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NAGY Viktor

FEBRUARY 22, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(02)

[Diuretics are essential therapeutic tools. They effectively reduce blood pressure and have been shown in numerous hypertension clinical trials to reduce both cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality. In addition, they are important components of the treatment of heart failure with apparent signs of congestion. While thiazides are recommended in mild forms, loop diuretics are used in the severe stages of congestive heart failure. Loop diuretics and thiazides often induce hypokalaemia, which has been demonstrated to be not as benign as thought before. Diuretic-induced hypokalaemia seems to be aldosterone dependent. Aldosterone levels increase during diuretic therapy. Aldosterone antagonists are unique among diuretics in that they improve survival of patients with heart failure independent of their effect on sodium metabolism. Because of this, diuretic treatment lives its renaissance in cardiology.]



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[Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal condition, which affects 10-15% of adults in developed countries. Recent observations have raised the possibility that disturbances in the gut microbiota and/or the accompanying low-grade inflammatory state might contribute to the etiology and symptomatology of irritable bowel syndrome. Some studies indicate that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), as confirmed by hydrogen breath tests (HBT), is more prevalent in patients with irritable bowel syndrome than in matched controls without IBS. Although the data are conflicting, this observation has led to the hypothesis that bacterial contamination was the primary cause of IBS. As a consequence of this hypothesis, a lot of therapeutic options have found their way into the armamentarium of those who treat patients with IBS. These agents include probiotics, prebiotics, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. This paper describes the various mechanisms by which changes in the gut flora might contribute to IBS and also discusses the efficacy and safety of antibiotic therapies, especially rifaximin, for treating IBS/SIBO symptoms.]

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[INTRODUCTION - International and Hungarian (JNC-7, ESH/ESC2007 és 2009, MHT 2009) Guidelines suggest a target blood pressure <140/90 mmHg for hypertensive patients, and <130/80 mmHg for those with high/very high cardiovascular risk (e.g. patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic renal disease). It was proved that for achieving the most efficient antihypertensive effect and reducing side effects, thd use of drug combinations is needed in most patients. In Hungary, ACE-inhibitor plus diuretic combination is one of the most frequently used one in Hungary. The vérnyomáscsökaim of the PICASSO study was to evaluate the efficacy and metabolic effects of the fixed combination of high-dose perindopril plus indapamide (Coverex-AS Komb Forte®) in clinical practice of hypertonologists, cardiologists and general practicioners. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Patients with uncontrolled, grade 1 or 2 primary hypertension, age, >18 years were involved in the open, 3-month, multicentre, prospective, observational, non-interventional clinical study if the treating physician indicated a combination treatment with higher dose antihypertensive drugs. Blood pressure (also with ABPM), heart rate, metabolic parameters (plasma lipids, blood sugar, Na, K, creatinine, uric acid, GGT) were measured by routine methods, medical history and quality of life parameters were registered on a validated questionnaire. Changes in the above parameters were also separately evaluated in patients with different risk factors or with concomitant diseases. RESULTS - Data of 9683 patients were evaluated (54% women, 46% men, average age 61.8 years). By the end of the therapy used in the study, blood pressure average decreased from 159/93 to 131/80, by ABPM from 145/83 to 126/74 mmHg (24hr averages, systolic/diastolic blood pressure, respectively), the heart rate from 79 to 73 beats/min (p<0,001). Target blood pressure was achieved in 75,4% of patients with no major concomitant disease, but only in 14% of those with a concomitant disease characterised by lower target blood pressure. The diurnal index by ABPM did not change substantially. Clinically significant decreases were found in the plasma levels of total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose and uric acid levels, but there were no major changes in serum levels of HDLcholesterol, Na, K, and GGT. Quality of life parameters significantly improved by the end of the study. CONCLUSIONS - Combinations of perindopril and indapamide can be successfully and safely used in everyday practice.]

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[There are several evidence-based recommendations for the antihypertensive treatment of diabetic patients. The treatment should be chosen in such way that the target blood pressure (<130/80 Hgmm) is reached and the risk of target organ failure and cardiovascular mortality is minimized. Based on the studies, it seems that the angiotensin converting enzyme II receptor blockers and low-dose thiazide diuretics, along with their combinations can be recommended as first-line treatment in diabetes mellitus. Beta-receptor blockers and calciumchannel inhibitors are more effective than placebo and may be can be combined with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin converting enzyme II blockers and diuretics. This is important, because the effective antihypertensive treatment and the prevention of complications in diabetic patients can rarely be achieved with monotherapy only.]