Hypertension and nephrology

[Role of atorvastatin in cardiovascular disease]

BARNA István1

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Hypertension and nephrology - 2021;25(04)

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Belgyógyászati és Onkológiai Klinika, Budapest

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[Clinical practice guidelines summarise the existing knowledge of a given medical field, helping healthcare professionals to make medical conscious medical decisions. Our present study aims to analyse the Arterial Hypertension (AH) Guideline issued by the ESC/ESH to determine what overall certainty it has for making effective decisions.]

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[Diuretics are listed in hypertension guidelines as part of first-line treatment options unvariably. A lot of discussion has been directed at side effect profiles and as a result, has created a perhaps disproportionate fear of the metabolic effects and potential increased risk of skin cancer that can be associated with diuretics. Data, however, show that the risk of a clinically meaningful change in laboratory parameters is very low, their carcinogenic potential is not fully proved, whereas the benefits of volume control and natriuresis are high and the reductions in morbidity and mortality are clinically significant. Moreover, several international guidelines have started making a distinction between thiazides (hydrochlorothiazide) and thiazide-like (chlorthalidone, indapamide) diuretics; and some of them now recommend longer acting thiazide-like diuretics. Based on this differentiation chlorthalidone and indapamide may need to be subdivided further into separate classifications. Nevertheless, it’s worth to know that indapamide exists in two formulation with ]

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