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Hypertension and nephrology

APRIL 24, 2020

[Cardiovascular risk assessment in chronic kidney disease, significance of left ventricular myocardial mass index]

SÁGI Balázs, KÉSŐI István, VAS Tibor, CSIKY Botond, NAGY Judit, KOVÁCS Tibor

[Introduction: Earlier studies have shown that cardiovascular (CV) mortality and morbidity in chronic kidney disease (CKD) often exceed their average population, and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent risk factor for CV disease. However, in CKD, the relationship between LVH, arterial stiffness (AS) and renal function has not yet been fully elucidated. Little data is available on their prognostic role. Aims of our study a) cross-sectional examination of the relationship between left ventricular mass index (LVMI), arterial vascular stiffness, and renal function, b) in our follow-up study, clarification of the LVMI, the prognostic role of AS in patients with CKD, IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Methods: In our cross-sectional study, 79 IgAN patients were examined in our clinic. The myocardial mass index (LVMI) was determined using an estimation formula after echocardiographic measurements. Arterial stiffness was measured using a photoplethizmography technique (PulseTrace) and characterized by the stiffness index (SI). The MDRD formula was used to estimate renal function (GFR) (eGFR, ml/min/1.73 m2). In the prognostic study the primary combined endpoint was total mortality, the most important CV events (stroke, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular interventions such as revascularization) and end stage renal disease. Secondary endpoints were CV and renal endpoints separately. Results: Of the 79 patients included in our cross-sectional study, 50 were men, with an average age of 46 ± 11 years. The mean value of LVMI was 106.66 ± 22.98 g/m2. Patients were divided into groups of 115 g/m2 for males considered to be abnormal and 95 g/m2 for women. LVMI is closely correlated with SI and inversely with eGFR (corr. coeff: 0.358; p <0.05 or -0.526; p <0.001). In case of LVH, SI was significantly higher in both sexes (p = 0.005 in males, p = 0.04 in females). In case of higher LVMI, renal function was significantly lower (p = 0.002 in males, p = 0.01 in females). Metabolic syndrome occurred in several cases in both sexes with LVH, but the difference was only significant in male patients (males 6 vs. 10, p = 0.008; females 2 vs. 4, p = 0.29). In our follow-up study, the presence of LVH in men significantly reduced survival in both primary and secondary endpoints, whereas in women there was no significant difference. Conclusion: In IgAN decreasing of renal function is closely related to left ventricular hypertrophy and vascular stiffness, as well as a close relationship was found between LVMI and AS. Reduced renal function is associated with an increase in LVMI and an increase in AS, which may result in a worse prognosis for both CV and renal outcomes. The underlying role of all these can be assumed to be a common vascular and myocardial pathological remodeling.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

[Vascular biomarkers ]


[While risk scores are invaluable tools for adapted preventive strategies, a significant gap exists between predicted and actual event rates. Additional tools to further refine the risk stratification of patients at an individual level are biomarkers. A surrogate endpoint is a biomarker that is intended as a substitute for and being realized earlier than a clinical hard endpoint. In order to be suitable as a surrogate endpoint of cardiovascular events, a biomarker should meet several well-defined criteria. It has been proposed that a plenty of potential vascular biomarkers would have a role in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention. Most of the biomarkers examined fit within the concept of early vascular aging. The only biomarkers that fulfill most of the criteria and, therefore, are close to being considered a clinical surrogate endpoint are carotid ultrasonography, ankle-brachial index and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

OCTOBER 23, 2019

[GLP-1 receptor agonists in the treatment of type 2 diabetes]


[The glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonists and somewhat later, the sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT) -2 inhibitors have brought new perspectives in the antihyperglycemic treatment of type 2 diabetes. The article overviews clinicopharmacologic characteristics of the GLP-1 receptor agonist group, their glycemic and non-glycemic effects, results of the cardiovascular endpoint studies as well as their place in the recent therapeutic guidelines. It is proven, that both glycemic and weight reducing effect is greater of the long-acting (non-prandial) coumpounds as compared to that of the short acting (prandial) derivates, further, that in studies with cardiovascular endpoints they reduced the relative risk of the composite endpoint of non-fatal myocardial infarct, non-fatal stroke and cardiovascular death. Due to the favolurable glycemic and non-glycemic properties their use is advised already in the early course of type 2 diabetes, as combination of the metformin therapy.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 20, 2019

[Immuno-oncology therapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer]


[Despite decades of smoking cessation programs, and lung cancer screening programs, mortality due to bronchial cancer leads the mortality statistics among cancer deaths worldwide. Platinum-based chemotherapy has not fundamentally altered the effectiveness of treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). One of the newest approaches to the use of immunotherapeutic treatments in recent years is the so-called. use of immune checkpoint blocking agents. PD-1 and PD-L1 blockers of this type have been subjected to a large number of clinical trials in lung cancer and were reported by the tumor III.b / IV. stage. Last year, in 2018, we again came up with a milestone in the treatment of lung cancer immuno-oncology, as compared to the previous stage, III.a / III.b Durvalumab con­solidation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer after inoperative, non-chemo-radiotherapy phase I, is based on the results of the PACIFIC clinical trial. PACIFIC was a triple-phase, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of durvalumab consolidation therapy, irresistible, III. patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma who have not progressed after platinum-based chemo-radiotherapy. The PD-L1 expression level of the tumor was not an admission criterion. In the study, 713 patients were randomized to durvalumab and placebo for 2:1, progression-free survival (PFS) and over­all survival (OS) as their primary endpoint. Summarizing the results of the study, durvalumab provided significant benefit to patients at both endpoints. PFS and OS values were also significantly longer for durvalumab than placebo, and the safety profile of durvalumab was consistent with previous PD-1, PD-L1 inhibition tests.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

AUGUST 30, 2017

[The importance of serum albumin level in patients with chronic renal disease on maintenance dialysis]

TÓTH Csitkovicsné Tünde, SZAKÁCS Gyuláné, KULCSÁR Imre

[The aim of the study: Evaluation of changes in serum albumin levels and their effects on mortality in chronic haemodialyzed (HD) population. Material and Methods: We analysed the serum albumin values and survival in 253 HD patients, in a retrospective observational study. Data were analyzed using Spearman-correlation, Cox-modell, endpoint analysis and Kaplan-meier analysis. Results: We did not find any significant correlation between serum albumin levels and gender or basic diseases, but the median serum albumin level was lower in patients with ages 65 years or older than in younger ones, and had decreased until observational period (5.4±3.0 years). Lower the serum albumin level the risk of mortality was higher (if the serum albumin level was <35 g/L versus >40 g/L), the HR was 5.69. Conclusions: The serum albumin level is a main indicator of the nutrition in dialyzed patients, but the target level would be different in older and younger patients. The serious malnutrition (lower serum albumin level) increases the risk of mortality in haemodialyzed patients.]

Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 20, 2017

[Prognostic significance of stiffness index determined by digital volume pulse method in polycystic kidney disease]

SÁGI Balázs, KÉSŐI Bence, KÉSŐI István, VAS Tibor, CSIKY Botond, NAGY Judit, KOVÁCS Tibor

[Introduction: It is known from previous studies, that in chronic renal failure cardiovascular mortality and morbidity are more frequent than in the general population. The prognostic significance of arterial stiffness on cardiovascular outcomes trials was first demonstrated in end-stage renal disease patients by epidemiological longitudinal studies. Our aim was to assess the prognostic significance of arterial stiffness in polycystic kidney disease. Methods: 55 patients with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) were examined and followed in our clinic. Pulse wave velocity was determined by digital volume pulse (DVP) method, and a so-called stiffness index (SI DVP) was calculated. MDRD formula was used for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR, mL/min/1.73 m2) to determine renal function. Patients were observed regularly, in every 3-6 months, and we checked lab tests, which assessed the patient’s renal function and cardiovascular events occurred in patients were collected in our outpatient department. Results: Our study involved 55 patients, 21 were male, the mean age was 45±12 years. The average follow-up was 63±32 months. The average value of the stiffness index was 11.11±2.22 m/s. We divided the patients by 11 m/s as cut off point of SI values into two groups and analysed their outcome. In the increased arterial stiffness group (SI >11 m / s) the probability of the combined endpoint occurrence was signi - fi cantly higher than in the group with flexible arteries (χ-square: 4.571; p=0.033). Between the two groups we did not found significant difference in cardiovascular endpoint, but we found a statistically significant difference between the two groups in renal outcomes (χ-square: 5.591; p=0.018). Conclusion: In polycystic kidney disease the increased arterial stiffness may predict the onset of end-stage renal failure. Digital Pulse volume as determined by Pulse Trace system appears an appropriate method for making prognosis in chronic kidney disease.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2015

[Treatment of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections in cystic fibrosis with inhaled tobramycin]


[BACKGROUND - Intermittent or chronic pulmonary infections caused by Pseudo­monas aeruginosa (Pa) deteriorate clinical status and worsen lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). The prognosis of the disease and life expectancy of patients are substantially dependent on lung infections and inflammation; therefore the primary goal of the treatment is the early termination of the infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Efficacy of tobramycin (TOBI® 300 mg/5 mL solution for inhalation, henceforth TOBI®) inhalation in Pa pulmonary infections was studied in a non-interventional, observational, open-label, single-arm trial in subjects with CF. Fifty-three patients aged six to 31 years (averaged 15.8 years) were enrolled into the study. Three treatment cycles of TOBI® inhalation (28 days on drug, 28 days off drug) plus 6 months observational period were evaluated. Primary endpoint was changing in the predictive values of forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1) compared to the initial values after three cycles of the treatment. Secondary endpoints were changing in the FEV1 predictive values at the end of the complete study compared to the initial values; ratios of patients with decreased density of originally Pa-positive result of sputum culture; as well as safety and tolerability of the TOBI® treatment. RESULTS - FEV1 and FEV1% results were unchanged comparing to the initial values at the end of the treatment and after the observational period in the whole study population. However, sputum cultures became negative in 47.2% of all subjects as a result of the treatment, and the FEV1 values were gradually increased in these patients: after the third treatment cycle plus 160 mL, and at the end of the study plus 110 mL comparing to the initial values. Similar considerable increase was detected in the predictive FEV1% in this sub-group: after the first cycle plus 5.2%, at the end of third cycle plus 7%, after the observational period above 3.8% considering the starting results. CONCLUSIONS - TOBI® inhalation proved to be effective in improvement of lung function results and eradication of infection in our patients with Pa positive CF. The treatment was well tolerated and safe.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 25, 2014

[The Comprehensive Headache-related Quality of life Questionnaire shows significant improvement after withdrawal treatment in medication overuse headache: a pilot study]


[Background and purpose - Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a common form of disabling headache presenting in as much as 30% of the patients seen in headache subspecialty practice. Quality of life (QOL) is frequently used as a secondary endpoint in headache trials. In MOH, previous trials of QOL focused mostly on generic QOL. We report the results of a pilot study that examined the feasibility of using a new QOL questionnaire, the 23-item Comprehensive Headache-related Quality of life Questionnaire (CHQQ), as an indicator of treatment response in MOH. Patients and methods - Fifteen patients (13 women and two men; mean age: 39.7±12.5 years) suffering from MOH were enrolled in a complex treatment programme consisting of acute medication withdrawal, preventive pharmacological treatment, structured advice and lifestyle intervention. The clinical data were collected using a detailed headache diary. CHQQ was completed before and after the treatment programme. Results - MOH patients had low QOL values at baseline which was comparable to the QOL of episodic migraine patients. The treatment programme resulted in significant reductions of the number of headache days and attacks, headache severity and analgesic consumption. The dimensions and total score of CHQQ showed a significant increase after the treatment period. Seventeen of CHQQ’s 23 individual items also improved significantly. Conclusion - In this study the new headache-specific quality of life instrument CHQQ was able to demonstrate significant improvements after adequate treatment of MOH. This result indicates that the CHQQ may be an adequate tool for assessing quality of life in headache treatment trials.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 10, 2013

[Monitoring of effectiveness of ramipril-amlodipine fixed combination, a non-interventional trial (Ramona study). Subgroup analysis of patients with chronic kidney disease]


[Hypertension and chronic kidney disease are independent cardiovascular risk factors. The 5th Cardiovascular Consensus Conference has recommended chronic kidney disease in high-risk category. In chronic kidney disease hypertension is observed in most cases. In patients with chronic kidney disease blood pressure targets are as 140/90 mmHg blood pressure below must be achieved without overt proteinuria. In chronic kidney disease combined antihypertensive therapy treatment should be initiated according the Hungarian Society of Hypertension recommendations. Aims: Monitoring the effectiveness and safety of the fix combination of ramipril/amlodipine Egiramlon® therapy in chronic kidney disease suffering from mild or moderate hypertension despite antihypertensive treatment. Patients and methods: Open, prospective, phase IV clinical observational study, which involved known chronic kidney disease (age over 18 years) with mild or moderate hypertension. Ramipril/amlodipine fixed combination (5/5, 5/10, 10/5 or, 10/10 mg) were administered or titrated in three visits, during the 4 months of trial period. The doses of the fixed combination drugs were determined individually during the visits by the 923 physicians involved in the study. The target blood pressure value was <140/90 mmHg according the new guidelines of ESH/ESC. Results: 70.1% of total patient (9169) was fulfilled the protocol during the four month of trial (6423 patients). In this population 194 patients suffered from chronic kidney disease. The age of patients was 68.52±1.84 (mean±SD) years, 85 (43.8) women and 109 (56.2%) men. 74.74% of total patients with chronic kidney disease has reached target blood pressure at the end of 4th month (primary endpoint). The blood pressure has decreased significantly (all p<0.0001) from 158.04/90.46±9.97/8.30 mmHg (1. visit) to 138.77/82.12±10.68/7.21 mmHg 2. visit and to 130.40/78.59±7.56/5.75 at the and of trial (3. visit), it means -27.64/- 11.87 mmHg decrease from the beginning of the 4th Month (3. visit). eGFR level increased significantly from 46.3±16.49 ml/min/1,73m2 to 49.0±19.58 ml/min/1,73m2. Patients suffered from chronic kidney disease have tolerated well the various doses of fixed combination of ramipril/amlodipine, and adverse events have no occurred correlation of treatment.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

[The role of antilipidaemic therapy in chronic kidney disease]


[In chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of cardiovascular mortality is remarkably high, which is partly due to lipid alterations. The results with statin treatment in cardiovascular prevention studies and in CKD, and their metaanalysis show that antilipidaemic therapy decreases overall and cardiovascular mortality in the predialysed state. On the basis of the new study SHARP, coadministration of simvastatin plus ezetimib also significantly reduces the number of atherosclerotic events in predialysed CKD (this was the first positive hard-endpoint result regarding the combination), thus it can be considered as an alternative. A large-scale metaanalysis of two earlier studies assessing the dialysed patients and patients of the SHARP study who received only dialysis indicated that antilipidaemic therapy was successful, as the number of nonfatal myocardial infarctions and coronary revascularisation interventions have been significantly reduced. These new results also show that in patients who need dialysis, the efficiency of statin or statin plus ezetimib therapy is decreased compared to predialysed state - owing to the partly different pathomechanism -, but this antilipidaemic therapy - especially in those with a high cardiovascular risk - can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events.]