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Part A Hypertension and Hypertensive Emergencies

Hypertension is one of the most common conditions affecting patients in developed countries. As the population ages and the emergency department continues to serve populations without access to appropriate primary care, issues regarding hypertension will become more important. Emergency Physicians must be comfortable in evaluating and treating patients with conditions associated with an acute rise in blood pressure, conditions secondary to long-standing hypertension, as well as with the complications of medications used to control hypertension. Essential Hypertension is a persistently elevated blood pressure measured on two separate occasions. The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure has classified hypertension based on the degree of elevation (Table 2A.1). The majority of hypertensive emergencies occur in previously hypertensive patients. In these patients, the ability of the body to autoregulate blood pressure is...

Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension And Other Pulmonary Hypertension

Ecocardiografia Immagini

Chronic pulmonary hypertension occurs in about 5 of patients within 2 yr following the first PE. The pulmonary vascular tree is a unique high flow, low pressure system (normal systolic diastolic pressures 25 10 mmHg mean 15 mmHg), but a number of pathological states, including PE, can trigger a vicious cycle of structural changes within the pulmonary vasculature, resulting in chronic pulmonary hypertension. Chronic or recurrent PE can progressively obstruct the pulmonary vasculature, leading to clinical features of chronic pulmonary hypertension accompanied by signs of chronic cor pulmonale. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is present when the systolic and mean pulmonary artery pressures exceed 40 and 25 mmHg, respectively. Pulmonary hypertension of various etiologies (Table 2) can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe based on PASPs measuring 40-45 mmHg, 46-60 mmHg, or more than 60 mmHg, respectively. Pulmonary hypertension is most reliably quantified by spectral...

Pulmonary hypertension and portal hypertension

An increased pulmonary arterial pressure can sometimes complicate the question of liver transplantation and necessitate careful haemodynamic assessment. The pathological features can resemble those found in hypertensive congenital heart disease, possibly caused by vasoconstriction because the damaged liver cannot degrade circulating vasoconstrictor mediator(s). But generalised pulmonary arterial dilatation can also occur. Pulmonary hypertension is not usually a contraindication to liver transplantation.

Chronic Hypertension HTN and Pregnancy

Defined as hypertension that antecedes pregnancy If during pregnancy a chronic hypertensive patient's systolic blood pressure (BP) rises by 30 mm Hg or diastolic rises by 15 mm Hg, it is pregnancy-induced hypertension superimposed on chronic hypertension. Chronic Hypertension Chronic Hypertension FIGURE 9-1. Management of hypertension in pregnancy. a Serial ultrasounds and biophysicals a Antihypertensives (methyldopa or nifedipine) Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH) Defined as hypertension during pregnancy in a previously normotensive woman (the patient had normal blood pressure prior to 20 weeks' gestation) Mild Systolic > 140 mm Hg and or diastolic > 90 mm Hg Severe Systolic > 160 mm Hg and or diastolic > 110 mm Hg (same as chronic HTN) Severe Always hospitalize + antihypertensive pharmacotherapy (hydralazine or labetalol short term, nifedipine or methyldopa long term) Preeclampsia is pregnancy-induced hypertension with proteinuria + - pathological edema. It is classified...

The S2 Split In Pulmonary Hypertension

What are the three general types of pulmonary hypertension ANS a. Hyperkinetic pulmonary hypertension, i.e., that due to excess volume flow, as in large left-to-right shunts. The pulmonary arterioles can dilate to accommodate up to three times the normal cardiac output before the pulmonary artery pressure must rise. b. Vasoactive pulmonary hypertension, i.e., that due primarily to pulmonary arteriolar constriction, as in response to either hypoxia or to a high left atrial pressure, as in patients with mitral stenosis (MS). c. Obstructive pulmonary hypertension, i.e., that due to fixed lumen obliteration, as with pulmonary emboli, or to narrowing, as with the endothelial and medial hypertrophy seen in some ASDs, PDAs, and VSDs with bidirectional shunting (Eisenmenger reaction), or with primary pulmonary hypertension. ANS Almost the entire pulmonary tree on both sides must be obstructed. If, however, pulmonary hypertension is already present due to previous disease, a further embolus to...

Treatment Of Hypertension

Vascular Function Arteries

The goals of treatment are to reduce BP and the risk of cardiovascular events, but to minimize adverse effects and facilitate patient compliance. Treatment can be divided into nonpharmacological and pharmacological 11 . Both forms of therapy rely heavily on patient education and good communication between doctor and patient. Nonpharmacological measures have the advantages of minimal cost and lack of side-effects, although compliance is not necessarily better. Current generally agreed-upon recommendations are 11 (i) appropriate weight loss (ii) no tobacco and limited alcohol consumption (iii) regular moderate exercise (iv) modest sodium restriction (no added salt) (v) diet low in animal fat and high in vegetable fiber. More controversial advice includes dietary potassium, calcium and fish oil supplementation, and reduced stress and caffeine intake. If these recommendations are followed, a significant number of patients with mild hypertension can avoid drug therapy. Even if drug...

Ejection Sound in Pulmonary Hypertension

Why is an ejection sound heard in pulmonary hypertension This high-frequency phonocardiogram and simultaneous carotid tracing is from a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension secondary to a VSD (Eisenmenger syndrome). Note that the pulmonary ejection (E J) sound does not diminish with inspiration. This high-frequency phonocardiogram and simultaneous carotid tracing is from a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension secondary to a VSD (Eisenmenger syndrome). Note that the pulmonary ejection (E J) sound does not diminish with inspiration. 2. How does an ejection sound heard in pulmonary hypertension differ from one heard in PS ANS In pulmonary hypertension the ejection sound is

Use of Diuretics in the Treatment of Hypertension in Pregnancy

Hypertension in pregnancy can be broadly divided into preexisting hypertension (chronic hypertension), hypertension of pregnancy (usually appearing within the first trimester, but can develop at any time) and preeclampsia eclampsia (occurring in the third trimester). Preeclampsia is characterized by hypertension, proteinuria, edema, and hyperuricemia, with or without associated liver dysfunction and coagulopathy (HELLP syndrome hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets). Eclampsia is diagnosed when hypertension is severe and convulsions occur. An early indication of developing hypertension in pregnancy is failure to observe the normal fall in BP during the first trimester. Patients with preexisting hypertension and hypertension of pregnancy are at increased risk of developing preeclampsia. While there is some debate about diuretic treatment of hypertension in pregnancy, because the plasma volume in pregnant women with hypertension is reduced compared with normotensive...

New onset proteinuria hypertension and at least one of the following

Maternal assessment of women with hypertension after midpregnancy. Mild preeclampsia includes those women who satisfy the criteria for preeclampsia but do not have any features of severe disease. 1. Hypertension should be confirmed by at least two measurements at least several six hours apart.

Treatment of hypertension in preeclampsia

Severe hypertension should be treated. In adult women, diastolic blood pressures > 105 to 110 mm Hg or systolic pressures > 160 to 180 mmHg are considered severe hypertension. In adolescents, treatment is initiated at diastolic pressures of > 100 mm Hg. C. Occasionally, preeclamptic women with severe hypertension are stabilized and not delivered. In these patients, oral antihypertensive therapy is often indicated. The only oral drugs that have been proven to be safe in pregnant women are methyldopa (250 mg twice daily orally, maximum dose 4 g day), and beta-blockers, such as labetalol (100 mg twice daily orally, maximum dose 2400 mg day).

Importance Of Absolute Risk In Hypertension

Hypertension is consistently associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular complications, including stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and renal failure. Antihypertensive treatment decreases the risk of all cardiovascular complications by about 25 , largely through reducing stroke by 38 and coronary events by 16 .6 A key point is that the relative risk reduction, 25 , is approximately constant across all groups of patients,2 meaning that it is similar in men and women, young and old, smokers and non-smokers, and so on. When antihypertensive treatment was targeted only at a predetermined blood pressure threshold, the assumption was that the 25 relative risk reduction translated into a worthwhile chance of benefit for all patients. This assumption was incorrect. The relative risk reduction tells us nothing about the chance of an individual benefiting from treatment by avoiding a cardiovascular complication.7 The chance of benefit is determined by the absolute reduction...

Genetics hypertension and some potential druggene interactions

Forms of high BP have been identified, and they include, for instance, glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism and Liddle's syndrome.38,39 These monogenic forms of hypertension, though sometimes associated with profound elevations of BP, are rare and do not contribute measurably to the burden of hypertensive disease in humans. Essential hypertension, generally mild to moderate elevations of BP in the population, has been associated with several genetic polymorphisms. Halushka and colleagues have identified 874 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 75 candidate genes for BP homeostasis.41 Not surprisingly, the literature on genetics and hypertension is vast. This section will illustrate the findings for several leading candidate genes, including variations in the genes coding for angiotensino-gen,42 the p-2 adrenergic receptor,43 and a adducin,44 with special attention to potential drug-gene interactions that may in the future affect treatment choices. The genetic studies of hypertension...

Genetics of hypertension

Hypertension is among the top three or four most common diseases worldwide. It is an independent risk factor for cardiac morbidity and mortality and a major stimulus for cardiac hypertrophy, which itself significantly increases susceptibility for sudden cardiac death. Hypertension, as indicated previously, is primarily a polygenic disease. It is expected that there are several genes that increase susceptibility to developing hypertension. These genes interact with the environment, and the onset of hypertension is usually age dependent, with 20-30 of the population being hypertensive in their elderly years. Identification of the susceptibility genes remains an elusive goal and is likely to occupy most of the present decade. A recent study emphasizes the importance of identifying the genes responsible for hypertension. Geller and his associates79 recently identified a family with early onset of hypertension. The disease segregates as a dominant mendelian disorder. A mutation was...

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

Birth pulmonary hypertension Figure 22.1 The upper figure (A) illustrates the rapid reduction in pulmonary arterial wall thickness occurring immediately after birth in the normal lung. This process is profoundly disturbed in persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and an increase in medial thickness eventually leads to pulmonary vascular obstructive disease (PVOD) if the pressure remains high. Insert shows abnormal, hypertensive human peripheral pulmonary artery at three days, stained for yactin. Mechanisms are illustrated in B, C, and D. (B) Confocal and transmission electron microscopy shows, in the left hand panel, the normal porcine peripheral pulmonary artery, and in the right hand panel, the pulmonary hypertensive vessel at three days. Normal remodelling entails reorganisation of the smooth muscle cell actin cytoskeleton which undergoes transient disassembly as the cells thin and elongate to spread around an enlarging lumen. In PPHN larger cells are packed with...

Preexisting Chronic Hypertension

Mild and uncomplicated chronic hypertension during pregnancy has a better prognosis than pre-eclampsia. However, there is an increased risk of superimposed pre-eclampsia and possible complications if preexisting renal disease or systemic illness is present. The primary aim of therapy, if necessary, is to prevent cerebrovascular complications and to avoid progression to superimposed pre-eclampsia with its worse prognosis. Nonpharmacological management of this condition during pregnancy remains controversial. In a published review of management of mild to chronic hypertension during pregnancy, no trials were found that compared nonpharmacological interventions with either pharmacological agents or no intervention in pregnant women. This comprehensive search identified 50 randomized controlled trials, but they involved either normotensive women or women with a history of pre-eclampsia. For the management of established chronic hypertension during pregnancy, no relevant evidence could be...

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is commonly present in patients with left sided valve disease and is usually most pronounced in those with longstanding rheumatic mitral valve involvement. Pulmonary hypertension reflects not only passive transmitted back pressure from left atrial hypertension but also an active increase in pulmonary vascular resistance caused by a combination of pulmonary vasoconstriction and obliterative changes in the pulmonary vascular bed. Following the correction of left sided valve defects, an early fall in pulmonary artery pressure is expected and reflects normalisation of left atrial pressure as well as vasomotor changes including relief of vasoconstriction. The most dramatic haemodynamic changes in the pulmonary circulation therefore occur within the first few days after surgery and certainly within the first six months. Thereafter, any further fall in pulmonary vascular resistance is unpredictable and dependent upon structural changes within the hypertrophied...

Prevention of hypertension

Despite the established benefits of antihypertensive treat antihypertensive drugs over decades by 20 or more of the of medical care for hypertension is considerable. Also, the considered.10 Therefore, the prevention of hypertension is a The multifactorial etiology of hypertension is reflected by the large number of non-pharmaceutical approaches that have been tested.11-13 Two types of populations have been examined. In individuals with above optimal but non-hypertensive BP levels, lifestyle interventions have been tested to determine their effect on BP. The outcome has been either BP reduction in short-term trials or prevention of BP elevation with age and reduction in the incidence of hypertension in long-term trials. Trials have also been conducted in hypertensive patients with the objective of determining the BP-lowering effects of various non-pharmacologic interventions. One rationale has been that the findings are likely to be generalizable to non-hypertensive individuals....

Hypertension in Pregnancy

Pregnancy-induced hypertension is a syndrome characterized by hypertension, proteinuria, and edema. This condition usually develops in the third trimester and occurs in approximately 7 or 8 of pregnant women. It occurs more often in women who are young, pregnant for the first time, or are of low socioeconomic status. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but most researchers agree that it is associated with a decreased uterine blood flow leading to reduced fetal nourishment. Previous treatments for this condition included sodium restriction and diuretics however, neither of these has been successful in altering blood pressure, weight gain, or proteinuria in this condition.

Possible Mechanisms Leading to Adult Hypertension

The cardiovascular system regulates blood pressure to maintain an adequate perfusion to meet the needs of each tissue (Figs. 1,4). Normal blood pressure is regulated by a number of organs and physiological systems, exerting both short (reflex) and long-term effects. Mechanisms integrating the control of arterial blood pressure are oudined and possible adaptations in the development of components of the cardiovascular system resulting in alterations in function and the programming of hypertension have been summarised in Figure 4. A caveat that should be considered when examining the mechanisms underlying the programming of hypertension is whether such changes are present before the onset of hypertension or occur as a consequence of the hypertension. Thus ideally, the mechanisms controlling blood pressure should be examined prior to the establishment of chronic hypertension since compensatory mechanisms might confound interpretation of the results once hypertension has developed....

Hypertension during Pregnancy

Another condition common during pregnancy is hypertension.46 It has been predicted that the incidence of chronic hypertension will increase from 1 to 5 in 100 pregnancies over the next decade.47 This is due to the shift to an older child bearing age in women and the increased risk of hypertension in this older population.48 However, few studies have followed the children of mothers with hypertension into adulthood,4951 though both low-birth weight and macrosomic babies have been linked with mild maternal hypertension.50'52 Thus, the question of whether chronic hypertension during pregnancy exposes the fetus to an increased risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life is an important one. Several animal studies have examined the influence of chronic hypertension on fetal development and adult blood pressure. Denton et al53 published the first study to demonstrate that maternal secondary hypertension could programme hypertension in offspring. In a rabbit...

Other Centrally Acting Antihypertensives

Centrally acting antihypertensives all work by decreasing sympathetic outflow in the CNS. The importance of many of these medications has decreased as other classes of medications have gained in prominence. Two medications in particular are considered in this section guanabenz and methyldopa. Overdoses of these medications result in similar effects, including hypotension, symptomatic bradycardia, dry mouth, and potential mental status changes. Hypotension should be treated with intravenous fluids if necessary, vasopressors such as norepinephrine or dopamine should be considered. Bradycardia can be treated with atropine. Methyldopa can be dialyzed, but there is no clear evidence that guanabenz can be dialyzed. A rebound hypertensive condition, similar to that of clonidine withdrawal, may occur with the abrupt cessation of any centrally acting antihypertensive medication.

Renal Artery Intervention For The Treatment Of Hypertension

Mitral Regurgitation

Most patients with arteriosclerotic renal artery disease do not have renovascular hypertension. Rather they have essential hypertension that has been complicated by atherosclerosis and the development of a stenotic renal artery lesion. Therefore the correction of renal artery stenosis is unlikely to cure the hypertension, since the exposure of the non-stenotic kidney to the increased blood pressure results in (subclinical) renal injury. Such subtle renal damage is increasingly recognised as an important cause of persistent hypertension.9 Nevertheless the data from a multicentre registry on renal artery stenting in 1058 patients over a four year period show a beneficial effect of renal revascularisation on blood pressure control.3 months. After 12 months the blood pressure was not significantly different between the two treatment groups, but the interventionally treated patients required fewer drugs. The authors concluded that angioplasty offers little advantage over antihypertensive...

TABLE 1015 Pharmacologic Agents for Antihypertensive Therapy in Preeclampsia and Eclampsia

Methyldopa is the drug most often used to treat pregnant patients with chronic hypertension as use of this drug does not adversely affect the fetus. 11 Dosage can be started at 250 mg every 6 h and titrated for control of blood pressure. sedation may occur during initiation of therapy or when dosage is increased but is usually transient. Close follow-up should be assured for patients placed on methyldopa therapy.

Hypertension Preeclampsia Eclampsia and the Hellp Syndrome

Hypertension complicating pregnancy accounts for 18 percent of maternal deaths. It is also implicated in abruptio placentae and in the birth of preterm and low-birth-weight infants. Hypertension is defined as a blood pressure 140 90 mmHg or greater, a 20-mmHg rise in the systolic, or 10-mmHg rise in the diastolic blood pressure. Thus, a normal-appearing blood pressure may in fact be in the preeclampsia range for a given patient. Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) is elevated blood pressure that develops as a result of pregnancy and regresses postpartum. It cannot be distinguished from transient hypertension during pregnancy except retrospectively. Accordingly, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists no longer use the term PIH, preferring the following, more useful classification (1) chronic hypertension, (2) preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension, (3) transient hypertension, and (4) preeclampsia or eclampsia. 8 Transient hypertension develops after the...

Management of Hypertension

Hypertension in chronic renal insufficiency has been shown to respond to treatment with loop diuretics, either given alone or in combination with thiazide diuretics. A number of authors report success with the combined use of furosemide and hydrochlorothiazide 3 ormetolazone 32 . Whether these agents exert their hypotensive effect exclusively by inducing natriuresis and are thereby useful in patients with advanced renal failure and in patients undergoing dialysis is a matter of controversy. Several investigators have found indapamide effective in lowering blood pressure in patients with chronic renal failure and in patients undergoing dialysis 1, 24 . These effects were thought to be mediated by reduction of the pressor response to norepinephrine and angiotensin II 24 . Others, however, using hydrochlorothiazide or metolazone in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis, affirm that a functioning kidney with the ability to respond to diuretics with a natriuresis is necessary for...

Dietary Factors That Lower Blood Pressure

Additional trials have documented that modest weight loss can prevent hypertension by approximately 20 among overweight, prehypertensive individuals and can facilitate medication step-down and drug withdrawal. Lifestyle intervention trials have uniformly achieved short-term weight loss, primary through a reduction in total caloric intake. In some instances, substantial weight loss has also been sustained over 3 or more years. In aggregate, available evidence strongly supports weight reduction, ideally attainment of a body mass index less than 25 kg m2, as an effective approach to prevent and treat hypertension. Weight reduction can also prevent diabetes and control lipids. Hence, the One of the most important dose-response trials is the DASH-Sodium trial, which tested the effects of three different salt intakes separately in two distinct diets the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and a control diet more typical of what Americans eat. As displayed in Figure 3, the...

Diagnostic Definitions Of Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is defined as a pulmonary arterial pressure > 25 mm Hg at rest or > 30 mm Hg on exercise, although pulmonary hypertension in childhood is usually associated with considerably higher pressures. Pulmonary hypertension can be described as either primary, being of unknown aetiology, or secondary resulting from cardiac or parenchymal lung disease. This description is unsatisfactory, however, since it takes no account of the similarities in pathobiology and response to treatment between primary and certain other types of pulmonary hypertension. It narrows our perspective. A new classification was proposed at a World Health Organization symposium in 1998, based on anatomy, clinical features, and an appreciation of the commonality of at least some of the underlying mechanisms.1 PPH and pulmonary hypertension related to congenital heart disease, PPHN, connective tissue disease, HIV infection, drugs, and toxins were grouped together as pulmonary arterial hypertension....

The failing Fontan circulation and end stage pulmonary hypertension in older patients

When the chronically elevated systemic venous pressure associated with the Fontan operation (direct anastomosis of the right atrium to the pulmonary trunk) is poorly tolerated, creation of a small atrial septal defect may relieve the symptoms of high systemic venous pressure (albeit at the price of some degree of desaturation caused by right to left atrial shunting). Similarly, creation of a small atrial septal defect may reduce right atrial pressure and increase cardiac output in advanced pulmonary hypertension in adults. Because the atrial septum is intact (necessitating septal puncture), and it is difficult to judge as well as to create the appropriate size of defect, this approach has not been widely adopted. Nonetheless, it may be worth consideration if symptoms are severe.9

Essential Hypertension

There is substantial research on the treatment of essential hypertension with biofeedback. Studies show that frontal EMG, finger temperature, SCA, and direct blood pressure feedback have all been used successfully. Most of the research supports combining the biofeedback with some relaxation strategy such as progressive muscle relaxation, or autogenic training. Although direct blood pressure feedback might seem superior because it is straightforward, the research does not support it as a treatment of choice, as the other techniques generally reduce blood pressure more than direct blood pressure feedback.

Treatment of hypertension Grade A

Hypertension is an ideal disease for preventive therapy. It is a highly prevalent disorder, with more than 60 million Americans (one in four adults) estimated to have the disease.1 If untreated, hypertension leads to significant morbidity and mortality, with coronary disease, heart failure and Using data from the Framingham study, Stason and Weinstein evaluated the cost effectiveness of treatment of hypertension as primary prevention by modeling stepped care, from screening for hypertension to drug compliance.28 When stratified by initial blood pressure, age, gender and race, most subgroups had cost-effectiveness ratios of less than 50 000 per quality-adjusted life year. Not surprisingly, the cost effectiveness was more favorable for those with higher initial blood pressures. Other determinants of cost effectiveness were gender, age and compliance. Because hypertension usually requires lifetime therapy, and as most antihypertensive agents are equally efficacious at reducing blood...

Diuretics and Other Antihypertension Agents

NSAIDs may decrease the effectiveness of some antihypertensives, including diuretics, a-adrenergic blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and b-adrenergic blockers. The blood pressure change when both NSAIDs and antihypertensives are used ranges from little effect to hypertensive urgencies. Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis is believed to be central to the attenuation of antihypertensive effects. Lower prostaglandin levels result in decreased renal sodium clearance, water retention, changes in vascular tone, and alterations in the renin-angiotensin system, all which may attenuate the effectiveness of antihypertensive agents. 3

Growth and hypertension and type 2 diabetes

Increased susceptibility to hypertension and type 2 diabetes, two disorders closely linked to CHD.14-17 Table 22.4 is based on 698 patients being treated for type 2 diabetes and 2997 patients being treated for hypertension. It again shows odds ratios according to birthweight and quarters of BMI at age 11 years. The two disorders are associated with the same general pattern of growth as CHD. The risks for each disease fall with increasing birthweight and rise with increasing BMI. The odds ratio for type 2 diabetes is 0-67 (95 CI 0-58-0-79) for each kilogram increase in birthweight and Table 22.4 Odds ratios (95 CI) for hypertension and type 2 diabetes according to birthweight and BMI at 11 years

High Risk Hypertensive Patients

Some patient groups have such high CVD risk and chance of benefit that they require antihypertensive treatment even for mild hypertension (> 140 90 mm Hg) without formal calculation of absolute risk. Patients with any form of symptomatic atherosclerotic vascular disease, including previous myocardial infarction, bypass graft surgery, angina, stroke or transient ischaemic attack, peripheral vascular disease or atherosclerotic renovascular disease need treatment of even very mild hypertension (> 140 90 mm Hg) for secondary prevention. Indeed there is mounting evidence that secondary prevention patients with normal blood pressure (< 140 90 mm Hg) benefit from blood pressure reduction. This is similar in principle to reducing normal or even low cholesterol with statins. Patients with target organ damage such as LVH, heart failure, proteinuria or renal impairment also have high CVD risk and need treatment of even very mild hypertension. Older patients (> 60 years) have high CHD...

Use of Diuretics in the Treatment of Hypertension in Renal Impairment

Hypertension is a consequence of renal impairment and if untreated accelerates the decline in renal function to end-stage renal failure. Moreover, hyperlipidemia and glucose intolerance are more common in chronic renal failure, and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are significantly increased, particularly in patients on dialysis in whom BP control is often difficult. The major cause of hypertension in renal failure is sodium retention and ECV expansion, so-called volume-dependent hypertension. Additional factors may include increased sympathetic nerve acuity, hyperparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, increased and decreased production and or action of endogenous vasoconstrictors (e.g., angiotensin II, endothelin, nitric oxide inhibitors), and vasodilators (e.g., prosta- cyclin and nitric oxide), respectively. Diuretics should be useful in this setting when there is still residual kidney function, but thiazide diuretics are usually ineffective when glomerular filtration rate is much...

Mechanisms Of Hypertension

Siderable variation in sodium intake and level of BP. There is some evidence that subjects can be divided according to their BP response to sodium into those who are sodium-sensitive and those who are not. Thus, abnormal handling of sodium may be a factor in the etiology of hypertension in salt-sensitive individuals in terms of both enhanced renal absorption and vascular effects through impaired Na+ K+ ATPase activity. Inhibition of Na+ K+ ATPase by an endogenous digitalis-like factor in response to sodium-induced ECV expansion leads to an increase in cytosolic calcium in vascular smooth muscle, vasoconstriction, and increased peripheral vascular resistance (see Fig. 5) 2 . Patients with low plasma renin2 activity (blacks and elderly hypertensives) tend to be sodium-sensitive and their BP responds better to dietary sodium restriction 14 . The anion accompanying sodium may be critical in salt-induced hypertension. Studies in animals and humans have shown that salt-sensitive...

Primary pulmonary hypertension

Those with less severe pulmonary hypertension and is largely untried in children. The subcutaneous analogue of prostacyclin treponistil (UT-15) is too painful for use in children. The phosphodiesterase inhibitor sildenafil is untrialled, its effect appears to be relatively short lived in sick children, and there is a risk of irreversible retinal damage linked to phosphodiesterase VI inhibition. The proven treatment of choice for the very sick child is chronic intravenous epoprostenol (prostacyclin) therapy. The dose is titrated according to clinical response, subjective and objective. Children generally need much higher doses of prostacyclin than adults and can become very tolerant of the drug, requiring constant, aggressive, upward adjustment of their dosage. Despite the obvious logistical problems, infants and young children can be managed satisfactorily. Training of two family carers by experienced nursing staff and a network of local support is essential. The side effects of the...

Diuretic Use In Essential Hypertension During Pregnancy

Hypertension in pregnancy represents a risk factor to the mother and fetus even in the absence of preeclampsia. Women with essential hypertension should continue taking their usual anti-hypertensive medications, including diuretics, during pregnancy. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors are an exception and are contraindicated in pregnancy. In one study of women with essential hypertension, diuretics were stopped and the results compared to women who continued diuretic use throughout pregnancy. There was no difference in fetal survival or birth weight, although maternal plasma volume was found to increase only 18 in the diuretic-treated group compared with 36 in those in whom diuretic use was stopped 14 . In another study of pregnant women with severe essential hypertension, all anti-hypertensives, including diuretics, were stopped and only methyldopa given throughout pregnancy. Half of the women developed preeclampsia with reduction in renal function, one developed malignant...

Selection Of An Antihypertensive Agent

The following section outlines therapies for hypertensive emergency and urgency. For those patients in an ambulatory setting, Table53 2. summarizes guidelines for the selection of an antihypertensive agent for patients with various coexisting conditions. 14 Diuretics should be one of the agents of first choice in patients with renal disease and congestive heart failure who are judged to be volume overloaded. Because of their greater prevalence of stage 3 hypertension (systolic pressure of 180 mmHg or more, and diastolic pressure of 110 mmHg or more), African American patients may require multidrug therapy. For treatment of patients with angina pectoris or postmyocardial infarction, b blockers are indicated. They are also indicated for those patients with a history of migraines, atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, and senile tremor. The use of b blockers is safe in the latter part of pregnancy, but their use should be avoided in...

The Nature Of Hypertension

Hypertension is a raised systemic arterial blood pressure (BP). However, BP is a continuously distributed variable and the numerical boundary between nor-motension and hypertension is arbitrary and is based on the increasing cardiovascular risk, in particular stroke, as BP rises (Fig. 1) 7 . A WHO-based classification of hypertension is shown in Table 1. Considering end-point trials of cardiovascular risk (more specifically, stroke), it is now widely accepted that maintaining BP below 140 90 mm Hg is beneficial and that a BP of > 140 90 mm Hg is therefore considered abnormal 10 . However, the level at which pharmacological treatment is used differs between Europe and North America. In North America patients with a diastolic BP of 85 mm Hg or greater are more likely to be given drug treatment to lower BP, but in Europe the criterion for starting antihypertensive drug therapy is approximately 10 mm Hg higher. An isolated numerical definition of hypertension of 140 90 mm Hg or more...


Hypertension occurs in 15 of the UK population. Although mean systemic diastolic and systolic arterial pressure rise with increasing age, hypertension is defined by arbitrarily set levels (Figure PR.6). In 97 of these patients the cause is unknown and they are said to have essential' or primary hypertension. In the remaining 3 , hypertension is secondary to renal or endocrine disease, coarctation of the aorta, drugs or pregnancy. It is important that hypertension is adequately controlled pre-operatively. The pathogenesis of primary hypertension is not understood, but it is known that systemic vascular resistance is increased leading to a possible decrease in cardiac output by 15-20 . Additionally, the level of sympathetic nervous system activity is high resulting in a greater than normal response to any stimulus. In a hypertensive patient there is a much greater fall than normal in systemic arterial pressure on induction of anaesthesia due to a fall in cardiac output resulting from...

Portal Hypertension

Portal hypertension is rare in children in the United States, but is one of the common causes of major upper GI hemorrhage. Extrahepatic portal thrombosis, parenchymal liver disease associated with fibrocystic disease, and biliary cirrhosis in youngsters with congenital biliary atresia surviving as a result of portal enterostomy are examples of conditions that can result in portal hypertension and esophagogastric varices. In two-thirds of cases, no specific cause is found.

Clinical Features

The initial cardiovascular response after spinal cord injury may include hypertension, widened pulse pressure, and tachycardia. 1 This acute response has been shown experimentally to last from 2 to 3 min.9 In animal experiments, the hypotension that is characteristic of neurogenic shock generally begins within 5 min of the acute spinal cord injury.9

Physical Examination

Focus the physical examination on the detection of target-organ damage and determine the acuity. Neurologic examinations that reveal focal findings or mental status changes may indicate hypertensive encephalopathy, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or stroke. A careful funduscopic examination may reveal acute changes such as hemorrhages, cotton-wool exudates, or disk or retinal edema (grade III or IV retinopathy). Alternatively, grade II retinopathy suggests chronic uncontrolled hypertension. Hyperreflexia with peripheral edema in a pregnant woman is suggestive of preeclampsia. This physical finding may also be found in elderly patients with multiple small ischemic strokes (lacunes). On cardiovascular examination, auscultate for carotid bruits, murmurs, third and fourth heart sounds (S 3 and S4), and a pericardial rub. An S3 occurs in association with ventricular failure (either right or left), whereas an S 4 occurs when there is left ventricular hypertrophy and a noncompliant left ventricle....

Is it perhaps time for CR professionals to look at current practice of risk stratification and to consider how risky

Account of the individuals' other health behaviour and motivational risk factors. This is an issue which often leads to confusion, particularly where in primary prevention the focus is on lifestyle issues like smoking and the recognised risk markers for CHD, e.g. hypertension. Box 2.1 poses this question.

Maternalfetal exposures as a cause of midlife CVD

A recently reported association which, if adequately validated by the tests of causation, may have special relevance to the developing countries is the inverse relationship between birth size and CVD in later life.32-38 The fetal origins hypothesis states that adverse intrauterine influences, such as poor maternal nutrition, lead to impaired fetal growth, resulting in low birthweight, short birth length and a small head circumference. These adverse influences are postulated to also program the fetus to develop adaptive metabolic and physiologic responses which facilitate survival. These responses, however, may lead to disordered responses to environmental challenges as the child grows, with an increased risk of glucose intolerance, hypertension and dyslipidemia in later life, with adult CVD as a consequence. Although some supportive evidence for the hypothesis has been provided by observational studies, it awaits further evaluation for a causal role. If it does emerge as an important...

H 83 Clinical Presentation

Abdominal pain might be severe in patients suffering from visceral or renal ischemia. As previously mentioned, the left renal artery is more likely to be compromised, which may explain why severe left flank pain mimicking ureteral colic is often included in the reported history. One should always include questions about hypertension, cardiac disease, peripheral vascular disease, connective tissue abnormalities (such as Marfan's, Turner, and Ehlers-Danlos' syndromes), cystic media ne-

Ischaemic burden myocardial ischaemia

Those at greatest risk of exercise-induced ventricular fibrillation are individuals with significantly impaired left ventricular function namely those who have serious major myocardial damage, due either to a large infarct, multiple infarctions or other conditions affecting ventricular function, e.g. valve disease, myocarditis, hypertension and cardiomyopathy. There is a lack of recent evidence on the incidence of arrhythmic events during CR. In a study cited by Belardinelli (2003) a programme of exercise training for heart failure patients had only one episode of cardiac arrest in 16 years, i.e. 1 per 130000 patient hours. However, as Belardinelli (2003) suggests, the low incidence of arrhythmia, as with other complications, during CR is because exercise is safe if the exercise prescription is 'tailored to the patient's clinical picture and needs'.

ACE Inhibitors and Ang Ii Receptor Antagonists

Angiotensin antagonists represent a major category of antihypertensive agents that exert their influence by interfering with the multiplicity of actions of ANG II on the systemic circulation as well as on the kidney (Fig. 5). There are a large number of ACE inhibitors and a growing number of nonpeptide ANG II receptor antagonists. Of the two main classes of ANG II receptors, the AT receptor has been identified to be responsible for mediating most of the renal vascular and tubular effects. Thus, antagonists of AT receptors are now being used as antihypertensive agents and also enhance sodium excretion for any given level of arterial pressure. Specific renin inhibitors have also been used to reduce the formation of ANG I and II.

TABLE 661 Indications for Hospital Admission

Although the perioperative use of corticosteroids was formerly considered to be a contraindication to transplantation, this is changing somewhat. A maintenance dose of 0.2 to 0.3 mg kg day of prednisone is acceptable to most centers. If it is felt that a patient requires a corticosteroid burst or an increase in the maintenance dose to treat an acute exacerbation, the transplant coordinator should be contacted. A dose of prednisone greater than 20 mg day may result in the patient being suspended from the transplant list until such time that the dose can safely be tapered down to 20 mg day or less. In primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) and Eisenmenger complex, consideration should be given to therapies that may help to decrease pulmonary vascular resistance, such as morphine sulfate, nitrates, and furosemide. For patients with respiratory failure, noninvasive ventilation or endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation may be required, increasing the risk of barotrauma....

Cardiovascular Capacitance

Such as enhanced production of endogenous vasodilator substances and adaptation of baroreflex activity have also been suggested to contribute to the reduced arterial pressure. In uncomplicated essential hypertensive subjects, effective antihypertensive action is usually associated with a sustained moderate reduction of extracellular fluid and plasma volumes. Thus, the correction of arterial pressure and effective blood volume depends on a complex interplay among neural, hormonal, and local regulatory mechanisms that amplify the effects of rather modest volume losses and lead to the normalization of the hemodynamic status of the subject 11,13, 35, 40, 41 .

Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias

Left ventricular hypertrophy (often due to hypertension and or valvular heart disease) or conduction disturbances (left or right bundle branch block or a nonspecific intraventricular conduction disturbance) can create similar functional disturbances on a more chronic basis. An example of this SCD mechanism is the mysterious illness that causes death during sleep in young Asian (especially Thai) men who have no evidence of structural heart disease. 9 Many of these men have an abnormal cardiac conduction system that can be diagnosed by electrophysiologic testing. It is interesting to note that many of these Asian men who are at risk of SCD can be identified from a standard electrocardiogram (ECG), which shows a characteristic pattern of right bundle branch block with ST-segment elevation in V 1-3.

Acute lung injury and ARDS

PAWP < 18 mmHg or absence of clinical evidence of left atrial hypertension Evaluating these criteria closely, the bilateral pulmonary infiltrates on CXR are the clinical manifestation of pulmonary edema. The critical aspect of the definition is the requirement that the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) is less than 18 mmHg or that there is lack of clinical evidence of left atrial hypertension. These criteria eliminate heart failure as a cause of the observed edema, and thus point to an inflammatory etiology.

Myocardial Infarction and Unstable Angina

Absolute Contraindications to Thrombolytics Active internal bleeding, history of hemorrhagic stroke, head trauma, pregnancy, surgery within 2 wk, recent non-compressible vascular puncture, uncontrolled hypertension (> 180 110 mmHg). Relative Contraindications to Thrombolytics Absence of ST-segment elevation, severe hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, recent surgery (within 2 weeks), cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Clinical Applications

In many cases, mutation detection can be used in choosing adequate healthcare, as some mutation positions are associated with the worst prognostic. Knowing the exact mutation position makes it possible to establish the prognostic prior to the disease development course and, based on this, to decide which one is the best therapy. Knowing the polymorphism makes it possible to associate some polymorphisms with hereditary complex disease traits for each different population for example, renin-angiotensin system polymorphisms are associated with high blood pressure in Japanese and African Ameri-can. 1U2

Cost of heart failure

In western developed countries, coronary artery disease, either alone or in combination with hypertension, seems to be the most common cause of heart failure. It is, however, very difficult to be certain what is the primary aetiology of heart failure in a patient with multiple potential causes (for example, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, atrial fibrillation, etc). Furthermore, even the absence of overt hypertension in a patient presenting with heart failure does not rule out an important aetiological role in the past, with normalisation of blood pressure as the patient develops pump failure. Even in those with suspected coronary artery disease the diagnosis is not always correct and in the absence of coronary angiography must remain presumed rather than confirmed. In this context, even coronary angiography has its limitations in identifying atherosclerotic disease. The initial cohort of the Framingham heart study was monitored until 1965 hypertension...

Vascular Disease of the Liver

Portal vein thrombosis can result as a late complication of abdominal trauma, sepsis, pancreatitis, and hypercoagulable states and in neonates with umbilical vein infection. Portal hypertension and related complications develop in a subacute manner. Splenomegaly may occur in the absence of hepatomegaly, and liver histology is normal. The diagnosis is made by angiography, and therapy is surgical. 32

Pathogenesis 1 Embolic CVA

Thrombosis may affect both large and small vessels. Thrombosis of large vessels may occur extracranially (e.g., cervical carotid artery occlusion) or intracra-nially (e.g., MCA occlusion), with resulting systems predictable based on the region served by the affected vessel. Disruption of small penetrating arteries gives rise to lacunar infarction, which typically affects deep brain structures. Lacunar infarctions are thought to arise from chronic hypertension eventually leading to hyalinization and sclerosis of small arteries feeding deep brain neurons.

Systolic Pressurevolume Area Predicts The Oxygen Consumption Of The Heart

Virtually all of the heart's energy is derived from oxidative metabolism. Substrate is primarily fatty acids and to a much lesser extent carbohydrates. As a result, a linear relationship exists between the heart's energy production and its oxygen consumption. Because most of the heart's energy expenditure goes into mechanical work, it is not surprising that there is a close correlation between the oxygen consumption of the heart and its mechanical activity. Figure 13 reveals this relationship. The external physical work done by the heart (pressure times volume) is exactly given by the area within the ejection loop. That area, however, correlates poorly with the heart's oxygen requirements. If, however, an internal work component as shown in Fig. 13 is added to the external work, that sum correlates almost perfectly with the heart's energy demands. This systolic pressure-volume area index leads to some interesting and surprising predictions. For example, notice that raising the aortic...

The case of the Norwood GP

In March 1993 a company commenced a randomised double blind placebo controlled multicentre clinical trial in both hospital and general practice on the efficacy of a new treatment for severe depression. Soon after, another company commenced the UK component of a randomised double blind multinational clinical trial on the effects of a new medicine on high risk patients with hypertension.11 One of the investigators chosen for both studies, though quite independently, was Dr James Bochsler, a single handed general practitioner in Upper Norwood, South London. He had not previously conducted any research for the first company, but had expressed an interest in taking part to one of the company field force representatives, to whom he had also stated that he had done a number of studies previously for other companies. He had, indeed, previously conducted research for the second company and had been selected to take part in the hypertension study according to that company's strict criteria....

The cases of two doctors who died

In September 1994 a major international pharmaceutical company commenced a randomised multinational multicentre comparative Phase IV clinical trial on the effects of a new formulation of an established medicine on high risk patients with hypertension. The company arranged that the UK component of this trial should be supervised by a contract research organisation. The study divided patients into two treatment groups in a randomised double blind fashion involving treatment for a total of three years.12

Statistical Assessment of Validity

There are two broad approaches to establishing validity between test and reference measures comparison of mean values and correlation. The use of mean values is appropriate where group intakes are to be determined or where an absolute measure of intake is required. This is especially important where a threshold value of intake will be used to make recommendations (e.g., recommending an increase in potassium intake because of its association with lower blood pressure and reduced risk of myocardial infarction there would be no point in recommending additional consumption of potassium for individuals who were identified as having intakes already above the levels that were seen to be protective). The correlation technique (plotting the observed measure against the reference measure) is appropriate where it is important to classify subjects according to high or low intakes because differences in intake are associated with different levels of disease risk. In relation to disease risk, a...

Maternal Iron Restriction

Although the mechanisms remain unclear, growth restriction of the offspring of rats fed an iron-deficient diet throughout gestation has been consistently reported. Elevated blood pressure appears to occur in response to maternal iron restriction and persists throughout the life of the offspring. Changes in cardiac size are evident prior to the initiation of hypertension in the offspring of iron-restricted rat dams. Elevated levels of cardiac hypertrophy may therefore contribute to the programed rise in blood pressure documented in these offspring. Renal development is also adversely altered in the offspring of iron-restricted dams. Maternal iron restriction during pregnancy can induce reductions in nephron and glomerular number in the adult rodent offspring. Significant inverse relationships between glomerular number and systolic blood pressure exist in the offspring of iron-restricted dams suggesting that abnormal renal development may also be involved in inducing the hypertensive...

What should the reader look for

The distribution of baseline prognostic factors among the study groups should be included in one of the early tables of a trial report. It is important for the reader to review this table to obtain a sense of group comparability. Group differences are very unusual in large trials. Therefore, it came as no surprise when the reported differences in both mean baseline systolic and diastolic blood pressures in the Captopril Prevention Project1 attracted a lot of attention.2 In this trial of about 11,000 hypertensive subjects, the 2-3 mm Hg difference suggested tampering with the randomization process. The probability that these differences were due to chance alone was less than one in a million.

Mechanical blood pumps

Total heart replacement became virtually redundant when it was clear that more than 90 of patients could be sustained with left ventricular support alone. Only those with advanced right ventricular pathology or fixed pulmonary hypertension require biventricular support. Those LVADs currently used for bridge to transplantation have their origins in the 1970s and can be regarded as first generation blood pumps. The Novacor (Baxter Health Care, California, USA) and Thermo-Cardio Systems (Woburn, Massachusetts, USA) LVADs consist of a blood sac in series with the native left ventricle and compressed by a pusherplate mechanism, either electrically or pneumatically driven.24 25 Bioprosthetic heart valves dictate the direction of flow. This mechanism mimics the native left ventricle by providing pulsatile stroke volume with either variable or fixed pump rate. The patients own left ventricle is completely offloaded so that the aortic valve does not open. While large external pneumatic...

Glucocorticoids and DNA Demethylation

Epigenetic modifications have recently been implicated in the mechanism by which glucocorticoids influence fetal programming. 6 In rats glucocorticoid exposure of dams results in decreased birth weight of the offspring and leads to hypertension and glucose intolerance once these offspring reach adulthood. These effects are similar to those seen in fetal malnutrition. Some people are now suggesting that fetal malnutrition can lead to glucocorticoid overexposure of the fetus as a result of down regulation of 11 (3-HSD2, a placental enzyme normally involved in inactivation of glucocorticoids.27 Glucocorticoids, acting through the glucocorticoid receptor (GR), have been shown to mediate epigenetic changes, including DNA demethylation and chromatin remodelling, at the promoters of some genes known to be responsive to glucocorticoids.28 Interestingly, it has recendy been shown that maternal licking of newborns can reset the transcriptional activity of the GR in brains of these offspring....

Blood Pressure Modification

Alteration of hydrostatic forces in the cerebral circulation is possible through titration of systemic arterial pressure. Reductions of systemic arterial pressure with antihypertensive agents decrease pressure gradients that may precipitate or exacerbate hydrostatic, vaso-genic, and ischemic edema. This concept forms the basis for the treatment of hypertensive encephalopathy and related conditions. Although hydrostatic gradients do not mediate the initial changes in vasogenic edema, these forces may encourage extravasation across a damaged BBB. This effect may contribute to the pathogenesis of reperfusion injury following lysis of an arterial occlusion or surgical repair of a hemodynamically significant arterial stenosis. The presence of ischemia limits blood pressure reduction because decreased CPP may precipitate further is-chemic injury.

Cardiovascular Disease

Overall, the risk of coronary artery disease posttransplant is three- to fivefold that for age- and sex-matched control subjects. Risk factors for coronary artery disease include (1) pretransplant coronary artery disease, (2) hyperlipidemia secondary to antirejection medications, (3) hypertension, (4) steroids, (5) insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, (6) erythrocytosis with increased blood viscosity, (7) smoking, and (8) frequent rejection episodes. 21 Hypertension is found in approximately 50 percent of all transplant patients. Possible causes of hypertension include (1) graft rejection, (2) CYA toxicity, (3) glomerulonephritis (recurrent and de novo), (4) graft renal artery stenosis, (5) essential hypertension from native kidneys, (6) hypercalcemia, and (7) steroids. 22 Calcium channel blockers (CCB) have been shown to be particularly efficacious in treating hypertension in renal transplant patients on CYA, although CCBs interfere with CYA metabolism.

Shortterm Adaptations Postdiuretic Nacl Retention

Diuretic induced decrements in ECF volume have been shown to be associated with suppression of atrial natriuretic peptide secretion. These changes occur following diuretic administration in both normal individuals and in patients with nephrotic syndrome 16 , chronic glomerulonephritis, and essential hypertension. In some studies, atrial natriuretic peptide concentrations have declined before significant changes in extracellular or blood volume occur in these cases it has been suggested that furosemide-induced changes in venous capacitance may underlie the effect.

Transgenerational Effects

Some epidemiological studies indicate that the effects of fetal programming can be passed on to the next generation.33 Although there is evidence of transgenerational inheritance of low birthweight, cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors in humans, reviewed by Drake and Walker,33 the most convincing evidence of this phenomena comes from animal models. As discussed previously, rat dams fed protein-deficient diets, produce low birthweight offspring. In one study, these effects were seen to be intergenerational, that is, low birthweight offspring were shown to go on and produce low birthweight offspring of their own.33 This is despite the fact that they were fed a normal diet. This effect persisted for several generations after a normal protein diet was reintroduced.33 Transmittance of fetal programming across generations has also been reported for glucose intolerance and hypertension in rats.33 More recently, intergenerational effects of glucocorticoids have been shown in rats.26 This...

Large Vessel Vasculitis Introduction Clinical Setting

Large-vessel vasculitis affects the aorta and its major branches with transmural chronic inflammation that is characterized even in the acute phase by infiltration of predominantly mononuclear leukocytes, often with accompanying multinucleated giant cells (11). The two major clinicopatho-logic variants are giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis. The best distinguishing feature between these two variants is the age of the patient (11). Giant cell arteritis rarely occurs before 50 years of age and Takayasu arteritis virtually always occurs prior to the age of 50. Postmortem examination reveals that pathologic involvement of the kidneys by large-vessel vasculitis is much more common than clinically significant involvement (3). The most common clinical manifestation is renovascular hypertension, which results form involvement of the main renal artery or its major branches, especially the lobar (interlobar) arteries (24,25).

Chapter References

National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group Report on high blood pressure in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 163 1689, 1990. 9. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Hypertension in Pregnancy. Technical bulletin 219. Washington, 1996. 11. Sibai BM Treatment of hypertension in pregnant women. N Engl J Med 335 257, 1996.

Small dense LDLC particles phenotype B

The entire population may be generally divided into two categories on the basis of predominant LDL species present in plasma. People with a predominance of smaller, more dense LDL particles exhibit an increased propensity for oxidative susceptibility of these species.85 These individuals have a higher risk for CHD, which may be associated to interrelated changes in plasma lipids, specifically an increase in triglycerides and reduced plasma levels of HDL. Alternatively, this pattern may be related to the insulin resistance syndrome, or syndrome X, which consists of impaired glucose tolerance, increased insulin levels, hypertension and abnormalities of coagulation factors. No trial of clinical outcomes and intervention of LDL subspecies has been done.

Regression to the mean

When measurements of a given parameter (e.g. blood pressure) are repeated, the extreme values will tend to move towards the mean value. Patients who had a high blood pressure will be found to have a lower blood pressure, whereas it will tend to increase in those who had a low blood pressure. This phenomenon has also been found within populations so that tall fathers have shorter sons and short fathers have taller sons. The practical implication of this phenomenon is that treatments must be tried on a whole range of patients. If only those patients lying at the extremes of the range are treated an apparent effect will be detected purely as a result of regression to the mean.

Etiology Pathogenesis

Hypertension has been presumed to cause end-organ damage in the kidney, and hypertension undoubtedly accelerates progressive scarring of renal parenchyma, but the relationship of hypertension and arterionephrosclero-sis is not simple and linear (11). In a large series of renal biopsies in patients with essential hypertension, arterionephrosclerosis was present in the vast majority, and the severity of arteriolar sclerosis correlated significantly with level of diastolic blood pressure (9). However, in several large autopsy series of patients with presumed benign hypertension, significant renal lesions were rare (4,5). Further, the level of blood pressure does not directly predict degree of end-organ damage African-Americans have higher risk for more severe end-organ damage at any level of blood pressure (2). The African American Study of Kidney Disease (AASK) trial showed that African Americans with presumed arterionephrosclerosis indeed did not have other lesions, by renal biopsy,...

Placebocontrolled trials

23 million civilian non-institutionalized adults are currently taking antihypertensive medications.5 This high level of drug use to treat an asymptomatic condition has been justified by the high population burden of major morbidity and mortality causally related to untreated hypertension, and by strong evidence of treatment efficacy and safety from large, long-term clinical trials. In SHEP,20 which enrolled older adults with isolated systolic hypertension, the 5 year event rates for the combined end points of CHD and stroke per 100 patients were 13-6 in the placebo group and 9-4 in the active group. The risk difference of 4-2 means that about 24 older adults need to be treated for 5 years in order to prevent one coronary or cerebrovascular event. It must be recognized that calculating the number needed to treat in this manner from randomized clinical trials produces an underestimate for several reasons, chiefly the selection or self-selection of lower-risk patients into trials and the...

What is the usefulness of quality of life assessments

Quality of life measures can sometimes produce unexpected results. A study evaluated the effects of antihypertensive drug treatment on various aspects of well-being using interviews with the patients themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their physicians.2 The physicians reported no noticeable change in their patients' well-being, as blood pressure was usually controlled and the patients had not complained. In contrast, three-quarters of the spouses had noted moderate to severe deterioration in the patients' behaviors and attitudes. Adverse effects noted were a decline in energy and general activity, preoccupation with illness, changes in mood and memory, and reduced libido. Some patients admitted certain negative effects of treatment. In general, the effects of treatment on a person's well-being are best assessed by the patients themselves, or someone who knows them well, rather than by their physician. Despite a lack of consensus on the definition of HRQL and the...

TABLE 791 Vomiting and Diarrhea The Gastroenteritis Mnemonic

Second, determine what symptoms accompany the vomiting. Is the patient febrile Fever could point toward an infectious or inflammatory source, or it could represent a toxicologic cause, such as salicylate intoxication. Is there associated abdominal pain, back pain, headache, or chest pain that may point to a specific cause Pancreatitis, cholecystitis, peptic ulcer disease, appendicitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease typically cause abdominal pain. Back pain usually accompanies aortic dissections, rupturing aortic aneurysms, pyelonephritis, and renal colic. Vomiting is one of the signs of increased intracranial or intraocular pressure and may be a foreboding sign in patients complaining of headache. Finally, the complaint of vomiting associated with chest or epigastric pain might suggest a diagnosis of myocardial ischemia. In female patients, obstetric and gynecologic causes of vomiting should always be considered. In a pregnant woman, epigastric pain and vomiting accompanying...

Cardiovascular Physiology

Several physiologic terms are important to understand, particularly with regard to therapy. Preload is normally considered the amount of blood that the heart receives to distribute to the body. Decreasing the amount of blood flowing into the heart lowers the cardiac output. Preload can be reduced due to pharmacologic means such as by the use of intravenous nitrates or by blood loss. Similarly, increasing the amount of blood into the heart will increase the cardiac output in accordance with Starling forces, until the point of maximum compliance of the ventricular wall. At this point, cardiac output decreases dramatically and congestive heart failure occurs. Afterload refers to the resistance to blood flow out of the heart. Afterload may be increased anatomically in neonates by an obstructive lesion, such as aortic stenosis or critical coarctation of the aorta. Afterload depends on the size of the ventricle and its compliance or elasticity. The compliance in the neonatal heart is...

Anatomical Changes With

White Matter Hyperintensities With the advent of MRI, abnormal signals were observed in the white matter in a number of neurological diseases known to affect the white matter (e.g., multiple sclerosis and Binswanger's disease), in various dementias, as well as in the elderly. Because these MRI signals are often best observed using scanning parameters that result in their appearing as bright lucencies against a black (low-signal) white matter, they have been termed white matter hyperintensities (WMHs). Two kinds have been distinguished (i) Periventricular white matter hyperintensities (PWMHs) appear either as frontal or occipital caps of the cerebral ventricles or as a thin lining surrounding the ventricles, and (ii) deep white matter hyperintensitites (DWMHs) are seen as subcortical punctate foci, although larger confluences of foci form with increased severity and often merge with the PWMHs. The neuropathological substrate for these signals can vary depending on the disease. In...

Sites of A2 and P2 Loudness

Note This implies that if the P2 (split S2) is also heard to the right of the sternum or at the apex in a thick-chested adult, the P2 is probably louder than normal. When the P2 is heard unexpectedly at the apex, you will usually find that the RV is enlarged and the apex beat is not due to the LV but entirely to the RV. Thus, in atrial septal defects (ASDs) it is expected that the large RV will make the P2 audible at the apex, even though there may be no pulmonary hypertension.

Hemodynamically Stable Symptomatic Patients

Large VSDs present with congestive heart failure early in infancy, resulting in early and severe pulmonary artery pressure that, if uncorrected, will result in pulmonary hypertension. Such pulmonary hypertension will result in reversal of left-to-right shunt and frank cyanosis in a condition known as the Eisenmenger complex. Originally felt to be surgically irreversible, some centers now are routinely repairing such defects in adolescents who had inadequate management in infancy. 10 In infancy, symptomatic infants present with congestive heart failure and feeding difficulty. Decreased pulse amplitude and duration are noted in the lower extremities, and hypertension is noted in the upper extremities. Cardiac examination reveals a systolic ejection murmur at the cardiac base, with interscapular radiation.

Physiologic Correlates of Congestive Heart Failure

Poor contractility is not usually considered a major cause of congestive heart failure in small infants, because the ventricular walls are still relatively noncompliant. In older pediatric patients, though, poor contractility becomes an issue. Kawasaki syndrome, idiopathic endocardial fibroelastosis, pulmonary hypertension associated with Eisenmenger syndrome, and toxic-metabolic causes should be considered in adolescent patients with congestive heart failure. Less frequent inflammatory causes include myocarditis, constrictive pericarditis, and collagen vascular diseases. Treatment is geared toward increasing contractility with dobutamine or digoxin. 15

Microvascular Disease of the Brain

Age, hypertension, diabetes, and smoking all cause damage within the microvasculature. These damaged vessels may leak protein that deposits in the walls, producing stiffness and hardening. Microvascular damage makes it difficult for the vessels to dilate and constrict. When flow through these small vessels is sufficiently diminished, a small (lacunar) stroke or silent stroke may result. Risk factor modification is the key to preventing microvascular disease and subsequent stroke. Microvascular disease of the brain affects half of all people aged 70 or older, according to large MR studies that have been done. These areas of MR signal abnormality may be due to demyelina-tion or ischemic damage, and the demyelinating lesions are thought to have an ischemic basis as well (i.e., ischemic demyelination). Microvascular disease of the brain also relates in part to impaired blood flow during periods of relative hypotension, which leads to ischemia in brain areas with disturbed autoregulation....

Pathophysiology Of Transplant Rejection

Cyclosporine (CYA) and Tacrolimus (FK506) are both macrolide antibiotics produced by fungi. Although structurally unrelated, both CYA and FK506 agents block the proliferation of helper and cytotoxic T cells and inhibit lymphokine release. Unlike azathioprine and steroids, CYA and FK506 do not interfere with activation and proliferation of suppressor T lymphocytes. In fact, their major immunosuppressant effect may be directly related to their activation of suppressor cells. Both CYA and FK506 have similar toxic profiles, including, nephrotoxicity, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and hypertension. CYA has a vital role in maintenance antirejection therapy CYA trough whole blood levels between 150 and 300 ng mL are associated with graft survival.

Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic dysreflexia is an acute syndrome characterized by abrupt onset of excessively high blood pressure caused by uncontrolled sympathetic nervous system discharge in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Au-tonomic dysreflexia is potentially life-threatening. The syndrome was first described by Head and Rid-doch in 1917 (Head and Riddoch 1917). In 1947, Gutt-mann and Whitteridge showed the effects of bladder distensions on the cardiovascular system (Guttmann and Whitteridge 1947). Autonomic dysreflexia is also known as autonomic hyperreflexia, paroxysmal neuro-genic hypertension, sympathetic hyperreflexia, and neurovegetative syndrome.

Epidemiology Pathophysiology and Clinical Features

In SCI patients, these higher inhibitory pathways are not intact and cannot reach the splanchnic bed, resulting in high blood pressure. As a parasympathetic reflex, the heart beat is also reduced (bradycardia). Typical clinical signs and symptoms are Sudden severe hypertension

Blood Pressure and Renal Programming

A number of rodent models have been developed to explore the impact of global nutrient restriction upon long-term vascular functions, and in particular blood pressure. Studies of uterine ligation and severe maternal food restriction8 have already been noted earlier in this chapter. Whilst these particular global restriction models appear to support the nutritional programming hypothesis in general terms, less severe global nutrient restriction studies have less clear-cut effects. In rats, 50 reduction of food intake in the second half of pregnancy did not increase blood pressure in the resulting offspring. However, although these offspring were not hypertensive they exhibited altered vascular responsiveness to nitric oxide, indicating subde programming of vascular reactivity and function.32 Rats allowed to consume 70 of ad libitum intake produced pups that were hypertensive relative to control animals from 13 weeks of age.33 Similarly a very mild global nutrient restriction in guinea...

Sarah E Capes Hertzel C Gerstein

Recent studies suggest that in patients with diabetes, the degree of glucose elevation is directly related to the risk of cardiovascular disease. For non-diabetic patients, a critical overview of the available epidemiologic studies suggests that this continuous relationship extends below the diabetic threshold and includes mildly elevated glucose levels that are generally considered to be normal. There may or may not be a lower glucose threshold to this risk. Thus, like total cholesterol or diastolic hypertension, glucose appears to be a continuous cardiovascular risk factor. Whether or not modification of this risk factor by interventions that lower glucose levels will also prevent cardiovascular disease remains an important and unanswered question.

Developmental Origins of Cardiovascular Disease Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity in Humans

Fetal Origins Adult Disease

Fetal growth restriction and low weight gain in infancy are associated with an increased risk of adult cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. The fetal origins of adult disease hypothesis proposes that these associations reflect permanent changes in metabolism, body composition and tissue structure caused by undernutrition during critical periods of early development. An alternative hypothesis is that both small size at birth and later disease have a common genetic aetiology. These two hypotheses are not mutually exclusive. In addition to low birthweight, fetal 'overnutrition caused by maternal obesity and gestational diabetes leads to an increased risk of later obesity and type 2 diabetes. There is consistent evidence that accelerated BMI gain during childhood, and adult obesity, are additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These effects are exaggerated in people of low birthweight. Poor fetal and infant growth combined with recent...

Oral Dopamine Agonists

Dopamine has striking effects on cardiac and renal function in patients with congestive heart failure as outlined above. Additionally, alterations of endogenous dopamine production or metabolism may participate in the pathogenesis of hypertension. The fact that dopamine infusion leads to vasodilation and na-

Beta Blockers and Anxiety Fear

A different kind of emotional effect of beta-blockers has also been observed. These drugs are most frequently prescribed for the treatment of hypertension because one of their effects is to prevent the increases in blood pressure that are otherwise produced by adrenergic arousal. One of the common side effects of beta-blocker treatment is sadness and depression (Rosen & Kostis, 1985). This result is consistent with the fact that sadness is a low-arousal emotional state. Once again, one must be cautious in interpreting these effects, since they could be produced centrally. They do seem to occur equally with the peripherally acting beta-blockers, therefore suggesting that chronic drug-produced reductions in arousal level may lead to sadness and depression.

Electron Microscopy

Thus, the pathologic appearance of PSS overlaps with that of malignant hypertension and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Idiopathic malignant hypertension tends to involve smaller vessels, that is, afferent arterioles, whereas PSS may extend to interlobular size and larger vessels, and TMA typically involves primarily glomeruli. However, distinction of PSS and malignant hypertension solely on morphologic grounds is not feasible, and clinicopathologic correlation is required for specific diagnosis.

Renal Hemodynamic Effects

Diuretics tend to increase renal blood flow acutely in normal subjects and patients with hypertension, probably through prostaglandin mediated pathways 15, 29 , Renal vascular resistance must fall substantially as renal perfusion pressure will fall due to the diuretic. Frusemide may also redistribute blood flow toward the renal cortex 15 . During longer term therapy RAAS activation, resulting in a preferential increase in efferent arteriolar tone, may reverse the direct pharmacological effect of the diuretics. Chronic diuretic administration and RAAS activation is probably mainly responsible for the reduction in renal blood flow characteristic of chronic heart failure 15 . In patients with heart failure, in the absence of an ACE inhibitor, acute administration of a diuretic has little overall effect on renal blood flow 15 . This probably reflects the overriding effect of concomitant RAAS activation.

Structural Cardiac Disease

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION Primary pulmonary hypertension (without structural heart disease) is uncommon but can present in adolescence. It is often associated with dyspnea on exertion, shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, and syncope. Eisenmenger syndrome is acquired pulmonary hypertension due to a cardiac shunt. High blood flow to the pulmonary circulation from a left-to-right shunt leads to a reactive increase in pulmonary resistance. After months to years, the development of pulmonary hypertension causes the shunt to reverse to a right-to-left shunt and cyanosis becomes apparent. One-half of patients with pulmonary hypertension develop syncope.14 Physical findings include an increased ventricular impulse, a loud second heart sound, and cyanosis, which is particularly prominent in patients with Eisenmenger syndrome. Syncope and sudden death in these patients are usually related to an dysrhythmia.

Reninangiotensinaldosterone System And Effects On Electrolytes

Diuretic therapy is one of the principle causes of RAAS activation in heart failure and essential hypertension 23 . Renin release reflects not only volume depletion, but also sympathetic nervous system activation and direct, prosta-glandin-mediated, renal renin release. Increases in aldosterone, predominantly under the control of angiotensin II in these settings, may attenuate the natriuretic effect of diuretics and is the principal cause of hypokalemia in heart failure. RAAS activation also contributes to vasoconstriction and structural remodeling of the heart and vasculature in heart failure and, probably, hypertension. Neuroendocrine activation may contribute importantly to the morbidity and mortality associated with these conditions 11 .

Sympathetic Nervous System

Diuretics increase plasma noradrenaline in patients with hypertension, probably a baroreflex response to a tendency for plasma volume to fall acutely. In patients with untreated heart failure diuretics may reduce plasma noradrenaline though this has not been subject to controlled studies 6 , In patients treated with diuretics chronically sympathetic activity is generally increased and plasma noradrenaline rises further on administration of a diuretic 15 . ACE inhibitors can reduce basal sympathetic activity in heart failure and attenuate the acute increase in plasma noradrenaline observed after diuresis 15 ,

Blood Flow Velocities And Pressures In The Renal Vasculature

As shown by the scanning electron micrograph in Fig. 1, the glomerular capillaries are supplied by the afferent arteriole. However, the blood that leaves the glomerulus does not flow out through a venule as in most capillary systems, but through a second resistance vessel, the efferent arteriole. Because of this arrangement, most of the total drop in pressure from the arterial to the venous side of the circulation is divided between the two arterioles, resulting in a higher blood pressure in the glomerular capillary network and a lower blood pressure in the peritubular capillary network. The distribution of the fall in hydrostatic pressure is given in Table 1.

Pathologic Findings Light Microscopy

Fibrin and platelet thrombi are present, primarily in the glomeruli (1-4). Fibrin is best visualized on hematoxylin and eosin or silver stains. Lesions may extend to arterioles, with some overlap with progressive malignant hypertension and systemic sclerosis, where arteriolar and even larger vessel involvement occurs (Figs. 11.1 and 11.2). Mesangiolysis occurs frequently, but is a focal, subtle lesion that may be overlooked (11). Mesangial areas seem to unravel, resulting in very long, sausage-shaped capillary loops due to the loss of mesangial integrity and coalescence of adjoining loops.

Kate M Denton Michelle M Kett and Miodrag Dodic Abstract

Hypertension can be programmed by experimental manipulation of the intrauterine environment. Studies to date suggest that, at least in some models, common pathways such as glucocorticoids or the renin-angiotensin system cause programming of arterial pressure. How mechanisms involved in controlling normal arterial pressure have been altered, remains a largely unanswered question, though the process may include the programming of the major organs and endocrine neural systems involved in long-term blood pressure regulation. Clear evidence demonstrates a prominent role for the programming of the kidney in the development of hypertension. The major mechanisms examined to date include a reduced nephron endowment and alterations to the function of renal renin-angiotensin system. These studies do not preclude a role for other major cardiovascular organ systems (brain, vasculature, heart) in the programming of hypertension. Several studies have identified sex-specific differences in the...

Models of Arterial Pressure Programming

There is now compelling evidence to support the hypothesis that events occurring during fetal life can have life-long consequences for the health of the adult. The first models centred on producing low birth weight via maternal nutrient restriction, in line with the original hypothesis that low birth weight was associated with high blood pressure.6,7 With an increasing understanding of the mechanisms of fetal programming, models have become more specific, examining the impact of micro-nutrient deficiencies, hormones, and conditions that are common in human pregnancy, such as anaemia and hypertension. Attention has also begun to focus on critical windows during development when different organs have a greater susceptibility to programming.8

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