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Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 10, 2019

[One-year persistence of fixed-dose combinations of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and calcium channel blocker in hypertensive patients]

SIMONYI Gábor, FERENCI Tamás, FINTA Ervin, IGAZ Iván, BALOGH Sándor, GASPARICS Roland, MEDVEGY Mihály

[Introduction: The most recent European guidelines for the treatment of hypertension suggest the use of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system antagonists (RAAS inhibitors) and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) or diuretics fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) as the first therapeutic option. In antihypertensive therapy, the patient’s adherence is one of the most important factors in reducing unwanted cardiovascular events. Aim: Our aim was to assess the one-year persistence of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and CCB FDCs in hypertensive patients. Method: Authors have analysed the prescription database of the National Health Insurance Fund in Hungary on pharmacy claims between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Those patients were identified who filled prescriptions for FDCs of ACEI and CCBs prescribed for the first time for hypertensive patients and who had not re ceived similar drugs during the year before. Apparatus of survival analysis was used, where ‘survival’ was the time to abandon the medication. Results: 124,388 patients met the inclusion criteria. One-year persistence rate and hazard ratio (HR) of discontinua tion in patients with ramipril/amlodipine FDC was 54% (HR = 1.00, reference), perindopril/amlodipine 47% (HR = 1.30, p<0.0001), lisinopril/amlodipine 36% (HR = 1.79, p<0.0001), ramipril/felodipine 26% (HR = 2.28, p<0.0001) and trandolapril/verapamil 12% (HR = 4.13, p<0.0001). The average survival time of drug limited to 360 days was 270.2 days for ramipril/amlodipine FDC, 242.7 days for perindopril/amlodipine FDC, 211.2 days for lisinopril/amlodipine FDC, 186.3 days for ramipril/felodipine FDC and 125.7 days for trandolapril/verapamil FDC. Conclusions: The authors demonstrated that the one-year persistence of ACEI/CCB FDCs was significantly different in hypertensive patients. Ramipril/amlodipine FDC was more advantageous for patient adherence.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2019

[How can we reach more effective antihypertensive treatment in diabetic patients with hypertension?]

BENCZÚR Béla, TORZSA Péter

[Hypertension is the leading “silent killer” accounting for 10 million deaths worldwide. It frequently occures together with other metabolic risk factors, including type-2 diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia augmenting the global cardiovascular risk of patients. Their treatment and reaching target blood pressure means a real challenge for practising physicians. According to the recent hypertension guidelines RAAS-inhibitors are the first choice agents which can be excellently combined with diuretics. RAAS-inhibitor based therapy frequently needs to be completed with Ca-antagonist to which statin should be added in the presence of metabolic risk factors. The benefits of amlodipin/atorvastatin fixed combination are multiple: both agents are capable to inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis and to reach blood pressure and LDL target values. In addition the well-known poor statin-adherence can be improved with fixed combination which can contribute to the reduction of risk of these high-risk subjects. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2019

[The modern therapy of lipid disorders in the daily practice ]

REIBER István

[Elevated LDL-C and/or triglycerides and decreased HDL-C levels contribute to development of vascular lesions. In the absence of detectable vascular disease the lipid values of providing vascular protection preferably with a healthy diet, regular physical activity and by trying to get out of harmful passions. If the healthy lifestyle is not effective enough, lipid-lowering medication may also be necessary in primary prevention. In the cases of inherited lipid disorders and in patients with high or very high cardiovascular risk it is necessary to take lipid lowering medications in effective dose. The Hun­ga­rian and the international guidelines have been formulated the targets of lipid values for vascular protection. The paper is trying to help for everyday medical practice, how to treat the dyslipidemic patients with the application of widely available lipid parameters and lipid lowering medications effectively. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

[The importance of statin therapy in hypertension]

PARAGH György, PÁLL Dénes

[Hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia often co-occur and promote early cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have shown that antihypertensive treatment may be more effective if LDL cholesterol is also reduced. This may be due to the increased expression of angiotensin-1 receptor in hypercholesterolaemia, which increases peripheral vascular resistance through angiotensin-2, and adversely affects endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Other authors indicate that high cholesterol levels increase the production of angiotensin-2 through the activation of the chymase system. High cholesterol levels increase the amount of circulating oxidized LDL which binds to the transmembrane oxidized LDL receptor (LOX- 1) also activates the angiotensin-1 receptor. In addition, angiotensin-2 has an effect on intracellular cholesterol synthesis by enhancing the key enzyme of the synthesis of intracellular cholesterol, HMG-CoA reductase. The authors present the studies that support cholesterol lowering can contribute to lowering blood pressure and other major meta-analyses in which the beneficial effects of cholesterol lowering and lipid lowering on blood pressure reductions were not proven. In the background, it may well be that these studies are not designed to evaluate the effect of cholesterol-lowering drugs on hypertension in patients with hypercholesterolaemia, and non-statin-treated patients are not randomized.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

[Methods of using telemedicine devices (smartphones, tablets) during home blood pressure measurement]

KÉKES Ede

[Despite the use of advanced antihypertensive drugs, patients with hypertension are still insufficient to reach the target blood pressure. In this area, home blood pressure measurement was a significant step forward, but it is not at all how the method of home blood pressure measurement is done, on the other hand, it needs to be much closer to the doctor-patient relationship. This is the goal of introducing telemedicine tools and methods into the every day clinical practice. Three methods are known: In the first one the user uses a special application on the smartphone and writes your data into the smartphone. Solution 2 is that data are automatically transferred from the measuring device into the smartphone in the third, the smartphone itself performs the measurement. Really, the first application can be disseminated with a broadly compatible doctor-patient collaboration strategy.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

[Carvedilol in chronic kidney disease]

CSIKY Botond

[Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is endemic affecting 850 million people worldwide. Adequate antihypertensive treatment slows the progression of the kidney disease and also decreases the mortality of this population. Because of the comorbidities and the high cardiovascular risk beta-blockers have to be administered frequently in these patients. Carvedilol is a 3rd generation non-selective beta-blocker with alpha- 1 receptor blocking and antioxidant properties. It is metabolically neutral, it does not increase the risk of new onset diabetes and it does not increase the patients’ body weight. In some animal models of CKD and in several human CKD studies carvedilol has shown to have nephroprotective properties and it also decreased the cardiovascular risk in combination therapies.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2018

[Modalities of the therapy of patients with high cardiovascular risk]

FARSANG Csaba

[International and Hungarian guidelines emphasize the need of the combinations in the therapy of hypertension. Single pill combinations (SPC) are preferred. The importance of the treatment reducing cardiovascular risk is underlined by the fact that in most hypertensive patients other cardiovascular risk factors, among them most frequently dyslipidemia is present. In addition to antihypertensive drugs these patients should be treated also with those decreasing plasma lipids. Adherence / persistence to therapy of patients is greatly improved by the use of single pill combinations. Today we also have SPCs decreasing both, blood pressure and plasma lipids. Among them there is the combination containing amlodipine and atorvastatin. Several international and Hungarian clinical studies have been conducted. Results of these investigations have been described in several publications. In this paper I summarise the most important results of some of these studies. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

[Differential diagnosis and treatment of hyponatraemia]

NÉMETH Zsófia, DEÁK György

[Hyponatraemia (serum sodium concentration < 136 mmol/l) is the most frequent electrolyte abnormality that inceases the risk of both in-hospital, and outpatient mortality. Antidiuretic hormone action or low glomerular fitration rate or low excretable osmoles or their combination are involved in its pathogenesis. Differential diagnosis is based on medical and medication histories, serum- and urine osmolality and urine sodium concentration. Measurement of fractional excretions of urea and uric acid help identifying low effective circulting volume, renal hypoperfusion. Symptomatic hyponatraemia or an acute decrease of serum sodium concentration exceeding 10 mmol/l should be treated with 3% NaCl to avoid impending threat to life. The principles of the treatment of chronic hyponatraemia are restriction of water intake and elimination of etiologic factor(s) (eg. medications - most often thiazides). In case of contracted axtracellular volume, isotonic saline should be given. In case of euvolaemia, restriciton of water intake is fundamental. In case of expanded extracellular volume, (heart failure, liver cirrhosis, nephrosis), water and NaCl intake should be restricted along with aldosteron antagonist and loop diuretic therapy. In chronic hyponatraemia, the rise of serum sodium concentration should not exceed 10 mmol/l during the first 24 hours and 8 mmol/l/day thereafter. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Significance of patient adherence in the treatment of hypertension]

SIMONYI Gábor, ALFÖLDI Sándor, BARNA István

[Hypertension is the one of most frequent chronic disease which a major but modifiable cardiovascular risk factor. In treating of hypertension after life style therapy, drug treatment has an essential role. Patient adherence plays a significant role achieving target blood pressure. One of most important cause of resistant hypertension is the non-adherence. Factors influencing adherence include the number of drugs, their daily dosage frequency, the properties of the drug groups used, age and gender too. According to international and domestic studies, the number of people leaving medication is very high. The disadvantage is clear because these patients lack of benefit from the protective effects of drugs.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Patient-practitioner cooperation - medication adherence and persistence in the CONADPER-HU study]

SZEGEDI János, KÉKES Ede, KISS István

[Hypertension is a common popular disease, it basically determines the health status, morbidity, cardiovascular mortality, rehabilitation and quality of life of the population. Prevention, early detection, effective treatment of the disease, quality of care is an important part of the people’s health program. The success of the therapy, the attainment and long-term maintenance of the target blood pressure - in addition to many other factors - is determined by drug adherence and persistence, one of the crucial elements of which is the optimal cooperation of the physician and patient. The poor persistence causes most of the therapeutic failures. The main objective of the CONADPER-HU study was to optimize practitionerpatient cooperation (increased control, information delivery, home blood pressure measurement, telemedicinal equipements and software use), thus increasing the proportion of patients with target blood pressure and reducing the number of resistant hypertensive patients. The study proved that the complex care system is effective and has a positive impact on persistence. It has also been clarified that the first three months will decide on further sustained therapeutic success.]