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Marie Antignac, Bara Ibrahima Diop, Diane Macquart de Terline, Melisande Bernard, Bernard Do, Stéphane Méo Ikama, Roland N'Guetta, Dadhi M Balde, Yessoufou Tchabi, Abdallahi Sidi Aly, Ibrahim Ali Toure, Patrick Zabsonre, Jean Marie F Damorou, Jean Laurent Takombe, Christine Fernandez, Muriel Tafflet, Jean Philippe Empana, Pierre François Plouin, Kumar Narayanan, Eloi Marijon, Xavier Jouven
BACKGROUND: The growing menace of poor quality and falsified drugs constitutes a major hazard, compromising healthcare and patient outcomes. Efforts to assess drug standards worldwide have almost exclusively focused on anti-microbial drugs; with no study to date on cardiovascular drugs. Our study aims to assess quality of seven routinely used cardiovascular medications (anticoagulants, antihypertensives and statins) in ten Sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: Drugs were prospectively collected using standardized methods between 2012 and 2014 from licensed (random pharmacies) and unlicensed (street-markets) places of sale in Africa...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641572/a-child-with-hypertension-and-ambiguous-genitalia-an-uncommon-variant-of-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-a-case-report
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Vivek Pant, Suman Baral, Bishal Shrestha, Arjun Tumbapo
BACKGROUND: Deficiency in 11β-hydroxylase as a cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia is uncommon. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hypertension with virilization in any prepubescent child. CASE PRESENTATION: A 12-year-old Asian boy from eastern Nepal presented with pain in his abdomen and hypertension. He was raised as a male but had absent testicles since birth and had precocious puberty. Plasma testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone were below baseline level...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639575/account-for-clinical-heterogeneity-in-assessment-of-catheter-based-renal-denervation-among-resistant-hypertension-patients-subgroup-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Han Chen, Sehee Kim, Xiao-Xi Zeng, Zhi-Bing Chen, Tian-Lei Cui, Zhang-Xue Hu, Yi Li, Ping Fu
BACKGROUND: Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) is a novel treatment for resistant hypertension (RH). A recent meta-analysis reported that RDN did not significantly reduce blood pressure (BP) based on the pooled effects with mild to severe heterogeneity. The aim of the present study was to identify and reduce clinical sources of heterogeneity and reassess the safety and efficacy of RDN within the identified homogeneous subpopulations. METHODS: This was a meta-analysis of 9 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) among patients with RH up to June 2016...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628970/a-randomized-double-blind-clinical-study-on-blood-pressure-reduction-and-blood-lipid-profile-amelioration-on-treatment-with-ankascin-568
#4
Chien-Li Chen, Jen-Ho Tseng, Tzu-Ming Pan, Sheng-Huang Hsiao
Hypertension and cardiovascular complications are the leading causes of death worldwide. Antihypertensive drugs often cause various side effects, and improper use of antihypertensive medications can result in irreparable damage. Edible fungi of the Monascus species have been used as traditional Chinese medicines in Southeast Asia for several centuries. The fermented products of Monascus purpureus NTU 568 (ANKASCIN 568) possess a number of functional secondary metabolites including the anti-inflammatory pigments monascin and ankaflavin...
June 30, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624170/predictors-of-visit-to-visit-blood-pressure-variability-in-patients-with-hypertension-an-analysis-of-trials-with-an-amlodipine-treatment-arm
#5
Ji-Guang Wang, Duo Zhou, Barrett W Jeffers
We conducted a post hoc analysis of blood pressure (BP) data from long-term antihypertensive trials to identify predictors of visit-to-visit BP variability (BPV). BPV was defined as the within-subject coefficient of variation in systolic BP from week 12 onward. BP data from the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial-Blood Pressure Lowering Arm, Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial, Comparison of Amlodipine Versus Enalapril to Limit Occurrences of Thrombosis, NY92011, and R-0510 trials were pooled and dichotomized into top 25th and bottom 75th percentiles because of positive skew...
May 29, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623784/antihypertensive-and-vasodilator-effects-of-methanolic-extract-of-inula-viscosa-biological-evaluation-and-pom-analysis-of-cynarin-chlorogenic-acid-as-potential-hypertensive
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Zineb Hakkou, Alexandre Maciuk, Veronique Leblais, Nour Elhouda Bouanani, Hassane Mekhfi, Mohammed Bnouham, Mohammed Aziz, Abderrahime Ziyyat, Abdur Rauf, Taibi Ben Hadda, Usama Shaheen, Seema Patel, Rodolphe Fischmeister, Abdelkhaleq Legssyer
BACKGROUND: Inula viscosa L. (Asteraceae) is a medicinal plant widely used as a folk medicine in oriental Morocco, to treat hypertension. The antihypertensive effect of the methanolic extract obtained from I. viscosa leaves was evaluated in hypertensive L-NAME rats. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured using a non-invasive indirect tail-cuff plethysmographic method. Four groups of rats were used: a control group; a hypertensive group treated with L-NAME (32mg/kg/day); a positive control group treated with L-NAME plus enalapril (15mg/kg/day) as a reference antihypertensive agent; and a group treated with L-NAME plus MeOH-extract (40mg/kg/day)...
June 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621587/treatment-of-severe-hypertension-in-a-14-year-old-child-successful-blood-pressure-control-with-additive-administration-of-captopril-an-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-in-a-patient-with-bilateral-renovascular-hypertension
#7
Xin Zhang, Ying Xu, Xiaoping Chen, Si Wang, Xinran Li, Xin Yan
We report a 14-year-old boy with recurrent episodes of headache caused by uncontrolled hypertension. The diagnosis of renovascular hypertension due to Takaysu arteritis (TA) was made based on an increase in erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) and computed tomography (CT) image of bilateral renal artery stenosis was taken. Renal scintigraphy revealed normal perfusion and function of the right kidney and severe reduction of the perfusion and function of the left kidney. Careful drug adjustments significantly improved but did not fully control the blood pressure (BP); further, angioplasty, which showed almost occlusion of the left renal artery opening and the minor narrowing of the right renal artery, failed to regain sufficient BP control...
June 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619601/ldl-cholesterol-was-more-strongly-associated-with-percent-body-fat-than-body-mass-index-and-waist-circumference-in-a-health-screening-population
#8
Eiji Oda
AIMS: To compare correlations between changes in cardiovascular risk factors and those in obesity indices and to compare associations with incident hyper-LDL cholesterolemia among obesity indices. METHODS: Correlation coefficients were calculated between 7-year changes in cardiovascular risk factors and those in body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and percent body fat (PBF) in 634 men and 396 women who used no antihypertensive, antidiabetic or antihyperlipidemic drugs...
June 12, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616215/the-impact-of-renal-protection-clinics-on-prescription-of-and-adherence-to-cardioprotective-drug-therapy-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
#9
Fanny Lepeytre, Héloise Cardinal, Lorraine Fradette, Jacobien Verhave, Marc Dorais, Jacques LeLorier, Vincent Pichette, François Madore
Background: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of follow-up in renal protection clinics on the prescription of and adherence to cardioprotective drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: We studied stage 4 and 5 CKD patients who initiated follow-up in three renal protection clinics. The prescription pattern of antihypertensive agents (AHA) and lipid-lowering agents (LLAs) was measured as the percentage of patients who are prescribed the agents of interest at a given time. Adherence to drug therapy was defined as the percentage of days, during a pre-defined observation period, in which patients have an on-hand supply of their prescribed medications...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614094/plasma-renin-activity-to-plasma-aldosterone-concentration-ratio-correlates-with-night-time-and-pulse-pressures-in-essential-hypertensive-patients-treated-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-at1-blockers
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Francesco Spannella, Federico Giulietti, Paolo Balietti, Elisabetta Borioni, Francesca E Lombardi, Maddalena Ricci, Guido Cocci, Laura Landi, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVES: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and AT1 blockers (ARB) are commonly used antihypertensive drugs, but several factors may affect their effectiveness. We evaluated the associations between ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring (ABPM) parameters and plasma renin activity (PRA)-to-plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) ratio (RAR) to test renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibition in essential hypertensive patients treated with ACE-I or ARB for at least 12 months...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612423/chemiluminescence-selectivity-enhancement-in-the-on-chip-ru-bpy-3-2-system-the-potential-role-of-buffer-type-and-ph-in-the-determination-of-hydrochlorothiazide-in-combined-formulations-and-human-plasma
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Afsal Mohammed Kadavilpparampu, Haider A J Al Lawati, Fakhr Eldin O Suliman
A simple and highly selective on-chip Ru(bpy)3(2+) -oxidant chemiluminescence (CL) approach for estimation of a diuretic drug, hydrochlorothiazide (HCZ), in biological fluids was realized in the presence of other fixed-dose combination drugs by manipulating simultaneously the method of active species (Ru(bpy)3(3+) ) production and type of carrier buffer with pH used for the CL reaction. Chemical oxidation processes involved in the Ru(bpy)3(2+) -Ce(IV) CL system have been successfully miniaturised in this study using a microfabricated device to generate Ru(bpy)3(3+) instantaneously...
June 14, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611784/the-central-role-of-endothelial-dysfunction-in-cardiorenal-syndrome
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REVIEW
Jun Zhang, Teodoro Bottiglieri, Peter A McCullough
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction (ED) has emerged as a critical process in cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). The concept that ED is closely linked with cardiac and renal dysfunction has become an important target for CRS-related research and clinical practice. SUMMARY: The sequence of events leading to ED is initiated by type I endothelial activation (almost immediately) and type II endothelial activation (over hours, days, and even months), followed by endothelial apoptosis and endothelial necrosis...
February 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611687/the-effect-of-renal-denervation-on-plasma-adipokine-profile-in-patients-with-treatment-resistant-hypertension
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Nina Eikelis, Dagmara Hering, Petra Marusic, Jacqueline Duval, Louise J Hammond, Antony S Walton, Elisabeth A Lambert, Murray D Esler, Gavin W Lambert, Markus P Schlaich
Background: We previously demonstrated the effectiveness of renal denervation (RDN) to lower blood pressure (BP) at least partially via the reduction of sympathetic stimulation to the kidney. A number of adipocyte-derived factors are implicated in BP control in obesity. Aim: The aim of this study was to examine whether RDN may have salutary effects on the adipokine profile in patients with resistant hypertension (RH). Methods: Fifty seven patients with RH undergoing RDN program have been included in this study (65% males, age 60...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611637/a-case-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-induced-by-cisplatin-pemetrexed-chemotherapy-for-lung-cancer
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Masashi Ishihara, Noriyuki Matsutani, Shuji Ota, Nobuhiko Seki
This report presents the case of a 60-year-old woman who was diagnosed with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma with asymptomatic brain metastases and commenced chemotherapy with cisplatin/pemetrexed (CDDP/Pem). She experienced tonic-clonic convulsions on day 9 of the first cycle, which were accompanied by increased blood pressure (173/69 mm Hg) and headache. Therefore, brain MRI was performed to check for stroke or progression of brain metastatic foci. T2-weighted, FLAIR, and ADC map images showed high-intensity areas in the subcortical region of the bilateral parieto-occipital lobes, leading to a diagnosis of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608480/sgk1-nedd4-2-signaling-pathway-regulates-the-activity-of-human-organic-anion-transporters-3
#15
Haoxun Wang, Guofeng You
Human organic anion transporter 3 (hOAT3) is localized at the basolateral membrane of renal proximal tubule cells and facilitates renal secretion of numerous clinical drugs, including anti-HIV therapeutics, anti-tumor drugs, antibiotics, antihypertension drugs, and anti-inflammatories. In the present study, we explored the role of serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1 (sgk1) in the regulation of hOAT3. We showed that over-expression of sgk1 in hOAT3-expressing cells stimulated hOAT3 transport activity by enhancing the transporter expression at the plasma membrane, kinetically reflected as an increased maximal transport velocity Vmax without substantial change in substrate-binding affinity Km ...
June 13, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608026/monotherapy-and-dual-combination-therapies-based-on-olmesartan-a-comprehensive-strategy-to-improve-blood-pressure-control
#16
REVIEW
Massimo Volpe, Caterina Santolamazza, Vittoria Mastromarino, Roberta Coluccia, Allegra Battistoni, Giuliano Tocci
Olmesartan medoxomil is an antihypertensive drug of the class of angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonists (or blockers), characterized by tight and prolonged binding to AT1 receptor compared to other molecules within the same class. These characteristics produce effective and sustained blood pressure reductions in hypertensive patients at different cardiovascular risk profile with a good tolerability profile. After a brief description of the pharmacological characteristics of olmesartan, we will provide a thorough overview of the clinical studies that investigated its efficacy and safety in the clinical management of hypertensive patients both in monotherapy and in dual combination therapies with either thiazide diuretics or calcium channel blockers...
June 12, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607130/s1pr1-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-signaling-regulates-blood-flow-and-pressure
#17
Anna Cantalupo, Antonella Gargiulo, Elona Dautaj, Catherine Liu, Yi Zhang, Timothy Hla, Annarita Di Lorenzo
Nitric oxide is one of the major endothelial-derived vasoactive factors that regulate blood pressure (BP), and the bioactive lipid mediator S1P (sphingosine-1-phosphate) is a potent activator of endothelial nitric oxide synthase through G protein-coupled receptors. Endothelial-derived S1P and the autocrine/paracrine activation of S1PR (S1P receptors) play an important role in preserving vascular functions and BP homeostasis. Furthermore, FTY720 (fingolimod), binding to 4 out of 5 S1PRs recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat autoimmune conditions, induces a modest and transient decrease in heart rate in both animals and humans, suggesting that drugs targeting sphingolipid signaling affect cardiovascular functions in vivo...
June 12, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605330/effect-of-antihypertensive-drug-treatment-on-oxidative-stress-markers-in-heart-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rat-models
#18
Nik Syamimi Nik Yusoff, Zulkarnain Mustapha, Sharifah Emilia Tuan Sharif, Chandran Govindasamy, Kuttulebbai Nainamohamed Salam Sirajudeen
Oxidative stress has been suggested to play a role in hypertension- and hypertension-induced organ damage. The effect of antihypertensive drug treatments on oxidative stress markers has not been well assessed. Therefore, in this study we investigated the effect of enalapril on oxidative stress markers in hearts of hypertensive rat models such as spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and SHRs administered N-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (SHR+L-NAME rats). Male rats were divided into four groups: SHRs, SHR+enalapril (SHR-E) rats, SHR+L-NAME rats, SHR+enalapril+L-NAME (SHRE+L-NAME) rats...
2017: Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602580/a-comparison-of-outcomes-in-patients-with-infrapopliteal-disease-randomised-to-vein-bypass-or-plain-balloon-angioplasty-in-the-bypass-vs-angioplasty-in-severe-ischaemia-of-the-leg-basil-trial
#19
M A Popplewell, H O B Davies, J Narayanswami, M Renton, A Sharp, G Bate, S Patel, J Deeks, A W Bradbury
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to compare outcomes in a subgroup of patients with infrapopliteal (IP) disease randomised to infrapopliteal vein bypass (VB) or plain balloon angioplasty (PBA) in the original BASIL trial. METHODS: A comparison of outcomes from patients randomised to VB or PBA undergoing revascularisation for severe limb ischaemia (SLI) because of IP disease with or without femoropopliteal disease. Data were extracted from case report forms from the BASIL trial...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600736/blood-pressure-management-in-children-on-dialysis
#20
F Paglialonga, S Consolo, A Edefonti, G Montini
Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular complications in children on dialysis. Volume overload and activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system play a major role in the pathophysiology of hypertension. The first step in managing blood pressure (BP) is the careful assessment of ambulatory BP monitoring. Volume control is essential and should start with the accurate identification of dry weight, based on a comprehensive assessment, including bioimpedance analysis and intradialytic blood volume monitoring (BVM)...
June 9, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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