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Samir H Assaad-Khalil, Nashwa Nashaat
BACKGROUND: EXCITE (clinical experience of amlodipine and valsartan in hypertension) evaluated the real-world effectiveness and safety of single-pill combinations (SPCs) of amlodipine/valsartan (Aml/Val) and amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide (Aml/Val/HCTZ) in patients with hypertension from the Middle East and Asia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report the results of EXCITE study from Egypt, where all patients were prescribed Aml/Val. METHODS: This was a 26-week, observational, multicenter, prospective, non-interventional, open-label study...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Muthiah Vaduganathan, Akshay S Desai
Composite angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibition (ARNi) represents a novel pharmacologic strategy for treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the PARADIGM-HF (Prospective comparison of ARNi with ACEi to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure) trial of 8399 subjects with HFrEF, treatment with the ARNi LCZ696 (sacubitril/valsartan) was associated with statistically important reductions in cardiovascular death, all-cause mortality, and the composite of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization in comparison with enalapril...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Jingrui Chen, Wenjie Cao, Patrick Fordjour Asare, Ming Lv, Zhu Yan, Lan Li, Jing Wei, Hui Gao, Han Zhang, Haoping Mao, Xiumei Gao, Guanwei Fan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Danhong injection (DHI) is a standardized product extracted from Radix et Rhizoma Salviae Miltiorrhizae and Flos Carthami ,which has been long applied mainly used to treat ischemic encephalopathy and cardiac diseases including myocardial infarction and angina in clinical practice. AIM OF THE STUDY: Aim of this study was to investigate the salutary effects of DHI by slowing ventricular remodeling and improving cardiac function after myocardial infarction (MI) in rats...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Barry H Greenberg
The treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection (HFrEF) is changing rapidly. Advances over the past several decades have focused on blocking the adverse effects of neurohormonal activation. This approach has resulted in marked improvement in outcomes in the HFrEF population. Despite these advances, however, mortality and morbidity remain high and HFrEF patients have poor quality of life. New approaches to therapy now offer additional benefits. Combined neprilysin inhibition and angiotensin receptor blockade using sacubitril-valsartan (LCZ696) has been shown to be superior to an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor in HFrEF patients...
2016: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
Surya Ayalasomayajula, Thomas H Langenickel, Priya Chandra, Edward D Wolfson, Diego Albrecht, Wei Zhou, Parasar Pal, Iris Rajman, Gangadhar Sunkara
OBJECTIVE: Sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) provides a novel therapeutic approach of neurohormonal modulation in heart failure via simultaneous inhibition of neprilysin and blockade of the angiotensin II type-1 receptor. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of food on the oral bioavailability of LCZ696 analytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an open-label, randomized, 3-period crossover study in healthy subjects. Eligible subjects (N = 36) were randomized to 6 treatment sequences, each comprising 3 treatment periods during which subjects received a single oral dose of 400 mg LCZ696 under fasting condition and following a low- and high-fat meal...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Rok Accetto, Irina Yevgenyevna Chazova, Yuriy Sirenko, Josip Vincelj, Jiri Widimsky, Breda Barbic Zagar
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The aim of the study was to establish the efficacy and safety of Valsacor® (valsartan) and Valsacombi® (combination of valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide) in wide populations of patients with mild to moderate arterial hypertension. METHODS: We performed an international, multicentre, open labelled, prospective trial. After one week of washout in previously treated patients, the patients were treated for 16 weeks according to the schedule. Naïve patients enter the treatment immediately...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Abdel Naser Zaid, Masshour Ghanem, Dua'a Shweiki, Hala Shtewi, Raja' Shaheen, Sondos Al Helaly, Zeina Khayyat, Rowa'a Al Ramahi, Sa'ed H Zyoud
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the general quality of the most prescribed products of valsartan (VL; alone or in combination) and to evaluate their efficacy and safety among Palestinian population through in vivo postmarketing surveillance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The first part was pharmacopeial quality control assay, including dissolution, disintegration, friability, and weight uniformity for VL. The second part was a 3-month cardiology clinics, observational, postmarketing surveillance pilot study that included 103 hypertensive patients who were prescribed 80 mg or 160 mg of VL as monotherapy or combination therapy...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Titus W P van den Heuvel, Adam F Cohen, Robert Rissmann
In this article, we consider the new drugs approved for the European market in 2015. We present a summary of the new mechanisms of action introduced and highlight three new mechanisms of action with a potentially high future impact: PCSK9 inhibition (alirocumab (Praluent®) and evolocumab (Repatha®)) for hypercholesterolaemia, neprilysin inhibition (sacubitril in combination with valsartan (Entresto®)) for heart failure, and interleukin-5 inhibition (mepolizumab (Nucala®)) for asthma.
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
M A Weber, G L Bakris, W B White, L Xie, D Bharucha, M Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
J Ishak, M Rael, H Punzi, A Gradman, M Patel, S Ali, W Ferguson, J Neutel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
Wilbert S Aronow
Heart failure is the commonest cause of hospitalization and of rehospitalization This review paper is a comprehensive review of current treatment of heart failure in 2016. The target of this review is all health care professionals who treat patients with heart failure. Areas covered: This article discusses stages of heart failure, treatment of heart failure with general measures, and drug therapy with diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta blockers, aldosterone antagonists, isosorbide dinitrate plus hydralazine, digoxin, other neurohormonal antagonists, sacubitril/valsartan, calcium channel blockers, and ivabradine...
October 11, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Tal Saar, Lorinne Levitt, Hagai Amsalem
Background. Late pregnancy usage of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) may cause severe oligohydramnios due to fetal renal impairment. Affected neonates will often suffer from fatal, renal, and respiratory failure. Case. A 39-year-old multigravida admitted due to anhydramnios secondary to valsartan (ARB) exposure at 30 weeks' gestation. Following secession of treatment amniotic fluid volume returned to normal. Delivery was induced at 34 weeks' gestation following premature rupture of membranes and maternal fever...
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Loretta Fala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
Erik H Howell, Scott J Cameron
Heart failure (HF) is a manifestation of aberrant vascular responses and remains a public health concern with a worldwide prevalence of around 23 million and a 5-year mortality numerically equivalent to many cancers. Over the last two decades, mortality from HF reached a plateau with current pharmaceutical agents and mechanical cardiac support. In the last several years, various "novel" pharmaceutical agents have been tested in clinical trials and ultimately met with disappointment, showing only incremental benefit in the treatment of HF...
September 26, 2016: Cardiology Journal
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BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk of progression to end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular disease. Data from other populations and animal experiments suggest that neprilysin inhibition (which augments the natriuretic peptide system) may reduce these risks, but clinical trials among patients with CKD are required to test this hypothesis. METHODS: UK Heart and Renal Protection III (HARP-III) is a multicentre, double-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing sacubitril/valsartan 97/103 mg two times daily (an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor) with irbesartan 300 mg one time daily among 414 patients with CKD...
September 19, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Qiongying Wang, Peng Chang, Han Xu, Feng Bai, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension induced hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction and is associated with cardiac oxidation and reduced NO production. We hypothesized that tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) can regulate the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway and reverse cardiac hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction in spontaneously hypertensive rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Ten-week-old male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and age-matched normotensive control Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were divided into five groups, WKY,WKY + BH4, SHR, SHR + BH4 and SHR + VAL...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhao Yang, Ma Ruixin, Yu Jing
OBJECTIVE: The role of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) and the gene variants of its components in hypertension have been investigated in various studies. A local tissue-specific renin-angiotensin system (local RAS) has considered as a regulator of cardiovascular physiology and homeostasis. However, no report has described the vagina protective efficacy of RAS inhibitors including ARB and ACEI. Therefore, we aim to investigate the effect of ARBs and ACEI on the vagina and cardiac expression of the local renin-angiotensin components...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
ByungSu Yoo
Heart failure (HF) represents a significant healthcare issue because of its ever-increasing prevalence, poor prognosis and complex pathophysiology. The cornerstone of modern drug therapy in chronic HF is the inhibition of neurohormonal activation that plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of HF development and progression and, more specifically, of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and the sympathetic nervous system. LCZ696 is a first-in-class, angiotensin receptor NEP inhibitor (ARNI) that consists of a supramolecular complex of a molecule of the ARB valsartan in combination with a molecule of the NEP inhibitor prodrug AHU377 (also known as sacubitril)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hae-Young Lee, Chan-Soon Park, Sang-Hoon Na, Kyung-Jin Kim, Chan Joo Lee, Sungha Park
A 47-year-old woman was admitted via emergency department due to dyspnea NYHA Fc II-III aggravated for 2 months after upper respiratory infection. Her height and body weight were 161 cm / 67 kg. Initial vital signs were 110/70 mmHg - 112 BPM - 24/min - 36.5°C. Chest PA showed cardiomegaly and pulmonary congestion (Figure 1). B-natriuretic peptide level was markedly increased (2002 pg/mL, normal range ≤ 100 pg/mL). The echocardiographic examination showed severely dilated LV cavity (61/72 mm) and severe LV systolic dysfunction (EF 28%) with normal left ventricular wall thickness (9/11 mm) (Figure 2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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