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arterial vasodilators

Alexandre de Araujo, Augusto Mantovani, Carlos Thadeu Schmidt Cerski, Antonio Barros Lopes, Luiza Cristina Bortoncello, Marcelo Basso Gazzana, Hugo Cheinquer
A 41-year-old woman diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension presented symptoms despite the use of vasodilators, requiring treatment with bosentan. Previously, the patient had no signs of autoimmunity and had normal liver function. After three years of bosentan use, aminotransferase levels increased, without improvement after bosentan suspension, leading to complementary investigation. The diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis was confirmed by biopsy, already in the stage of cirrhosis. In conclusion, in case of aminotransferase levels that remain persistently elevated, despite the reduction in doses and/or suspension of bosentan, autoimmune hepatitis must be investigated and treated urgently due to possibly rapid progression to cirrhosis...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Tadayoshi Miyashita, Ryosuke Koizumi, Yoshimasa Sagane, Koichi Niwa, Toshihiro Watanabe, Kazuhiro Minami
The data provided herein include flow-mediated vasodilation responses, represented by changes in arterial diameter, and blood pressure in young adults after a single oral dose of edible emu oil or placebo (cross-over design). Ten healthy men and 10 healthy women participated. Increased blood flow in the antebrachial region was induced by inflating a pressure cuff and subsequently releasing the pressure by deflating the cuff. After the release, the arterial diameter was continuously monitored for 110 sec using ultrasonic diagnostic equipment...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Concetta Irace, Salvatore De Rosa, Cesare Tripolino, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Caterina Covello, Ennio Abramo, Claudio Carallo, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Daniele Torella, Agostino Gnasso, Ciro Indolfi
Endothelial dysfunction, wall thickening and plaque are progressive manifestations of atherosclerosis. Delayed or absent brachial artery dilation after ischemic stimulus has been associated with severity of extracoronary and coronary atherosclerosis. In the current study, we aimed to verify if delayed or absent dilation associates with critical coronary stenosis. We also evaluated the association between coronary stenosis, carotid artery wall thickness and peripheral artery disease. Endothelial function was investigated by flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery up to 3 min after ischemia, and patients classified as early, late or no dilators...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
Paula K Bautista-Niño, Marien van der Stel, Wendy W Batenburg, René de Vries, Anton J M Roks, A H Jan Danser
Protein kinase G (PKG) Iα mediates the cyclic guanosine monophosphate-mediated vasodilatory effects induced by NO. Endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHFs), like H2 O2 can activate PKGIα in a cyclic guanosine monophosphate-independent manner, but whether this is true for all EDHFs (e.g., S-nitrosothiols) is unknown. Here, we investigated the contribution of PKGIα to bradykinin-, H2 O2 -, L-S-nitrosocysteine-, and light-induced relaxation in porcine coronary arteries, making use of the fact that thioredoxin reductase inhibition with auranofin or 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene potentiates PKGIα...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Osama Abou-Arab, Lucie Martineau, Stéphane Bar, Pierre Huette, Amar Ben Amar, Thierry Caus, Hervé Dupont, Said Kamel, Pierre-Grégoire Guinot, Emmanuel Lorne
OBJECTIVES: Vasoplegic syndrome (VS) affects up to 30% of cardiac surgery patients. Onset of VS may be associated with overproduction of nitric oxide (NO). The response of the brachial artery to NO can be assessed using flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD). The aim of this study was to assess brachial artery diameter and FMD response immediately after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: Single-center study in a tertiary teaching hospital...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Aiko Ogawa, Yukari Takahashi, Hiromi Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) are rare causes of pulmonary hypertension. Although diagnosis is based on pathological findings, an early diagnosis is crucial because of poor prognosis compared to other types of pulmonary hypertension. Furthermore, vasodilators may cause fatal pulmonary edema in patients with PVOD/PCH. This study aimed to identify specific characteristics for patients with PVOD/PCH to clinically diagnose PVOD/PCH...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Charles E Norton, Steven S Segal
The sensory neurotransmitter calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is associated with vasodilation of systemic arteries through activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) in smooth muscle cells (SMCs), however its effects on endothelial cell (EC) membrane potential (Vm) are unresolved. In pulmonary arteries (PAs) of C57BL/6J mice, we questioned whether CGRP would hyperpolarize ECs as well as SMCs. Intact PAs were isolated and immunostained for CGRP to confirm sensory innervation; vessel segments (length, 1-2 mm; diameter ∼150 µm) with intact or denuded endothelium were cannulated and pressurized to 16 cm H2O at 37{degree sign}C...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Ran Kornowski, Hana Vaknin-Assa, Abid Assali, Gabriel Greenberg, Orna Valtzer, Ifat Lavi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic performance of angiography-derived fractional flow reserve (FFRangio) measurements in patients with stable coronary artery disease when used online in the catheterization laboratory during routine coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: FFR, an index of the hemodynamic severity of coronary stenosis, is derived from invasive measurements using a pressure-monitoring guidewire and hyperemic stimulus. While FFR is the gold standard, it remains under-utilized...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Thenappan Thenappan, Mark L Ormiston, John J Ryan, Stephen L Archer
Pulmonary hypertension is defined as a resting mean pulmonary artery pressure of 25 mm Hg or above. This review deals with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a type of pulmonary hypertension that primarily affects the pulmonary vasculature. In PAH, the pulmonary vasculature is dynamically obstructed by vasoconstriction, structurally obstructed by adverse vascular remodeling, and pathologically non-compliant as a result of vascular fibrosis and stiffening. Many cell types are abnormal in PAH, including vascular cells (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts) and inflammatory cells...
March 14, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Ulrike Hampel, Katharina Träger, Hanhan Liu, Julia Teister, Franz Grus, Verena Prokosch-Willing
PURPOSE: Recently, the vasodilator relaxin 2 has been introduced as a treatment for acute heart failure. However, its role on vessels of the eye and intraocular pressure (IOP) remains unclear though it has been hypothesized to induce a decrease IOP after intramuscular injection in humans. We aimed to test whether the hormone relaxin 2 lowers IOP and dilates retinal vessels in animals. METHODS: The IOP of female Sprague-Dawley rats before and after application of relaxin 2 was measured using an Icare Tonolab device calibrated for rats...
March 13, 2018: International Ophthalmology
T Michael De Silva, Mary L Modrick, Fabrice Dabertrand, Frank M Faraci
Vascular aging fundamentally contributes to large and small vessel disease. Despite the importance of such changes for brain function, mechanisms that mediate such changes are poorly defined. We explored mechanisms that underlie changes with age, testing the hypothesis that ROCK (Rho kinase) plays an important role. In C57BL/6 mice, baseline diameters of isolated pressurized parenchymal arterioles were similar in adult (4-5 month) and old mice (22±1 month; ≈15±1 µm). Endothelium-dependent dilation was impaired in old mice compared with adults in a pathway-specific manner...
March 12, 2018: Hypertension
William E Hughes, Nicholas T Kruse, Darren P Casey
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? We examined whether the mechanical contribution to contraction-induced rapid onset vasodilatation (ROV) differed with age, and whether ROV is associated with peripheral artery stiffness. Furthermore, we examined how manipulation of perfusion pressure modulates ROV in young and older adults. What is the main finding and its importance? The mechanical contribution to ROV is similar in young and older adults. Conversely, peripheral arterial stiffness is not associated with ROV...
March 12, 2018: Experimental Physiology
Francesco Franchi, Fabiana Rollini, Jose Rivas Rios, Andrea Rivas, Malhar Agarwal, Megha Kureti, Deepa Nagaraju, Mustafa Wali, Zubair Shaikh, Maryuri Briceno, Ahmed Nawaz, Jae Youn Moon, Latonya Been, Siva Suryadevara, Daniel Soffer, Martin M Zenni, Theodore A Bass, Dominick J Angiolillo
BACKGROUND : Switching between different classes of P2Y12 inhibitors, including de-escalation from ticagrelor to clopidogrel, commonly occurs in clinical practice. However, the pharmacodynamic profiles of this strategy have been poorly explored. METHODS : This was a prospective, randomized, open-label study conducted in patients on maintenance dosing (MD) of aspirin (81 mg/d) and clopidogrel (75 mg/d). After a 7-day run-in with ticagrelor (180 mg loading dose [LD] followed by 90 mg twice daily MD), patients (n=80) were randomized into 1 of 4 groups: group A, clopidogrel 600 mg LD 24 hours after the last MD of ticagrelor (C-600 mg-24h); group B, clopidogrel 600 mg LD 12 hours after the last MD of ticagrelor (C-600 mg-12h); group C, clopidogrel 75 mg/d MD 24 hours after the last MD of ticagrelor (C-75 mg-24h); and group D, ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily MD (T-90 mg twice daily)...
March 11, 2018: Circulation
Gabriel Altit, Shazia Bhombal, Krisa Van Meurs, Theresa A Tacy
INTRODUCTION: Newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have varying degrees of pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH), and there is limited evidence that cardiac dysfunction is present. We sought to study early neonatal biventricular function and performance in these patients by reviewing early post-natal echocardiography (ECHO) measurements and comparing them to normal term newborns. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study reviewing clinical and ECHO data on term newborns with CDH and normal controls born between 2009 and 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Fanfan Li, Mengzhou He, Meitao Yang, Yao Fan, Yun Chen, Xi Xia, Yin Xie, Dongrui Deng
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific, multi-system disorder and the leading cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in obstetrics worldwide. Excessive vasoconstriction and dysregulated coagulation function are closely associated with PE. Heat shock protein 20 (HSP20) is ubiquitously expressed under normal physiological conditions and has important roles in vascular dilatation and suppression of platelet aggregation. However, the role of HSP20 in the pathogenesis of PE remains unclear. In this study, we collected chorionic plate resistance arteries (CPAs) and serum from 118 healthy pregnant women and 80 women with PE and detected the levels of HSP20 and its phosphorylated form...
March 9, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
Yuan Li, Huiping Zhang, Yi Liang, Wei Wang, Tongshun Xu, Jifang Zhang, Wenliang Xiao, Tao Wang
BACKGROUND: To improve therapy for slow coronary flow (SCF), the effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy on vascular endothelial function in SCF patients is the focus of this investigation. METHODS: Ninety-eight patients who exhibited chest discomfort were retrospectively analyzed, and di-agnosed with SCF by coronary artery angiography at the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China from 2014 to 2016. The patients were divided into two groups according to the following treatment: HBO group (n = 48) and the control group (n = 50)...
2018: Cardiology Journal
Marsha Burks, Simone Stickel, Nazzareno Galiè
Combination therapy is now regarded as the standard of care in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and is becoming widely used in clinical practice. Given the inherent complexities of combining medications, there is a need for practical advice on implementing this treatment strategy in the clinic. Drawing on our experience and expertise, within this review, we discuss some of the challenges associated with administration of combination therapy in PAH and how these can be addressed in the clinic. Despite their differing modes of action, all of the currently available classes of PAH therapy induce systemic vasodilation...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
Ying-Ju Lai, I-Chen Chen, Hsin-Hsien Li, Chung-Chi Huang
Right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy is characterized by cardiac fibrosis due to endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) and increased collagen production in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients, but the mechanisms for restoring RV function are unclear. Prostanoid agonists are effective vasodilators for PAH treatment that bind selective prostanoid receptors to modulate vascular dilation. The importance of prostanoid signaling in the RV is not clear. We investigated the effects of the EP4-specific agonist L-902,688 on cardiac fibrosis and TGF-β-induced EndMT...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Greg J Zahner, Kimberly A Spaulding, Joel L Ramirez, Melinda S Schaller, Shane C Walker, Nancy K Hills, Warren J Gasper, S Marlene Grenon
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness, measured by the augmentation index (AIX) from radial artery tonometry, and endothelial dysfunction, measured by brachial-artery flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD), have each been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. However, their interrelationship in peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients is poorly understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional analysis of 123 vascular surgery outpatients, the association between FMD and AIX was examined in controls with atherosclerotic risk factors (n = 32) and patients with PAD (n = 91)...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Oliver Klein-Wiele, Walied Sherifa, Marietta Garmer, Kaffer Kara, Dietrich Grönemeyer, Birgit Hailer
Adenosine induces coronary vasodilation and simultaneously reduces splanchnic perfusion. This effect can be absent in adenosine non-responders. Imaging of splanchnic arteries under adenosine assessing this effect has not been performed in humans previously. In 26 patients, splenic artery color Doppler was performed during an infusion of adenosine. Peak velocity in the splenic artery was measured before the infusion and at 2 min. Results were compared qualitatively with perfusion imaging in magnetic resonance...
March 1, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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