Racial differences in incident heart failure during antihypertensive therapy.
ABSTRACT Blacks have a higher prevalence of heart failure (HF) than nonblacks, possibly reflecting a greater burden of HF risk factors, including hypertension. Although HF incidence is significantly higher in blacks during long-term follow-up of young adults, the relationship of incident HF to race in hypertensive patients undergoing treatment is unclear.
Incident HF was evaluated in 497 black and 8199 nonblack hypertensive patients with no history of HF randomly assigned to losartan- or atenolol-based treatment. During 4.7±1.1 years mean follow-up, HF hospitalization occurred in 265 patients (3.0%); 5-year HF incidence was significantly greater in black than nonblack patients (7.0 versus 3.1%, P<0.001). In Cox multivariate analyses adjusting for randomized treatment, age, sex, the presence of the strain pattern on the baseline ECG, and other HF risk factors treated as standard covariates, and for incident myocardial infarction, in-treatment QRS duration, diastolic and systolic pressure, Cornell product, and Sokolow-Lyon voltage criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) treated as time-varying covariates, black race remained associated with a 130% increased risk of developing new HF (hazard ratio 2.30, 95% confidence interval 1.24 to 4.28).
Incident HF is substantially more common among black than nonblack hypertensive patients. The increased risk of developing new HF in blacks persists after adjusting for the higher prevalence of HF risk factors in blacks, for treatment effects and in-treatment blood pressure, and for the known predictive value of the ECG strain pattern and in-treatment ECG LVH and QRS duration for incident HF in this population. Clinical Trial Registration- URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00338260.
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ABSTRACT: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent cardiovascular risk factor in patients with essential hypertension. The main objective of this study was to assess the echocardiographic prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in patients with hypertension, its risk factors and effect of antihypertensive drugs on its prevalence. A hospital based cross sectional study was conducted on 200 hypertensive patients on treatment in southwest Ethiopia. A pretested structured questionnaire was used to collect data from participants and their clinical records. Blood pressure and anthropometric measurements were taken according to recommended standards. Left ventricular mass was measured by transthoracic echocardiography. Associations between categorical variables were assessed using chi-square test and odds ratio with 95% confidence interval. Logistic regression model was done to identify risks factors of LVH. P values of < 0.05 were considered as statistically significant. The mean age, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and body mass index were 55.7 +/- 11.3 years, 139.2 +/- 7.7 mmHg, 89.2 +/- 5.7 mmHg and 24.2 +/- 3.4 Kg/m2 respectively. The overall prevalence of LVH among these study subjects was 52%. Age >=50 years (OR: 3.49, 95% CI 1.33-9.14, P = 0.011), female gender (OR: 7.69, 95% CI 3.23-20.0, P < 0.001), systolic blood pressure >=140 mmHg (OR: 2.85, 95% CI 1.27-6.41, P = 0.011), and duration of hypertension (OR: 3.59, 95% CI 1.47-8.76, P = 0.005) were independent predictors of left ventricular hypertrophy. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors were the only antihypertensive drugs associated with lower risk of left ventricular hypertrophy (OR: 0.08, 95%CI 0.03-0.19, p < 0.001). Left ventricular hypertrophy was found to be highly prevalent in hypertensive patients in Ethiopia. ACE inhibitors were the only antihypertensive drugs associated with reduced risk of LVH. We thus recommend strategies to early detect and treat hypertension and to timely screen for LVH among patients with hypertension. Multicenter prospective studies in Africa settings would be ideal to identify the best antihypertensive agents in black Africans.BMC Research Notes 01/2014; 7(1):45.
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ABSTRACT: Lowering dietary sodium and adhering to medication regimens are difficult for persons with heart failure (HF). Because these behaviors often occur within the family context, this study evaluated the effects of family education and partnership interventions on dietary sodium (Na) intake and medication adherence (MA). HF patient and family member (FM) dyads (n = 117) were randomized to: usual care (UC), patient-FM education (PFE), or family partnership intervention (FPI). Dietary Na (3-day food record), urinary Na (24-hour urine), and MA (Medication Events Monitoring System) were measured at baseline (BL) before randomization, and at 4 and 8 months. FPI and PFE reduced urinary Na at 4 months, and FPI differed from UC at 8 months (P = .016). Dietary Na decreased from BL to 4 months, with both PFE (P = .04) and FPI (P = .018) lower than UC. The proportion of subjects adherent to Na intake (≤2,500 mg/d) was higher at 8 months in PFE and FPI than in UC (χ(2)(2) = 7.076; P = .029). MA did not differ among groups across time. Both FPI and PFE groups increased HF knowledge immediately after intervention. Dietary Na intake, but not MA, was improved by PFE and FPI compared with UC. The UC group was less likely to be adherent with dietary Na. Greater efforts to study and incorporate family-focused education and support interventions into HF care are warranted.Journal of cardiac failure 12/2013; 19(12):829-841. · 3.07 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract BACKGROUND: Despite the proved association between psoriasis and cardiovascular risk exposure, there are no data about the role of psoriasis as an independent predictor of such risk. The aim of this study was to investigate whether any association between psoriasis and excess cardiovascular risk exposure is independent from confounding factors. METHODS: Meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis were performed using data extracted from observational studies (identified by MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL) investigating the relationship between psoriasis and cardiovascular disease with at least 6 points on the New Castle-Ottawa quality scale. Two reviewers with methodological expertise conducted data extraction independently. RESULTS: Thirteen studies including patients with psoriasis showed an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (RR=1.24 [1.18-1.31]; P=0.0001). These patients still presented a significantly larger cardiovascular risk in the presence of smoking (RR=1.14 [CI=1.13-1.15] P<0.0001), obesity (RR=1.11 [CI=1.07-1.14] P=0.0003) and hyperlipidemia (RR=1.05 [CI=1.03-1.07] P=0.0006), but not in the presence of hypertension (RR=1.03 [CI=0.98-1.09] P=0.4647) and diabetes (RR=0.95 [CI=0.90-1.01] P=0.6502). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with psoriasis carry an about 25% increased relative risk of cardiovascular disease. This risk appears to be independent of smoking, obesity and hyperlipidemia.International Journal of Cardiology 03/2013; · 6.18 Impact Factor