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    ABSTRACT: To explore the efficacy, safety and tolerance of ambrisentan, a high-selective endothelin receptor antagonist, in Chinese patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Twenty-eight PH patients (Group 1+Group 4) came from Shanghai East Hospital, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University and Fifth People's Hospital of Shanghai were recruited into this open-label, prospective multi-center trial between August 2012 and February 2013. They received 2.5-5.0 mg ambrisentan once daily for 12 weeks. The primary endpoint was the change in exercise capacity showed by six-minute walk distance (6MWD) from baseline to 12 weeks. Secondary endpoints included the changes in World Health Organization (WHO) function class, N-terminal brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and liver function test results. There were 9 males and 19 females with an average age of (35 ± 17) years. The value of 6MWD increased from (372 ± 86) m at baseline to (443 ± 96) m (P = 0.000) after 12 weeks. WHO functional class improved after a 12-week therapy compared to the baseline level (P = 0.000). NT-proBNP decreased from a median of 732 ng/L at baseline to 329 ng/L after 12 weeks (P = 0.046). The baseline liver function test was normal. And liver function test didn't significantly change after a 12-week therapy. Ambrisentan therapy is well-tolerated and it improves the exercise capacity and WHO function class in Chinese PH patients.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 09/2013; 93(34):2736-8.
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    ABSTRACT: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels are a strong, independent inverse predictor of cardiovascular disease. The present study aimed to determine whether serum HDL cholesterol levels correlated with disease severity and clinical outcomes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). The serum HDL cholesterol levels were measured in 76 Chinese patients with IPAH and 45 healthy controls, together with other clinical variables. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards analysis was performed to assess the prognostic value of HDL cholesterol and event-free survival. Event-free survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Serum HDL cholesterol levels were significantly decreased in patients with IPAH compared with controls (1.0 ± 0.3 vs 1.5 ± 0.3 mmol/L; p <0.001). The serum HDL cholesterol levels decreased in proportion to the severity of World Health Organization functional class. Compared to the high HDL cholesterol group, the low HDL cholesterol group demonstrated a significantly lower 6-minute walking distance, cardiac index, mixed venous saturation, and arterial carbon dioxide pressure but significantly greater pulmonary vascular resistance and serum uric acid levels. The serum HDL cholesterol levels correlated positively with the cardiac index (r = 0.42; p = 0.002) and negatively with the pulmonary vascular resistance (r = -0.25; p = 0.04). Serum HDL cholesterol was independently related to event-free survival on multivariate Cox proportional hazards analysis. Kaplan-Meier survival curves according to the median HDL cholesterol value showed that lower HDL cholesterol levels were associated with lower event-free survival. In conclusion, serum HDL cholesterol levels might serve as an indicator of disease severity and prognosis in patients with IPAH.
    The American journal of cardiology 05/2012; 110(3):433-9. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcome of patients with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD). Data from patients diagnosed as PVOD from May 2008 to May 2011 in Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University were retrospectively reviewed. During this period, 5 patients [4 female, aged from 12 to 42 (22 ± 12) years old] were diagnosed as PVOD. The durations from symptoms onset to PVOD diagnosis was 2 to 50 (16 ± 20) months and four of them were previously diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. All patients at the time of PVOD diagnosis had a severely impaired WHO pulmonary hypertension functional class (3 in class III and 2 in class IV). Furthermore, all patients characterized by a typical sign of centrilobular ground-glass opacities in high-resolution computed tomography, a markedly reduction of diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide [(38 ± 12)% of predicted value] in pulmonary functional test and severely compromised cardio-pulmonary hemodynamics identified by right heart catheterization. All patients received conventional and pulmonary arterial hypertension specific therapies, and then followed-up regularly. Up to now, 4 out of 5 patients died due to refractory right heart failure. The durations from symptoms onset to death and from PVOD establish to death were 5 - 65 (27 ± 26) months and 1 - 16 (9 ± 9) months, respectively. PVOD is a rare and malignant cardio-pulmonary disorder that often be misdiagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Given the poor responses to modern pulmonary arterial hypertension specific therapies, lung transplantation remains the treatment of choice.
    Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases] 10/2011; 39(10):896-900.