Hypertension and nephrology

[Focus on central arterial pressure. Beta blockers - one group of agents with different efficacy]

BARNA István

NOVEMBER 20, 2010

Hypertension and nephrology - 2010;14(06)

[Not only have beta blockers excellent antihypertensive effect but both in monotherapy and in combination they exert antiarrhythmic and antiischemic efficacy, as well. They are recommended on A level of evidence in the treatment of patients with primary hypertension. Certain beta blockers differ from each other considering their lipid solubility, membrane stabilizing effect and in many other characteristics which difference can be exploited in the treatment. Nebivolol increases the release of nitrogen oxide, it is metabolically neutral and has vasodilating and antioxidant effect. The consequence of the stiffness of the arterial wall is the rise of systolic blood pressure, the diminshed diastolic circulation in the coronary vessels, the increase of the central pulse pressure and the frequent occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. Various antihypertensive agents have different mode of action on central blood pressure and arterial stiffness. Comparing nebivolol/atenolol and nebivolol/bisoprolol, respectively, nebivolol decreased aortic pulse pressure with greater efficacy than other beta blockers. The extent of the reduction of blood pressure was the same in the nebivolol and atenolol group while the augmentation index decreased significantly among the patients receiving nebivolol. In addition to the well known beneficial effects of nebivolol recent studies proved another, yet still unknown and unique characteristic of this agent, i.e. favourable influence on arterial stiffness. It not only improves endothelial dysfunction which has emphasized role on development of atherosclerosis but - independently of its antihypertensive effect - it has favourable action on arterial stiffness, too. These features guarantee a decisive position in the treatment of arterial hypertension.]

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