M E Safar

Université René Descartes - Paris 5, Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France

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    ABSTRACT: Current clinical evidence and latest guidelines recommended the combination antihypertensive therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor / angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and calcium channel blocker (CCB) in patients with grade 2 to 3 hypertension. However, data are scarce in the comparison between the ACE inhibitor / ARB + CCB (A+C) therapy and other combinations. We therefore conducted a meta-analysis to see if ACE inhibitor/ARB combined with CCB is superior to other combinations.(Figure is included in full-text article.) DESIGN AND METHOD:: A meta-analysis was conducted in 20,669 hypertensives from 9 randomized controlled trials and we compared the A+C therapy with other combinations, in terms of blood pressure (BP) reduction, clinical outcomes and adverse effects. BP reduction did not differ significantly between the A+C therapy and other combination therapies, neither in systolic nor in diastolic BP, with P = 0.43 and P = 0.41, respectively. However, A+C strategy, compared with other combination therapies, achieved a significantly lower incidence of cardiovascular composite endpoints, including cardiovascular mortality, non-fatal myocardial infarction and non-fatal stroke (Risk ratio [RR] and 95% confidential interval [CI]: 0.80 [0.70, 0.91], P < 0.001, see as Figure), but similar all-cause mortality (0.90 [0.77, 1.04], P = 0.15) and stroke rate (0.90 [0.77, 1.04], P = 0.09). Moreover, A+C combination therapy exhibited a 3.10 ml/min/1.73m2 greater estimated glomerular filtration rate than other combinations (P = 0.01). Lastly, A+C therapy showed a similar incidence of adverse effects as other combinations (P = 0.34), but had a significantly lower incidence of severe adverse effects (0.85 [0.73, 0.98], P = 0.03). In summary, clinical evidences favor A+C therapy, which is superior to other combinations, in current anti-hypertensive strategy, with greater clinical benefit in cardiovascular outcome and reservation of renal function.
    Journal of Hypertension 06/2015; 33 Suppl 1 - ESH 2015 Abstract Book:e19-e20. DOI:10.1097/01.hjh.0000467402.25796.00 · 4.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent clinical investigations, visit-to-visit systolic blood pressure (SBP) variability was proven as a predictor of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. However, inconsistent results exist in this association. A meta-analysis of 13 prospective studies was conducted to evaluate the prognostic value of visit-to-visit SBP variability by different parameters in 77,299 patients with a mean follow-up of 6.3 years. The pooled age- and mean SBP-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for all-cause mortality were 1.03 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-1.04; P<.001) per 1-mm Hg increase in SBP standard deviation (SD) and 1.04 (1.02-1.06, P<.001) per 1% in SBP coefficient of variation, and the corresponding values of cardiovascular mortality were 1.10 (1.02-1.17, P<.001) and 1.01 (0.99-1.03, P=.32), respectively. Moreover, a 1-mm Hg increase in SD was significantly associated with stroke, with an HR of 1.02 (1.01-1.03, P<.001). Visit-to-visit SBP variability, independent of age and mean SBP, is a predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality and stroke. ©2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Clinical Hypertension 02/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1111/jch.12484 · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background/Aims: Renal function decreases over time as a result of reduction in the number of functioning nephrons with age. In recipients and donors of kidney grafts, renal function decline may be linked differently to various parameters, namely arterial stiffness. Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study including 101 recipients of kidney grafts and their donors aiming at determining the factors correlating with renal function decline over time. Aortic stiffness was evaluated by the non-invasive measurement of aortic pulse wave velocity. Glomerular filtration rate was estimated using the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation and the annualized change was determined. Results: Decline in renal function was estimated at 1-year post-transplantation and annually thereafter (median follow-up 8 years, range 3.6-18.3), as the mean of the annualized decrease in the glomerular filtration rate. In recipients, filtration rate decreased by 4.8 ± 19.7 mL/min/1.73m2 the first post-transplant year, and at a yearly rate of 2.2 ± 3.8 mL/min/1.73m2 thereafter. The first year decline was related to smoking and acute rejection. Later decline was significantly associated with donor age and aortic stiffness. In living donors, renal function decline after the first year corresponded to 0.7 mL/min/1.73m2, was significantly lower than that of recipients (p<0.001), and was determined by donor age at nephrectomy. Conclusion: Recipients of kidney grafts show a glomerular filtration rate decline over time that is significantly associated with donor age and aortic stiffness after the first post-transplant year, while donors demonstrate a lower decline that is mostly determined by age at nephrectomy.
    American Journal of Nephrology 12/2014; 41(1). DOI:10.1159/000371858 · 2.65 Impact Factor
  • Michel E Safar, Gérard E Plante, Albert Mimran
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    ABSTRACT: Classical studies indicate that the contribution of kidneys to hypertension is almost exclusively related to the association between mean arterial pressure (MAP) and vascular resistance. Recent reports including estimates of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) have shown that pulse pressure (PP) and pulse wave velocity, 2 major indices of arterial stiffness, now emerge as significant predictors of cardiovascular risk and age-associated decline in GFR. Such findings are mainly observed in patients with hypertension and renal failure and in atherosclerotic subjects undergoing coronary angiography. In such patients, amplification of PP between ascending and terminal aorta at the renal site is constantly increased over 10mm Hg (P < 0.001), whereas MAP level remains continuously unmodified. This PP amplification is significantly associated with presence of proteinuria. Furthermore, increases in plasma creatinine and aortic stiffness are independently and positively correlated (P < 0.001) both in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. All these relationships associating PP, arterial stiffness, and renal function are mainly observed in patients 60 years of age or older. Furthermore, in renal transplant patients and their donors, subjects have been recruited for evaluations of arterial stiffness and posttransplant decline in GFR. Determinants of GFR decline were evaluated 1 and 9 years after transplantation. The first year GFR decline was related to smoking and acute rejection, whereas the later was significantly and exclusively associated with donor age and aortic stiffness. Thus, in hypertensive humans, the observed association between PP and GFR suggests that the 2 parameters are substantially mediated by arterial stiffness, not exclusively by vascular resistance. © American Journal of Hypertension, Ltd 2014. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
    American Journal of Hypertension 12/2014; 28(5). DOI:10.1093/ajh/hpu206 · 3.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aortic blood pressure (BP) and 24-h ambulatory BP are both better associated with target organ damage than office brachial BP. However, it remains unclear whether a combination of these two techniques would be the optimal methodology to evaluate patients' BP in terms of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) prevention. In 230 participants, office brachial and aortic BPs were measured by a validated BP monitor and a tonometry-based device, respectively. 24-h ambulatory brachial and aortic BPs were measured by a validated ambulatory BP monitor (Mobil-O-Graph, Germany). Systematic assessment of patients' LVDD was performed. After adjustment for age, gender, hypertension and antihypertensive treatment, septum and lateral E/Ea were significantly associated with office aortic systolic BP (SBP) and pulse pressure (PP) and 24-h brachial and aortic SBP and PP (P⩽0.04), but not with office brachial BP (P⩾0.09). Similarly, 1 standard deviation in SBP was significantly associated with 97.8±20.9, 86.4±22.9, 74.1±23.3 and 51.3±22.6 in septum E/Ea and 68.6±20.1, 54.2±21.9, 37.9±22.4 and 23.1±21.4 in lateral E/Ea, for office and 24-h aortic and brachial SBP, respectively. In qualitative analysis, except for office brachial BP, office aortic and 24-h brachial and aortic BPs were all significantly associated with LVDD (P⩽0.03), with the highest odds ratio in 24-h aortic SBP. Furthermore, aortic BP, no matter in the office or 24-h ambulatory setting, showed the largest area under receiver operating characteristic curves (P⩽0.02). In conclusion, 24-h aortic BP is superior to other BPs in the association with LVDD.Journal of Human Hypertension advance online publication, 13 November 2014; doi:10.1038/jhh.2014.101.
    Journal of Human Hypertension 11/2014; 29(7). DOI:10.1038/jhh.2014.101 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the clinical relevance of brachial blood pressure (BP) measurement for cardiovascular (CV) risk stratification is nowadays widely accepted, this approach can nevertheless present several limitations. Pulse pressure (PP) amplification accounts for the notable increase in PP from central to peripheral arterial sites. Target organs are more greatly exposed to central hemodynamic changes than peripheral organs. The pathophysiological significance of local BP pulsatility, which has a role in the pathogenesis of target organ damage in both the macro- and the microcirculation, may therefore not be accurately captured by brachial BP as traditionally evaluated with cuff measurements. The predictive value of central systolic BP and PP over brachial BP for major clinical outcomes has been demonstrated in the general population, in elderly adults and in patients at high CV risk, irrespective of the invasive or non-invasive methods used to assess central BP. Aortic stiffness, timing and intensity of wave reflections, and cardiac performance appear as major factors influencing central PP. Great emphasis has been placed on the role of aortic stiffness, disturbed arterial wave reflections and their intercorrelation in the pathophysiological mechanisms of CV diseases as well as on their capacity to predict target organ damage and clinical events. Comorbidities and age-related changes, together with gender-related specificities of arterial and cardiac parameters, are known to affect the predictive ability of central hemodynamics on individual CV risk.
    Current Pharmaceutical Design 10/2014; 21(6). DOI:10.2174/1381612820666141023164125 · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reduction strategies of blood pressure, as a modifiable cardiovascular risk, are currently based on office assessment of brachial artery blood pressure. However, antihypertensive treatment based on brachial BP values reduces cardiovascular risk but cannot completely reverse the hypertension-induced risk of morbidity events. As is well known, BP varies in different arterial systems and invasive and non-invasive studies have demonstrated that brachial BP does not necessarily reflect central aortic BP. Emerging evidences now suggest that central pressure may predict cardiovascular diseases better than brachial BP; moreover, it may differently respond to certain antihypertensive drugs. The potential effects beyond peripheral BP control may be due to specific protective properties of different antihypertensive drugs in affecting central aortic pressure and arterial stiffness. Although data on direct cardiovascular benefit impact of central blood pressure treatment in randomized clinical trials are still lacking, it is likely that the improvement of quality of care and the individualized assessment of the hypertension-associated cardiovascular risk are achievable with the use of central hemodynamics. Therefore, basing antihypertensive treatment guidance on central pressures rather than on peripheral blood pressure may be the key for future antihypertensive strategies.
    Current Pharmaceutical Design 10/2014; 21(6). DOI:10.2174/1381612820666141023164530 · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The antihypertensive effect of indapamide has never been clearly understood, particularly in hypertensive patients with diabetes mellitus. Methods A total of 565 patients were randomly selected to receive either indapamide 1.5 mg or enalapril 10 mg daily for 12 months. Brachial blood pressure (BP) and plasma and urinary electrolytes were measured at baseline and at the end of follow-up. Sodium and potassium levels and excretion rates were measured in overnight urine collections. Results After 12 months’ treatment, similar significant reductions were observed in systolic and diastolic BP and pulse pressure levels in both treatment arms (P<0.001). However, age, body mass index (BMI), diabetes duration and plasma sodium reductions were shown to be major, independent factors influencing BP reduction with indapamide, but not with enalapril. Regression coefficients were positive for age and plasma sodium reductions (P≤0.009) but negative for BMI and diabetes duration (P≤0.008). Similar findings were observed for pulse pressure. These results were more notable in elderly patients, did not differ regardless of whether BP reduction was measured in absolute or percent values, and were associated with increased sodium and potassium excretion rates. Conclusions Indapamide is more effective than enalapril at reducing BP in elderly diabetic hypertensives with marked sodium retention.
    Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 10/2014; 9(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jash.2014.10.003 · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: During year 2013, several recommendations for the management of hypertension were published: recommendations of the French and European Societies of Hypertension and two recommendations from the USA, those from the ACC/AHA/CDC groups and those from the JNC 8. The recommendations of the JNC 8 are not, strictly speaking, the recommendations of JNC 8, since they are neither endorsed by their sponsor: the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), nor by any other supervisor. They only commit their authors. Just before the publication of the JNC 8, "competing" recommendations, jointly produced by the AHA, ACC and CDC, were jointly published in Hypertension and in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, with different preferred treatment choices and significantly different algorithms. The authors of the JNC 8 have only included in their literature review randomized controlled trials of sufficient power. Randomized controlled trials are clearly the gold standard of comparative trials in medicine, but can they summarize all the knowledge? The authors of the JNC 8 propose in subjects over 60, a therapeutic threshold and target blood pressure of 150/90mmHg. This original threshold is poorly supported by the evidence and possibly increases the risk of physicians' inertia. The issue of experts' conflicts of interest has greatly changed the rules of drafting guidelines for clinical practice. Knowing that the vast majority of clinical trials is promoted by drug industry, could guidelines be strictly without any conflict of interest? Finally, recommendations for practice should have as primary, if not unique, objective to improve the practice.
    La Presse Médicale 09/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.lpm.2014.03.031 · 1.17 Impact Factor
  • Michel E Safar, Bernard I Levy
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    ABSTRACT: Patho-physiological and pharmacological studies have consistently noticed that, with the exception of subjects with end-stage renal disease, total intravascular blood volume is not increased in patients with chronic hypertension.
    American Journal of Hypertension 09/2014; DOI:10.1093/ajh/hpu155 · 3.40 Impact Factor
  • M E Safar, J Blacher
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, treatment strategies for hypertension have often focused on combination therapies that include diuretics and renin angiotensin aldosterone system blockers such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers. However, in clinical practice, a significant number of patients do not respond completely to these combination treatments, and long-term reduction of cardiovascular risk remains insufficient. The particularly high residual cardiovascular risk of hypertensive patients, even when adequately treated with strategies based on renin angiotensin aldosterone system blockers, speaks in favor of new, innovative strategies. Thus, it has become relevant to consider whether it is always necessary to block plasma renin activation and whether other guideline-approved combinations should be considered routinely. Diuretic/calcium channel blocker combinations, which are supported by significant long-term evidence, are put forth as a preferred combination in the main guidelines, but are still underused by physicians who do not yet have easy access to such treatments. Fixed-dose indapamide sustained release/amlodipine is the first such single-pill combination to become available. Complementary mechanisms of action of these two molecules are expected to lead to greater and longer-term reductions in systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure and potentially to the reduction of cardiovascular risk.
    American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs 08/2014; 15(1). DOI:10.1007/s40256-014-0087-y · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pulse wave analysis is a pivotal tool to estimate central haemodynamic parameters. Available commercial devices use applanation tonometry and have been validated against invasive catheterism. We previously observed differences on a radial second systolic peak (rSPB2) between two commonly used devices: SphygmoCor (AtCor, Australia) and PulsePen (DiaTecne, Italy). The aim of our study was to further quantify differences in radial and carotid signals from the two devices.We measured radial and carotid waveforms in 38 patients with minimal changes between systolic, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate.
    Physiological Measurement 08/2014; 35(9):1837. DOI:10.1088/0967-3334/35/9/1837 · 1.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To test the hypothesis that left-ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is better associated with aortic, than brachial, 24-h average blood pressure (BP) in individuals with hypertension. Background: The office aortic BP is associated better with organ damage, such as LVH, than the office brachial BP; whether the 24-h average aortic BP associates better with LVH, than the 24-h average brachial BP, has never been tested. Methods: Aortic ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) was performed with a novel validated oscillometric cuff-based BP recording device, also used for simultaneous brachial ABPM, and the application of pulse wave analysis method. Office brachial and aortic BP were assessed with validated oscillometric recording device and pulse wave analysis, respectively; left-ventricular mass was measured by ultrasound. Results: Regression analysis performed in 229 individuals (aged 54.3 +/- 14.6 years; 56% men; 75% hypertensive patients) showed that the 24-h average aortic SBP was significantly better associated with left-ventricular mass index and LVH than the 24-h average brachial, as well as, office (brachial or aortic) SBP, independently of age, sex, obesity or treatment. Receiver operator characteristics curve analysis showed a higher discriminatory ability of 24-h average aortic than brachial SBP to detect the presence of LVH (area under the curve: 0.73 versus 0.69; P = 0.007). A high degree of interindividual overlap regarding aortic 24-h average SBP level was found in individuals in whom the corresponding brachial measurements denoted different hypertension levels. Conclusion: These data suggest that aortic ABPM, when compared to brachial ABPM, improves the individualized assessment of the BP-associated heart damage.
    Journal of Hypertension 07/2014; 32(9). DOI:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000263 · 4.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Blood pressure (BP) variability is associated with several cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. Is BP variability measurement of any additive value, in terms of CV risk assessment strategies? To answer this question, we analyzed data from the SU.FOL.OM3 secondary prevention trial that included 2501 patients with background of CV disease history (coronary or cerebrovascular disease). BP was measured every year allowing calculation of variability of BP, expressed as s.d. and coefficient of variability (s.d./mean systolic BP) in 2157 patients. We found that systolic BP variability was associated with several CV risk factors: principally hypertension, age, and diabetes. Furthermore, all antihypertensives were positively associated with variability. Logistic regression analysis revealed that three factors were independent predictors of major CV event: coefficient of variability of systolic BP (OR=1.23 per s.d., 95% CI: 1.04-1.46, P=0.016), current smoking (OR=1.94, 95% CI: 1.03-3.66, P=0.039), and inclusion for cerebrovascular disease (OR=1.92, 95% CI: 1.29-2.87, P=0.001). Finally, when comparing logistic regression models characteristics without, and then with, inclusion of BP variability, there was a modest but statistically significant improvement (P=0.04). In conclusion, age, BP and diabetes were the major determinants of BP variability. Furthermore, BP variability has an independent prognostic value in the prediction of major CV events; but improvement in the prediction model was quite modest. This last finding is more in favor of BP variability acting as an integrator of CV risk than acting as a robust independent CV risk factor in this high-risk population.Journal of Human Hypertension advance online publication, 3 July 2014; doi:10.1038/jhh.2014.44.
    Journal of Human Hypertension 07/2014; 29(2). DOI:10.1038/jhh.2014.44 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aortic stiffness, assessed by carotid-to-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV), often fails to predict cardiovascular (CV) risk and mortality in the very elderly. This may be due to the non-linear association between PWV and compliance or to blood pressure decrease in the frailest subjects. Total arterial compliance (C T) is the most relevant arterial property regarding CV function, compared to local or regional arterial stiffness. A new method for C T estimation, based on PWV, was recently proposed. We aimed to investigate the value of C T to predict all-cause mortality at the elderly. PWV was estimated in 279 elderly subjects (85.5 ± 7.0 years) who were followed up for a mean period of 12.8 ± 6.3 months. C T was estimated by the formula C T = k × PWV(-2); coefficient k is body-size dependent based on previous in silico simulations. Herein, k was adjusted for body mass index (BMI) with a 10 % change in BMI corresponding to almost 11 % change in k. For a reference BMI = 26.2 kg/m(2), k = 37. Survivors (n = 185) and non-survivors (n = 94) had similar PWV (14.2 ± 3.6 versus 14.9 ± 3.8 m/s, respectively; p = 0.139). In contrast, non-survivors had significantly lower C T than survivors (0.198 ± 0.128 versus 0.221 ± 0.1 mL/mmHg; p = 0.018). C T was a significant predictor of mortality (p = 0.022, odds ratio = 0.326), while PWV was not (p = 0.202), even after adjustment for gender, mean pressure and heart rate. Age was an independent determinant of C T (p = 0.016), but not of PWV. C T, estimated by a novel method, can predict all-cause mortality in the elderly. C T may be more sensitive arterial biomarker than PWV regarding CV risk assessment.
    Age 05/2014; 36(3). DOI:10.1007/s11357-014-9661-0 · 3.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tropical aortitis is a rare and poorly described aortic disease, sometimes confounded with Takayasu's disease, mainly in people from Africa. In this case report, the panaortic aneurysmal disease in a young woman from Haiti, first diagnosed after a work-up on renovascular hypertension, would appear to approach this particular arterial disease with no clinical, radiological or biological argument for an infectious etiology. The initially suspected diagnosis of Takayasu's disease had to be rethought because of the presence of several saccular aneurysms extending from the aortic arch to the infrarenal aorta, rarely described in Takayasu's aortitis. Expert opinions from vascular surgeons and clinicians tagged this aortic disease as similar to tropical aortitis which remained asymptomatic for more than a decade. Hypertension was managed with successful balloon angioplasty of the left renal artery stenosis and anti-hypertensive combination therapy. Surgical management of the extended aortic aneurysms was not proposed because of the stability and asymptomatic nature of the aneurysmal disease and the high risk of surgical morbidity and mortality. More than ten years after diagnosis, the course was marked with inaugural and sudden-onset chest pain concomitant with contained rupture of the descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. This case report underlines the persistent risk of aneurysmal rupture and the importance of an anatomopathological study for the diagnosis of complex aortic disease.
    Journal des Maladies Vasculaires 05/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.jmv.2014.01.001 · 0.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Predictive value of arterial stiffness in cardiovascular disease has been recognized for many decades. Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), as a noninvasive measurement, has been recommended as a gold standard of arterial stiffness, and we believe that this surrogate of arterial stiffness has been refined to the point that its utility in routine clinical practice need to be recommended. Considering the worldwide aging population and aging itself as a major cause of arterial stiffness, we would focus in this article, from a practical point of view, on cfPWV in the elderly, and review the current knowledge on the effect of arterial aging on cfPWV measurements, as well as the significance of its clinical application in the elderly.
    Journal of Hypertension 04/2014; 32(8). DOI:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000187 · 4.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tropical aortitis is a rare and poorly described aortic disease, sometimes confounded with Takayasu's disease, mainly in people from Africa. In this case report, the panaortic aneurysmal disease in a young woman from Haiti, first diagnosed after a work-up on renovascular hypertension, would appear to approach this particular arterial disease with no clinical, radiological or biological argument for an infectious etiology. The initially suspected diagnosis of Takayasu's disease had to be rethought because of the presence of several saccular aneurysms extending from the aortic arch to the infrarenal aorta, rarely described in Takayasu's aortitis. Expert opinions from vascular surgeons and clinicians tagged this aortic disease as similar to tropical aortitis which remained asymptomatic for more than a decade. Hypertension was managed with successful balloon angioplasty of the left renal artery stenosis and anti-hypertensive combination therapy. Surgical management of the extended aortic aneurysms was not proposed because of the stability and asymptomatic nature of the aneurysmal disease and the high risk of surgical morbidity and mortality. More than ten years after diagnosis, the course was marked with inaugural and sudden-onset chest pain concomitant with contained rupture of the descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. This case report underlines the persistent risk of aneurysmal rupture and the importance of an anatomopathological study for the diagnosis of complex aortic disease.
    Journal des Maladies Vasculaires 03/2014; · 0.24 Impact Factor
  • Michael F O'Rourke, Michel E Safar, Audrey Adji
    Journal of Hypertension 03/2014; 32(3):699. DOI:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000088 · 4.22 Impact Factor
  • Orson D Go, Michel E Safar, Harold Smulyan
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    ABSTRACT: Aortic stiffness, often measured by the carotid/femoral pulse-wave velocity (PWV) method, has become an attractive predictor for cardiovascular (CV) risk. Although noninvasive, PWV requires additional equipment and training. Aortic diameters measured at transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) provide high spatial resolution images as an alternative to PWV, and permit a more routine assessment of aortic stiffness. The purpose of this study was to measure aortic diameters at TEE, calculate aortic stiffness and compare these data to those of the more established PWV as estimates of CV risk and survival. Systolic and diastolic aortic dimensions were measured retrospectively in 500 consecutive patients who had a clinically indicated TEE. Aortic compliance, distensibility, and stiffness index were calculated using the aortic diameters and corrected brachial cuff blood pressures (BP). Compliance significantly related to age and mean BP (both P < 0.0001) and nearly significantly to chronic renal disease (P = 0.064). The results for distensibility and stiffness index were similar. When analyzed by Kaplan-Meier curves, all stiffness tertiles were significantly predictive of 4.5- to 7.5-year survival. These calculated values behaved similar to those of PWV reported in the literature. This study showed that in patients undergoing routine TEE, aortic stiffness can be readily measured and that the derived values offer relationships comparable to those of PWV, including survival prediction. The method may also find use in assessing aortic stiffness in the TEE evaluation of patients with a bicuspid aortic valve or in preparation for transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
    Echocardiography 02/2014; 31(9). DOI:10.1111/echo.12528 · 1.25 Impact Factor

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  • 2006–2014
    • Université René Descartes - Paris 5
      • Faculté de Médecine
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • University of Florida
      Gainesville, Florida, United States
  • 1993–2014
    • Hôtel-Dieu de Paris – Hôpitaux universitaires Paris Centre
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Institut de Cancérologie Gustave Roussy
      Villejuif, Île-de-France, France
  • 2013
    • Tongji Medical University
      • Department of Cardiology
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou
      Tizi Uzu, Tizi Ouzou, Algeria
  • 2007–2013
    • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Division of Clinical Therapeutics
      Athínai, Attica, Greece
    • Hôpital "Sainte-Périne - Rossini - Chardon-Lagache" – Hôpitaux universitaires Paris Ile-de-France Ouest
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Charles University in Prague
      • Department of Internal Medicine (2. LF)
      Praha, Praha, Czech Republic
    • Université de Ghardaia
      Larhouat, Laghouat, Algeria
  • 2002–2013
    • University of New South Wales
      Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
    • Covance
      Princeton, New Jersey, United States
  • 2008–2012
    • Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2011
    • St. James's Hospital
      Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
  • 2003–2011
    • State University of New York Upstate Medical University
      • • Division of Cardiology
      • • Department of Medicine
      Syracuse, NY, United States
    • Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Cea Leti
      Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France
    • Université de Sherbrooke
      • Sherbrooke Institute of Pharmacology
      Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • 2010
    • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
      Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
    • Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Private geriatrics hospital “les Magnolias”
      Île-de-France, France
  • 2009
    • Jagiellonian University
      • Institute of Cardiology
      Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1992–2009
    • French Institute of Health and Medical Research
      • Paris-Cardiovascular Research Center PARCC
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2004–2007
    • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montpellier
      Montpelhièr, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    • French National Centre for Scientific Research
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou (Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris-Ouest)
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • University of Naples Federico II
      Napoli, Campania, Italy
  • 2003–2007
    • Maastricht University
      • Farmacologie
      Maestricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 2004–2006
    • University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital
      Beyrouth, Beyrouth, Lebanon
  • 1998–2006
    • University of Leuven
      • Division of Hypertension and Cardiovascular
      Louvain, Flemish, Belgium
  • 2002–2004
    • Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue
      Plessis-Robinson, Île-de-France, France
  • 1997–2002
    • Centre D'Investigations Préventives Et Cliniques
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2001
    • ICPS - Institut Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud
      Масси, Île-de-France, France
    • Ghent University
      Gand, Flanders, Belgium
  • 1989–2001
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 2000
    • Catholic University of Louvain
      Лувен-ла-Нев, Walloon, Belgium
  • 1988–2000
    • American Hospital of Paris
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1979–1999
    • University of Lyon
      Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • 1994
    • Hôpital Foch
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1991
    • Innovació i Recerca Industrial i Sostenible
      Castelldefels, Catalonia, Spain
    • Institut de France
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1987
    • University of Vienna
      Wien, Vienna, Austria