Myocardial efficiency was derived from the slope of relations of MVO2 to pressure/volume area. After 20 min ischemia, LVEDP was significantly higher in transgenic than in SD (35.7+/-1.8 vs. 29.2+/-1.0 mmHg, P<0.05) or Irb treated transgenic hearts (24.3+/-1.6 mmHg, P<0.05). Myocardial efficiency was increased by Irb before ischemia. Ischemia increased efficiency in SD but not in transgenic rats, Irb increased efficiency in transgenic hearts post-ischemia.
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We used a New Zealand white rabbit model of cationized bovine serum albumin (cBSA)-induced glomerulonephritis and then administered them metoprolol, irbesartan or acupuncture to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and preliminarily explore its potential mechanism.
In all, 31 RCTs (n = 13,110 patients) were included in the analysis. Six studies include trial arms with candesartan, six irbesartan, 13 losartan, two olmesartan, five telmisartan and 12 valsartan. The weighted average reduction in mean SBP and DBP for valsartan 160 mg was -15.32 mmHg (95% CI: -17.09, -13.63) and -11.3 mmHg (95% CI: -12.15, -10.52) and for 320 mg was -15.85 mmHg (95% CI: -17.60, -14.12) and -11.97 mmHg (95% CI: -12.81, -11.16); these are statistically significantly greater reductions compared with losartan 100 mg, which was -12.01 mmHg (95% CI: -13.78, -10.25) and -9.37 mmHg (95% CI: -10.18, -8.54) for SBP and DBP respectively. There is evidence that valsartan 160 mg reduces SBP and DBP more than irbesartan 150 mg and reduced DBP more than candesartan 16 mg. No other statistically significant difference in efficacy is demonstrated.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterized by destruction of the arterial media associated with loss of vascular smooth muscle cells, infiltration of mononuclear cells, and high concentration of metalloproteinases (MMPs) and cytokines. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) has recently been identified in atherosclerosis. The presence and functional importance of OPG in human AAA was investigated.
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This article reviews the pharmacology of the various angiotensin receptor antagonists available in Australia, including their mode of action, side effects and potential drug interactions.
Olmesartan provides better antihypertensive efficacy than losartan and valsartan and has no association with an increased risk of adverse events in comparison with losartan, valsartan, candesartan, and irbesartan.
Diastolic function was impaired in both hypertensive groups. Irbesartan and atenolol (week 48, septal wall) improved IVRTm (-44%, P<.001, and -19%, P<.001; P
Based on the reduction of ischemic cardiac events in clinical trials and experimental observations, inhibition of the effects of angiotensin II on coronary microcirculatory function may afford myocardial protection after injury. The immediate effects of intracoronary AT1 receptor blockade with irbesartan were examined in a pig model in the healthy myocardium and in acute ischemia induced by injection of 30-microm microspheres into the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Electron-beam computed tomography was performed for in-vivo quantitative measurements of regional intramyocardial vascular blood volume (V(B)) and perfusion (F(M)), as well as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and muscle mass. Ratios of V(B) and F(M) in the anterior (LAD-supplied)/ inferior (control) myocardium were generated. At baseline, 0.2 mg/kg irbesartan injected into the LAD increased V(B) and F(M) ratios significantly by 27 +/- 8% and 51 +/- 13%, respectively. After anterior coronary microembolization, V(B) and F(M) ratios were 0.60 +/- 0.05 and 0.51 +/- 0.05, respectively, and were significantly increased by irbesartan (by 24 +/- 10% and by 36 +/- 11%, respectively). After 4 weeks of treatment with oral irbesartan (n = 7) or placebo (n = 7), an improved LVEF (56 +/- 4% v 44 +/- 4%, P = .046) was observed in irbesartan-treated animals, but no difference in LV end-diastolic volumes or muscle mass. Resting V(B) (0.95 +/- 0.06 v 0.76 +/- 0.06; P = .047) and F(M) (0.84 +/- 0.05 v 0.64 +/- 0.04; P = .016) ratios were significantly greater in irbesartan-treated animals. Using adenosine, there was a trend for higher V(B) and F(M) ratios in irbesartan- v placebo-treated animals. Therefore, in a pig model of acute myocardial ischemia, AT1 receptor blockade by irbesartan induced microvascular vasodilation and, ostensibly, conveyed myocardial protection. Long-term treatment with irbesartan resulted in moderate enhancements of resting V(B) and F(M) compared with placebo, suggesting a role for coronary microcirculatory effects of chronic AT1 receptor blockade in preserving LVEF.
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The mean age of the cohort was 58 ± 11 years (range: 21-88). Sixty-nine (30%) patients were on the irbesartan/HCTZ combination (150/12.5 mg) and 163 (70%) were on the valsartan/HCTZ combination. The patients on the valsartan/HCTZ combination were divided into two subgroups: 117 (72%) received 160/12.5 mg and 46 (28%) 80/12.5 mg. Diabetic patients (43/69, 62%, vs. 61/163, 37%, p < 0.001) and those with diabetic nephropathy (8/69, 12%, vs. 7/163, 4%, p = 0.039) were prescribed more often irbesartan/HCTZ than valsartan/HCTZ. In comparison to the valsartan/HCTZ cohort, the irbesartan/HCTZ group was associated with significant reductions in both systolic BP (SBP; -9 vs. -2 mm Hg; p = 0.021) and diastolic BP (DBP; -5 vs. 0 mm Hg; p = 0.022). BP reductions were noted more in diabetics than nondiabetics with the irbesartan/HCTZ patients associated with significant reductions in both SBP (-12 vs. 5.1 mm Hg; p < 0.001) and DBP (-6.4 vs. 1.9 mm Hg; p = 0.001).
Cardiovascular (CV) events are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in haemodialysis (HD) patients. Hypertension, increased arterial stiffness and left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy are highly prevalent and are often poorly controlled. Volume overload is an important factor and survival could be improved by treatment strategies that preserve residual renal function (RRF), reduce blood pressure, and decrease arterial stiffness and LV hypertrophy. Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) treatment can prevent CV events in patients with hypertension and heart failure. However, few data exist in patients with chronic renal failure and it is not known whether ARB treatment improves clinical outcome in HD patients.
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We studied the hemodynamic, neurohumoral, and biochemical effects of the novel angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist irbesartan in 86 untreated patients with essential hypertension on a normal sodium diet. According to a double-blind parallel group trial, patients were randomized to a once-daily oral dose of the AT1 receptor antagonist (1, 25, or 100 mg) or placebo after a placebo run-in period of 3 weeks. Randomization medication was given for 1 week. Compared with placebo, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure did not change with the 1-mg dose, and it fell (mean and 95% confidence interval) by 7.0 (4.2-9.8)/6.1 (3.9-8.1) mm Hg with the 25-mg dose and by 12.1 (8.1-16.2)/7.2 (4.9-9.4) mm Hg with the 100-mg dose. Heart rate did not change during either dose. With the 25-mg dose, the antihypertensive effect was attenuated during the second half of the recording, and with the 100-mg dose, it was maintained for 24 hours. Baseline values of renin and the antihypertensive response to the 25- and 100-mg doses were well correlated (r = .68, P < .01). Renin did not change with the 1-mg dose, but it rose threefold to fourfold with the 25-mg dose and fourfold to fivefold with the 100-mg dose 4 to 6 hours after administration. With the 100-mg dose, renin was still elevated twofold 24 hours after dosing. The changes in renin induced by the AT1 receptor antagonist were associated with parallel increments in angiotensin I and angiotensin II. Aldosterone, despite AT1 receptor blockade, did not fall.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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WE REPORT THE FIRST CASE OF NONARTERITIC ANTERIOR ISCHEMIC NEUROPATHY (NAION) ASSOCIATED WITH DOUBLE THROMBOPHILIA: protein S deficiency and prothrombin G20210A mutation. A 58-year-old man is presented including the clinical and laboratory findings, cardiovascular profile and thrombophilia screening. The patient presented with 3/10 vision and an inferior altitudinal defect in the right eye. Funduscopic examination of the right eye revealed a hyperemic optic disk with blurred superior optic disk border and sectoral nerve fiber layer edema. Complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein were normal, suggesting a NAION. A workup of cardiovascular risk factors revealed hyperlipidemia, arterial hypertension and high-risk asymptomatic coronary artery disease. Due to the family history of deep vein thrombosis in the patient's daughter, a thrombophilia screening was additionally performed. The results revealed a double thrombophilic defect, namely congenital protein S deficiency and heterozygosity for prothrombin G20210A mutation, which were also identified in the patient's daughter. Anticoagulant warfarin therapy was initiated and the patient underwent a triple bypass surgery. At three-month follow-up, the right optic disk edema had resolved, leaving a pale superior optic nerve head. Visual acuity in the right eye had slightly improved to 4/10; however, the dense inferior altitudinal field defect had remained unchanged. The patient is currently treated with warfarin, atorvastatin, irbesartan and metoprolol. This case suggests that the first line of investigation in all patients with NAION involves assessment of cardiovascular risk factors. However, careful history taking will identify NAION patients who are eligible for additional thrombophilia screening: young patients without vasculopathic risk factors, bilateral or recurrent NAION, idiopathic or recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE), positive family history of VTE, and VTE in young age or in unusual sites (e.g. cerebral, hepatic, mesenteric, or renal vein).
A total of 14 820 hypertensive patients were included in the study. After 6 weeks with irbesartan 150mg od, in terms of their response to treatment, 8861 (61.9%) were normalised (DBP <90mm Hg), 1963 (13.7%) non-normalised responders (DBP > or = 90mm Hg with a decrease in DBP > or = 10mm Hg) and 3154 (22%) non-normalised non-responders (DBP > or = 90mm Hg with a decrease in DBP <10mm Hg); 842 patients did not respect the protocol and could not be evaluated. The 1963 non-normalised responders were randomly assigned at week 6 to either irbesartan 150mg od (n = 963) or irbesartan 300mg od (n = 1000) for 5 weeks. A greater reduction in mean DBP was found in the group treated with irbesartan 300mg (p < 0.001). There were no significant differences in terms of number or severity of adverse events between the two groups of patients.