Hypertension and nephrology

[The clinical significance of peripheral and central blood pressure form the neurologist’s point of view]


FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Hypertension and nephrology - 2011;15(01)

[Hypertension - affecting both the large and the small cerebral vessels - is the most frequent risk factor for cerebrovascular disorders manifesting in stroke, hypertensive encephalopathy or vascular dementia. The central pressure measured at the proximal part of the aorta has more important role in the development of vascular hypertrophy and carotid atherosclerosis than the pressure measured in the brachial artery. Central aortic pressure more accurately reflects the filling conditions of the left ventricle and thus the pressure conditions affecting the cerebral vascular system, than brachial pressure values, therefore possibly predicts more reliably the risk of cardiovascular events than brachial pressure values. Features of the stiffness of large arteries (like pulse wave velocity) more directly reflect the chronic effect of ageing, hypertension and diabetes than brachial or even central aortic pressure. Therefore in upcoming clinical trials arterial stiffness and central aortic pressure should be considered as possible surrogate endpoints. Antihypertensive treatment is an important part of primary and secondary stroke prevention. Decreasing blood pressure in hypertensive subjects significantly decreases the risk of stroke and other vascular events, and the extent of risk reduction primarily depends on the extent of the decrease in blood pressure. Several factors should be considered when choosing from treatment options. The use of traditional β blockers - partly due to their smaller effects on central blood pressure - decreased recently. Further observations will decide on the role of third generation β blockers in the prevention of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity.]



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[Combination of diuretics in resistant hypertension]

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[Resistant hypertension developed in a 60-year-old male patient with chronic renal insufficiency due to untreated high blood pressure for decades despite of the coadministration of furosemide, β-blocker, calcium channel blocker, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and angiotensin receptor blocker. Breakthrough could be achieved by the combination of a tiazide compound and a loop diuretic (furosemide). It seemed to be worthwile publishing the case because the tiazide drug could be successfully administered below 30 ml/min GFR, where it is generally thought to be ineffective, and because both elements of the combination was given in very low doses relative to the kidney disease. The literature of the most important combinations of the tiazide preparations and the loop diuretics are reviewed and some historical aspects are given as well.]

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[The importance of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in kidney fibrosis]


[Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a central role in physiological and pathological processes of embryogenesis, carcinogenesis and tissue fibrosis. During EMT epithelial cells may transform to myofibroblasts, which are the effector cells of fibrosis. In our summary the process of EMT and its medical importance will be reviewed in relation to renal fibrosis. Regardless of the initiating cause the final common mechanism of organ fibrosis is similar in the different chronic renal diseases. It always involves major inflammatory responses, however the molecular mechanisms involved are still elusive. The EMT now takes centre stage as the point of convergence between inflammation and the progression of degenerative fibrotic diseases. Understanding the pathomechanism of EMT and the significance of signalling pathways involved in this process may lead to a new therapeutic approach in the treatment of chronic renal diseases.]

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