[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibition may exert beneficiary pleiotropic effects on heart hemodynamics in hypertensive patients. We aimed to assess these effects on coronary flow reserve (CFR) and left ventricular (LV) filling pressure after acute and long-term treatment. Thirty-nine patients (48.4±6.8 years) with newly diagnosed, never-treated essential arterial hypertension were consecutively recruited from an outpatient hypertension clinic. CFR in the left anterior descending artery and the ratio of mitral inflow E wave to the averaged mitral annulus tissue velocity of the E waves (E/e' ratio), as an estimate of LV filling pressure, were assessed by Doppler echocardiography. In the acute phase of the study, consecutive eligible patients were assigned to receive po Quinapril (Q) 20 mg (n=15) or Losartan (L) 100 mg (n=14) or no treatment (n=10) and were reexamined 2 h post treatment. In the chronic phase of the study, the patients were reevaluated after 1 month on the assigned treatment. During the acute phase, CFR (P=0.005) was significantly improved in the RAS inhibition as compared with the control group, independently of blood pressure (BP) changes. The E/e' ratio was also marginally improved (P=0.053), but this effect was more pronounced in patients with E/e' ratio>8 (P=0.005). CFR and E/e' ratio were also improved after 1 month of treatment, particularly in responders after the acute phase. In hypertensive patients, RAS inhibition acutely improved CFR and E/e' ratio independently of BP changes. An acute positive response in these parameters was closely related to sustained improvement after 1 month of single-drug treatment.Journal of Human Hypertension advance online publication, 28 November 2013; doi:10.1038/jhh.2013.125.
Journal of human hypertension 11/2013; · 2.80 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Current evidence supports an association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and cardiovascular disorders. The relationship is complex and still remains poorly understood.
The aim of this study was to examine the potential correlation of sleep characteristics with glucose and arterial pressure values variability in non - diabetic, non-hypertensive patients with OSAS.
We examined 22 subjects, 11 men and 11 women (mean age 54 ± 14,5 years), recently diagnosed with OSAS (Apnea - Hypopnea Index (AHI) ≥ 5 apneas/hypopneas per hour of sleep) by full night polysomnography (PSG). Fasting and postprandial after a 2 hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) glucose and insulin levels were measured, and homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA(IR)) index profile as well as Matsuda insulin sensitivity index (ISI) were calculated. A 24 hour glucose monitoring with subcutaneous measurements every 5 minutes and a 24-hour arterial blood pressure (ABP) monitoring (Holter monitoring) were evaluated.
AHI, a widely accepted marker of the severity of OSAS, was correlated with HOMA and Matsuda index (p = 0.016 and p = 0.022, respectively), Standard Deviation (SD) of glucose measurements (p = 0.05) and mean diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.007). Percentage of sleep time with saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen, as measured by pulse oximetry, (SpO2) < 90% was also correlated with HOMA and Matsuda index (p = 0.014 and p = 0.012, respectively), coefficient of variation (CV) of glucose measurements (p = 0.009) and SD of 24-hour systolic blood pressure. Moreover, minimum SpO2 was correlated with glucose levels (p = 0.018), Matsuda index (p = 0.30) and SD of 24-hour diastolic and systolic blood pressure (p = 0.005 and p = 0.022, respectively).
Glucose and arterial pressure variability were associated with markers of OSAS severity (AHI, % sleep time with SpO2 < 90%, min SpO2), among nondiabetic patients. Thus, glucose and arterial pressure variability in OSAS may be an additional marker of cardiovascular risk as well as of future diabetes in these subjects. Nevertheless, the clinical significance of our observations remains to be confirmed by prospective studies.
European review for medical and pharmacological sciences 07/2013; 17(14):1932-7. · 1.09 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of placental lesions associated with blood pressure (BP) levels in pregnancies complicated by hypertension. Methods. 55 singleton pregnancies complicated by mild hypertension were recruited and compared to 55 pregnancies complicated by severe hypertension. The histological assessment was carried out with regard to the following aspects: vessels number/field of vision, infarction, villous fibrinoid necrosis, villous hypermaturity, avascular villi, calcifications, lymphohistiocytic villitis, and thickened vessels. Statistical analysis was performed by SPSS. Results. All placental lesions were observed more often in the severe hypertension group. Vessels number was significantly decreased, and infarction and villous fibrinoid necrosis were significantly increased in the placentas of the severe hypertension group compared to the mild hypertension group (P < 0.001). Conclusion. This study supports that the extent of placental lesions in hypertensive pregnancies is correlated with hypertension level and so highlights blood pressure level as a mirror of placental function.
Obstetrics and Gynecology International 01/2012; 2012:684083.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The measurement of carotid artery intima-media thickness in children and adolescents has attracted a great deal of research and clinical interest in recent years, because it can provide evidence that early arterial lesions are already present in asymptomatic subjects who have risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate possible correlations between parameters of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and carotid artery intima-media thickness in obese and nonobese children and adolescents.
We studied 128 children and adolescents who were referred for investigation for possible hypertension. All participants in the study underwent ABPM and ultrasound measurement of the intima-media thickness of the common and internal carotid arteries. Obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) the 95th percentile for age and sex.
Carotid artery intima-media thickness was significantly greater in obese than in non-obese children and adolescents. Linear correlations were observed between common and internal carotid artery intima-media thickness and the BMI percentile, the BMI z score, and parameters from ABPM. Multifactorial analysis of covariance showed that obesity and age were correlated with mean carotid artery intima-media thickness, independently of sex and values of clinic blood pressure and ABPM.
Obese children and adolescents have greater carotid artery intima-media thickness than nonobese subjects, independently of blood pressure. These findings suggest a possible role for childhood obesity in the early onset of carotid artery atherosclerosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hypertension (HT) complicates treatment with antiangiogenic agents, including the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) sunitinib. To prospectively evaluate the prevalence and management of HT in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) receiving sunitinib we used 24-h ABPM and we treated HT according to guidelines of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection and Evaluation and the Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC7).
Normal 24-h ABPM at the baseline and at 2, 4 and 6 weeks of the first cycle was ensured with the successive use of hydrochlorothiazide+irbesartan, nebivolol and amlodipine. Office BP measurements were used in subsequent cycles to monitor HT. Sunitinib dose was modified only if BP was not controlled with four anti-hypertensive agents.
Forty patients were included in this analysis. Twenty-one patients (53%) had baseline HT, while 12 of 14 (84%) normotensive patients required anti-HT treatment during the 1st cycle of sunitinib. HT was infrequent in subsequent cycles and increase of anti-HT medication was required in only 2 cases. Two patients permanently discontinued sunitinib due to HT. The remaining 34 (94%) required no dose modifications for HT. One cardiac event (2.8%) was observed. There was no correlation of HT with sunitinib efficacy.
Sunitinib-associated HT is more frequent than previously reported. The use of 24-h ABPM for diagnosis and tailoring of HT according to JNC7 guidelines may achieve uninterrupted, full dose therapy in most patients. The substitution of such protocols for currently used Toxicity Criteria may be warranted.
European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) 05/2011; 47(11):1660-8. · 4.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate predictors of left ventricular mass corrected for height2.7 (LVMI) and left ventricular hypertrophy in patients who were found to be normotensive with both office and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) measurements.
A total of 805 consecutive patients were analyzed. All patients underwent office BP measurements, 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring, laboratory measurements for cardiovascular risk factors and echocardiography. Individuals with both office and ambulatory normotension were characterized as true normotensive.
LVMI was found to be 34.5 +/- 10.9 g/m2.7 in normal-weight patients and 48.7 +/- 13.0 g/m2.7 in obese patients (P < 0.0001). LVMI was found to be 41.7 +/- 10 g/m2.7 in overweight patients, significantly lower than the values of obese patients (P < 0.005) and higher than the values of normal-weight patients (P < 0.001). These results remained significant even after adjustment for age, sex, daytime and nighttime SBP, daytime and nighttime DBP, daytime and nighttime BP variability and daytime and nighttime pulse pressure (PP). In a multivariate analysis model, in which LVMI was the dependent variable and office SBP, office DBP, daytime and nighttime SBP and DBP, daytime and nighttime PPs and variabilities, day-night SBP ratio, fasting serum glucose, triglycerides, total cholesterol, age and BMI were inserted as independent variables with weighted least squares regression by sex, the predictors of LVMI were age, BMI and daytime PP (r2 = 0.31). Left ventricular hypertrophy was 17.67 times more likely in obese patients as compared with normal-weight true normotensive individuals.
Obesity may represent a significant cardiovascular risk factor even in normotensive individuals. Other predictors of LVMI were ageing and daytime PP.
Journal of Hypertension 05/2010; 28(5):1065-73. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The extent of target organ damage has been associated with both central hemodynamics and arterial stiffening, and the time rate of blood pressure (BP) changes in essential hypertension. However, the relative significance of these parameters has not been examined.
We recruited 232 consecutive uncomplicated newly diagnosed hypertensive patients and 241 normotensive individuals. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory BP monitoring was performed in all individuals. The time rate of SBP variation was computed as the first derivative of the SBP values against time. Aortic central SBP and central DBP, central pulse pressure, central augmentation index and central augmentation pressure were assessed noninvasively by pulse wave analysis. Common carotid artery intima-media thickness was measured by high-resolution ultrasonography.
Median 24-h time rate of BP changes was 0.571 +/- 0.114 mmHg/min. Traditional risk factors, office SBP, several ambulatory BP monitoring parameters (24-h SBP, 24-h pulse pressure, 24-h heart rate and BP dipping), 24-h time rate of BP changes, time rate of BP changes at different time intervals, and central SBP, central pulse pressure, central augmentation index and central augmentation pressure significantly correlated with intima-media thickness. Age, sex, BMI, 24-h time rate of BP changes, time rate of BP changes measured at 0100-0600 h and 24-h heart rate remained significant associates of intima-media thickness after adjustment for confounding factors. By multivariate stepwise linear regression, 24-h time rate of BP changes and time rate of BP changes at 0100-0600 h had incremental value over traditional risk factors, other ambulatory BP monitoring parameters and central hemodynamics.
These findings indicate that time rate of BP variation is superior to central hemodynamics as an associate of carotid intima-media thickness in hypertensive and normotensive individuals.
Journal of Hypertension 11/2009; 28(1):51-8. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hypertension may complicate treatment with antiangiogenic agents, leading to dose reductions and treatment delays. To prospectively evaluate the frequency and management of hypertension in 10 patients with advanced kidney cancer receiving sunitinib, we used 24-h blood pressure monitoring (BPM) and home BPM and homogenously treated hypertension according to guidelines of the european Society of Hypertension. Normal BP was ensured prior to sunitinib initiation with the successive use of hydrochlorothiazide + irbesartan, nebivolol, amlodipine. During treatment, additional antihypertensive therapy was introduced, if necessary. Sunitinib dose was modified only if BP was not controlled with four anti-hypertensive agents. four patients had baseline hypertension, while 5 of 6 normotensive patients required antihypertensive treatment during sunitinib administration. One patient permanently discontinued sunitinib due to hypertensive crisis but 9 patients received full dose. Sunitinib-associated hypertension is more frequent than previously reported. Aggressive BP monitoring and treatment of hypertension may achieve uninterrupted, full-dose therapy in most patients treated with sunitinib. The application of such protocols instead of commonly used toxicity criteria should be further validated.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in children and adolescents classified as normotensives, prehypertensives and hypertensives by ambulatory blood pressure (BP) levels. A total of 124 consecutive children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years were analysed. Patients underwent 24 h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and echocardiography. Hypertensive and prehypertensive subjects had significantly higher LVMI than normotensives (36.8 +/- 8.4 g/m(2.7) and 34.1 +/- 3.4 g/m(2.7) vs. 29.5 +/- 8.3 g/m(2.7), P < 0.01 and P < 0.05, respectively). In multivariate analysis predictors for LVMI were body mass index (BMI) z score and hypertension (R-squared = 0.31). LVMI values in hypertensive subjects were significantly higher than those of normotensives even after adjustment for age, sex and BMI z score. The prevalence of LVH was significantly higher in the prehypertensive compared to normotensive subjects, and was equal to that of the hypertensive subjects. Hypertension and prehypertension in children and adolescents were associated with pathologically elevated LVMI values. If confirmed in a larger group prehypertensive children may be at risk for target organ damage similar to the condition of established hypertension.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The onset of cardiovascular events presents a circadian variation that may be mediated by similar temporal patterns of vascular function. Blood pressure also follows circadian variation. We investigated the possible diurnal variation of endothelial function and arterial stiffness in patients with hypertension. Thirty-five individuals with recently diagnosed hypertension (mean age 48.3 years, range 30-60 years, 14 men) were examined. Flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD), nitrate-mediated vasodilatation (NMD) and carotid-femoral (cf) pulse wave velocity (PWV) were measured at three different occasions: at 0700 hours immediately after awaking, at 1200 hours and at 2100 hours. FMD was markedly lower in the morning (0700 hours, 2.22+/-1.58%; 1200 hours, 4.37+/-2.25%; 2100 hours, 4.28+/-2.12%; P<0.001), whereas NMD was similar at the same time points. This difference remained significant after adjustment for baseline brachial artery diameter and reactive hyperaemia. PWVcf progressively increased from morning to evening (0700 hours, 9.8+/-1.9 m s(-1); 1200 hours, 10.2+/-2.2 m s(-1); 0900 hours, 10.5+/-1.9 m s(-1); P=0.013 for linear trend). Similar temporal patterns were observed in systolic and diastolic blood pressures peaking in the evening. PWVcf changes lost significance after adjustment for changes in mean blood pressure. Endothelial function is decreased in the early morning in hypertensive patients, whereas arterial stiffness is increased in the evening. Changes in BP-dependent passive artery distension may be involved in this phenomenon.
Journal of human hypertension 03/2009; 23(9):597-604. · 2.80 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Systemic arterial stiffness is an indicator of cardiovascular disease and an independent marker of morbidity and cardiovascular mortality. We investigated the association of arterial wave reflections with left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and their incremental value to other determinants of LV diastolic dysfunction in patients with essential hypertension. In total 143 patients and 20 controls with similar atherosclerotic risk factors were examined by applanation tonometry of the radial artery (Sphygmocor) and echocardiography. Central augmentation index (CAI%) of reflected arterial waves as well as aortic strain (AoS) assessed by echocardiography were estimated. Doppler diastolic abnormalities were defined as proposed by the European Study Group on diastolic heart failure by measurement of E/A ratio (the ratio of the mitral inflow velocities), isovolumic relaxation time, deceleration time and flow propagation velocity. AoS and CAI were impaired in patients compared with controls (4.67 +/- 2.94 vs 6.06 +/- 4.91% and 145.8 +/- 22.7 vs. 135.7 +/- 20.3%, P < 0.01) as well as in patients with LV diastolic dysfunction compared to patients without, (5.52 +/- 4.29 vs. 10.73 +/- 5.77% and 139.5 +/- 21.7 vs. 124.5 +/- 17.0%, P < 0.05). The odds ratio (OR) of AoS and CAI for diastolic dysfunction was OR:0.918, 95% confidence interval (CI):0.837-0.99, P = 0.04 and OR:1.023, 95% CI: 1.023-1.040 P = 0.010, respectively. The addition of CAI to the multivariable model including age, LV mass index, AoS and mean arterial pressure increased the power of the model for determination of LV diastolic dysfunction (-2 log likelihood = 139.368, change of chi2 = 4.2, P-value for change=0.04). In untreated patients with newly diagnosed essential hypertension, wave reflections are independent and additive determinants of LV diastolic dysfunction.
Journal of Human Hypertension 05/2008; 22(10):687-98. · 2.82 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this study we investigated (i) the prevalence of white coat hypertension (WCH) and masked hypertension (MH) in patients who had never been treated earlier with antihypertensive medication, and (ii) the association of these conditions with target organ damage.
A total of 1,535 consecutive patients underwent office blood pressure (BP) measurements, 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM), echocardiography, and ultrasonography of the carotid arteries. Subjects who showed normotension or hypertension on the basis of both office and ambulatory BP (ABP) measurement were characterized as having confirmed normotension or confirmed hypertension, respectively. WCH was defined as office hypertension with ambulatory normotension, and MH as office normotension with ambulatory hypertension.
WCH was found in 17.9% and MH in 14.5% of the subjects. The prevalence of WCH was significantly higher in subjects with obesity, while the prevalence of MH was significantly higher in normal-weight subjects. The confirmed hypertensive subjects as well as the masked hypertensive subjects had significantly higher left ventricular mass (LVM) (corrected for body surface area) and carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) than the confirmed normotensive subjects did (108.9 +/- 30.6, 107.1 +/- 29.1 vs. 101.4 +/- 29.9 g/m(2) and 0.68 +/- 0.16, 0.68 +/- 0.21 vs. 0.63 +/- 0.15 mm, respectively, P < 0.005). White coat hypertensive subjects did not have a significantly higher LVM index than confirmed normotensive subjects (101.5 +/- 25.9 vs. 101.4 +/- 29.9 g/m(2)); they tended to have higher cIMT than the confirmed normotensive subjects, but the difference was not statistically significant (0.67 +/- 0.15 vs. 0.63 +/- 0.15 mm).
WCH and MH are common conditions in patients who visit hypertension outpatient clinics. Confirmed hypertension and MH are accompanied by increased LVM index and cIMT, even after adjusting for other risk factors.
American Journal of Hypertension 04/2008; 21(4):393-9. · 3.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The prevalence of hypertension in children and adolescents is rising in association with the increasing rate of childhood obesity, and it is associated with early target organ damage. Published guidelines on high blood pressure in children and adolescents, focused on the early and accurate diagnosis of hypertension, resulted in improved ability to identify children with hypertension. Although auscultation using a mercury sphygmomanometer remains the method of choice for evaluation of hypertension in children, accumulating evidence suggests that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a more accurate method for diagnosis, and it is more closely associated with target organ damage. In addition, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a valuable tool in the assessment of white-coat hypertension, and masked hypertension in children and adolescents. Masked hypertension in children and adolescents is associated with a similar risk of target organ damage as in established hypertension.
Journal of Hypertension 11/2007; 25(10):1979-86. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To examine differences between hypothyroid patients and healthy volunteers in 24-h ambulatory blood pressure parameters.
The study population consisted of 100 individuals who were recently diagnosed for hypothyroidism. These patients had never been treated before with antihypertensive treatment or received drugs for hypothyroidism. All participants underwent 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. The control group consisted of 100 healthy volunteers matched one to one for gender and age with the hypothyroid participants.
Clinic systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly higher in patients with hypothyroidism compared with volunteers. The mean 24-h systolic blood pressure and 24-h pulse pressure were significantly higher in patients with hypothyroidism compared with volunteers. The 24-h systolic blood pressure variability was also significantly higher in patients with hypothyroidism. Fasting serum cholesterol tended to be higher in patients with hypothyroidism compared with volunteers but the difference was not statistically significant, while fasting serum triglycerides were significantly higher. Body mass index was also significantly higher in patients with hypothyroidism.
These findings indicate that hypothyroidism may be an important predictor of higher mean 24-h systolic blood pressure, 24-h pulse pressure and 24-h systolic blood pressure variability, parameters of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring that have been previously associated with higher cardiovascular target organ damage.
Journal of Hypertension 06/2007; 25(5):993-9. · 4.22 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To explore differences in intima media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries induced by differences in BMI.
Data from 3173 consecutive subjects, who were referred to our Hypertension Center from 1998 to 2004, were reviewed. Criteria for patients to be considered for further analysis included no past or concurrent antihypertensive medication, no concurrent medication with the potential to raise blood pressure (BP) (e.g., prednisone), and no clinical signs or laboratory evidence of secondary causes of hypertension. Our population was divided into four groups according to NIH criteria for obesity: underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. BMI, mean IMT of internal carotid arteries, and 24-hour BP values were available for all subjects. Five hundred thirty six subjects of the four groups, matched for age, gender, and mean 24-hour BP values, were included in the analysis.
Mean IMT of internal carotid arteries was increased with increasing BMI. Mean IMT was significantly higher in obese subjects compared with normal-weight (p < 0.01) and underweight (p < 0.001) subjects. Mean IMT was significantly higher in overweight subjects compared with normal-weight ones (p < 0.05). Furthermore, multivariate regression analysis in obese subjects revealed that fasting serum glucose was independently associated with IMT.
Obesity may be an important factor for carotid atherosclerosis, and at least some of the effects of obesity are independent of the BP levels. Fasting serum glucose levels in obese subjects may play an important role in carotid atherosclerosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the possible association between antichlamydial antibodies and pulse wave analysis (PWA) parameters in a cohort of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).
The augmentation index (AI), the reflection time index (RTI) and the time to the beginning of the reflected wave (CT-1) were estimated (Sphygmocor ATCOR Medical). IgA titers >or= 40 and IgG >or=80 were considered as positive (microimmunofluorescence test). Patients also underwent coronary angiography, ultrasound carotid measurements and 24 h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) measurements.
No differences existed in the traditional risk factors for CAD between the seronegative and seropositive IgA/ IgG groups. IgA seropositive subjects had higher values of AI (p < 0.01) comparing to seronegatives whilst the levels of CT-1 and RTI were lower (p < 0.011 and p < 0.02 respectively). No differences in AI, CT-1 and RTI values were found between IgG seropositive/ seronegatives patients.
An association was indicated between IgA antichlamydial titers and PWA parameters in patients with CAD, supporting that the connecting link between arterial stiffness and CAD might include this microorganism.