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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

Chronic Hypertension 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 as mild or...

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 mm Hg 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,49 51 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 . This...

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 risk by virtue...

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

Antihypertensive Selection

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 fails...


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.

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.

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

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...

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....

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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 .

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.

Ion Channels And Disease

Mutations in the coding region of ion channel genes may lead to gain or loss of channel function, either of which may have deleterious consequences. For example, mutations producing enhanced activity of the epithelial Na+ channel are responsible for Liddle syndrome, an inherited form of hypertension, whereas other mutations in the same protein that cause reduced channel activity give rise to hypotension. The most common inherited disease in Caucasians is also an ion channel mutation. This disease is cystic fibrosis (CF), which results from mutations in the epithelial chloride channel, known as CFTR. The most common mutation, the deletion of a phenylalanine at position 508, results in defective processing of the protein and prevents it from reaching the surface membrane. CFTR regulates chloride fluxes across epithelial cell membranes, and this loss of CFTR activity leads to reduced fluid secretion in the lung, resulting in potentially fatal lung infections.

Clinicopathologic Correlations

Long-term follow-up 10 years after HUS has shown a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in half of patients (22). Histologic distribution of lesions may have some prognostic significance. Degree of histo-logic damage, rather than initial clinical severity, was the best predictor of long-term prognosis in HUS (23). Predominantly glomerular involvement has a better outcome than larger vessel involvement. Glomerular predominant injury is the most frequent pattern of injury in children. Hypertension is more frequent with larger vessel, rather than glomerular, injury. Poor prognosis was predicted by cortical necrosis or thrombotic microangio-pathy involving 50 of glomeruli at time of presentation. Segmental sclerosis was associated with decreased GFR long term. Recurrence in the transplant is very common in familial forms of HUS, and is most often associated with graft loss. Initial levels of serum plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in patients with HUS also correlated...

Anticoagulation In Af

Long standing non-rheumatic AF is associated with a 5.6 fold increase in risk of thromboembolic complications.w47 Several predisposing factors for stroke have been identified from pooled data sets rheumatic heart disease, hypertension, prior strokes or transient ischaemic attacks, diabetes mellitus, recent heart failure, enlarged left atrium, impaired left ventricular function or age 65 years.w48 w49 Large trials have been conducted and have convincingly demonstrated the benefit of adequate anticoagulation (international normalised ratio 2-3) in terms of reducing the risk of ischaemic stroke.w50-57 The above mentioned risk factors should be taken into account irrespective of the rhythm itself (sinus rhythm or High risk patients -history of CVA or TIA -hypertension -diabetes mellitus -heart failure

Carotid and Aortic Baroreceptor Reflex

Baroreceptors in the carotid sinus and the arch of the aorta monitor arterial pressure, arterial pulse pressure and heart rate. They play a key role in maintaining cardiovasular homeostasis against acute disturbances as occur in trauma or exercise. Carotid sinus baroreceptors are more sensitive to blood pressure changes than aortic baroreceptors. The carotid baroreceptors also respond to external mechanical stimulation, which increases their firing rate eliciting an inhibitory vasomotor response. In susceptible individuals this may reduce blood pressure sufficiently to induce syncope. Therapeutically, carotid sinus massage can sometimes be effective in slowing a supraventricular tachycardia.

Benign anorectal conditions

Colonic, anorectal and peristomal varices arise as a complication of portal hypertension and can cause painless, massive lower GI hemorrhage. Nevertheless, it is the more humble anorectal conditions that present more typically with lower GI bleeding. In a review of nearly 18 000 patients with lower GI bleeding, haemorrhoids, fissure and fistula-in-ano were the cause in 11 of patients. It is, therefore, important to thoroughly examine the anorectum early in the evaluation before proceeding to more invasive and complex diagnostic methods. Digital rectal examination, proctoscopy and sigmoidoscopy should be performed in all patients with rectal bleeding. Discovery of benign anorectal disease does not eliminate the possibility of a more proximal bleeding source, and complete colonic evaluation is recommended.

How may selection bias affect trial findings

According to a Medline search, there were 1,430 randomized clinical trials of calcium channel blockers published between 1990 and 1995.3 Most of them focused on surrogate outcomes. There was no single large trial conducted during that period to determine whether and to what extent these agents reduce the risks of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure in subjects with hypertension, the major indication for these agents.

Introduction Clinical Setting

Diabetic nephropathy is a clinical syndrome in a patient with diabetes mellitus that is characterized by persistent albuminuria, worsening proteinuria, hypertension, and progressive renal failure (1,2). Approximately a third of patients with type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and type 2 non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) develop diabetic nephropathy (2). The pathologic hallmark of diabetic nephropa-thy is diabetic glomerulosclerosis that results from a progressive increase in extracellular matrix in the glomerular mesangium and glomerular basement membranes. Diabetic glomerulosclerosis is the leading cause of endstage renal disease in the United States, Europe, and Japan (1).

Aortic valve regurgitation

Aortic valve insufficiency is rare in this age group and represents only 3-5 of the valve surgery caseload.5 Chronic forms are found in patients with longstanding hypertension, in patients with progressive dilatation of the ascending aorta, and in patients who previously received an aortic bioprosthesis that has degenerated. Medical treatment, centred on the administration of vasodilators, often succeeds in stabilising or slowing progression of regurgitation. While surgery is advised prophyl-actically in young patients for echocardio-graphic signs of early ventricular deterioration or for when the diameter of the ascending aorta exceeds 6 cm, it should be deferred in octogenarians to when symptoms occur. In case of dilatation of the ascending aorta, a reduction plasty of the aorta reinforced with a synthetic mesh combined with the aortic valve replacement is a valuable alternative to the more radical but also more dangerous composite graft replacement. Acute forms of aortic valve...

End Points for Diuresis

Diuresis reduces right and left ventricular diastolic pressures, reverses pulmonary congestion, ameliorates dyspnea and orthopnea, improves exercise tolerance, and controls peripheral edema. Vasodilation, lower blood pressure and afterload reduction can improve cardiac output. However, lower diastolic filling pressures can also decrease cardiac output and excessive diuresis can compromise organ perfusion and cardiac performance. Clearly, patients whose cardiac performance is on the descending limb of the Frank-Starling curve are at greatest risk from diuretic therapy.

As The Cause Of A Split S

A bicuspid aortic valve without stenosis. (Bicuspid valves may or may not become stenotic.) b. A stiff aortic valve, such as that occurring in AS or hypertension. Note Hypertension may stretch the aortic root, causing the cusps to become taut and therefore to open with a sharp sound. This phonocardiogram is from a 40-year-old woman with mild hypertension. The third component is probably an aortic ejection sound. This sounded simply like a widely split S1, probably because the T1 was too close to the Ml to be audible.

Abnormalities of the V Wave

Descent Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Why will a high mid-diastolic pressure of pulmonary hypertension or stenosis have a high V wave ANS Pulmonary hypertension or stenosis thickens the RV, thus raising the diastolic pressures. If there is a high pressure in this common atrioventricular (AV) chamber throughout diastole, then when the tricuspid valve is closed during systole the atrial V wave rises from a baseline that is higher than normal.

Patient related risk factors

The incidence of stroke and systemic embolism rises with increasing age, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, increasing fibrinogen, and acquired or congenital abnormalities of the coagulation system. The type and severity of the underlying valve disease are important risk factors. Patients with the highest risk for thromboembolism are patients with mitral stenosis, particularly those who develop atrial fibrillation. In these patients the risk of thromboembolism increases to 20 per year. Atrial fibrillation is a very potent risk factor for thromboembolic events, particularly in patients with heart valve disease and after valve replacement. Whereas atrial fibrillation without associated heart disease is associated with a minimal increase in thromboembolic risk to 0.5 per year, the association with other cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension increases the risk of stroke to about 4-6 per year. Atrial fibrillation associated with mitral valve disease leads to an 18...

Inhibition of aAdrenergic Receptors

Inhibition of postsynaptic central and peripheral a-adrenergic receptors is a characteristic action of most TCAs. They do not inhibit b-adrenergic receptors. TCAs have a much greater affinity for a - than a2-adrenergic receptors. Inhibition of a receptors produces CNS sedation, orthostatic hypotension, and pupillary constriction. This action frequently offsets antimuscarinic-induced pupillary dilation. Thus, patients with TCA toxicity can present with constricted, dilated, or midpoint-sized pupils. Orthostatic hypotension is often associated with reflex tachycardia. The antihypertensive effect of clonidine can be negated by TCAs because of their ability to block the binding of clonidine to a2 receptors.

Acute Overdose Toxicity

Bupropion differs from other new antidepressants in that it has a low toxic to therapeutic ratio. Toxicity can occur at doses equal to or just slightly greater than the maximum therapeutic dose of 450 mg day. As a general rule, significant toxicity is not expected in pure bupropion overdose with adult ingestions of less than 450 mg. The largest case series of bupropion overdoses reported that symptomatic patients ingested a mean of 2310 mg and the lowest symptomatic dose was 200 mg.5 Patients who remained asymptomatic ingested a mean of 1325 mg and the largest asymptomatic dose was 4000 mg. The most commonly reported symptoms in pure bupropion overdose include sinus tachycardia (43 percent), lethargy (41 percent), tremor (24 percent), generalized seizures (21 percent), confusion (14 percent), and vomiting (14 percent). Mild hyperthermia is occasionally reported. Sinus tachycardia is the most common electrocardiographic abnormality. An isolated case of moderate QT interval prolongation...

Special Populations Children

Elevated blood pressure begins well before adulthood, during the first two decades of life and perhaps earlier during gestation. Numerous observational studies have documented that blood pressure tracks with age from childhood into the adult years. Hence, efforts to reduce blood pressure and to prevent the age-related rise in blood pressure in childhood are prudent. Hypertension during pregnancy is a constellation of diverse clinical conditions, some of which can be extremely serious. Of substantial concern are preeclampsia and eclampsia. Both are multisystem disorders that are manifest by the onset of hypertension and proteinuria during the second half of pregnancy. Convulsions occur in the setting of eclampsia but not preeclampsia. The cause of these disorders is unknown. Several dietary interventions, including salt restriction, fish oil supplementation, and calcium supplementation, have been tested as a means to prevent preeclampsia, but none is considered effective. Although a...

Nutritional Management

Hypertension or high blood pressure affects more than 25 of adult Americans (50million) and Canadians, and the rate of hypertension is reportedly as much as 60 higher in some European countries. African Americans typically have higher rates of hypertension compared to whites. Hypertension is also more common among Prehypertensive

TABLE 1543 Differential Diagnosis of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor Overdose

An interesting diagnostic dilemma exists when a patient on chronic MAOI therapy presents with elevated blood pressure. At therapeutic doses, hypertension can result from tyramine reactions, spontaneous hypertensive crisis, and serotonin syndrome. Tyramine reactions are likely to occur in close relation to food or drug ingestions containing indirect sympathomimetics. Spontaneous hypertensive crisis is a rare condition usually occurring in relation to recent MAOI dosing. 13 Serotonin syndrome most commonly occurs shortly after exposure to other serotonergic agents and is usually associated with significant cognitive-behavioral and neuromuscular abnormalities.

Other Parameters of Cardiovascular Dysfunction

Endothelial dysfunction may play a role in elevation of the blood pressure and insulin resistance in developmental programming. However blood pressure could also rise through enhanced constrictor responses in the vasculature, thereby increasing peripheral resistance, or from elevation of the cardiac output. Altered renal function and perturbation of volume control could also play an important role, and the observation of reduced nephron number (reviewed elsewhere in this book) in several animal models could be of fundamental importance. Several groups have assessed constrictor function of isolated arteries, and other than one report of enhanced endothelin constrictor responses in fetal sheep exposed to glucocorticoids32 there is litde evidence for a fundamental defect in constrictor function amongst the different animal models. However there is emerging evidence to suggest that altered sympathetic activity, which has been associated with essential hypertension in man, may contribute...

Management of Specific Conditions

HYPERTENSION The acutely hypertensive patient should be treated only with short-acting intravenous antihypertensive agents because of the potential to develop precipitous hypotension. In most cases, an intraarterial catheter is required for accurate blood pressure monitoring. The traditional antihypertensive agents of choice are phentolamine (Regitine) and nitroprusside (Nipride). Phentolamine is a nonspecific alpha-adrenergic receptor blocker usually administered in 2.5- to 5.0-mg boluses every 10 to 15 min until blood pressure elevation is controlled. It can also be given as a continuous infusion (0.2 to 0.5 mg min) for maintenance therapy. Phentolamine use is commonly associated with reflex tachycardia. Nitroprusside is as effective as phentolamine. It is given as a continuous infusion with an initial rate of 1 Mg kg per minute and then titrated according to blood pressure response. Prolonged high doses of nitroprusside can predispose to cyanide toxicity, but this potential...

Right Ventricular Enlargement

Apex Cardiogram

The degree of pulmonary artery dilatation that will cause a visible or palpable movement is usually seen only with the dilated RV caused by severe primary pulmonary hypertension or by RV volume overloads, such as with atrial septal defects. ANS You should suspect an atrial septal defect with pulmonary hypertension, because the left chest bulge here is presumably due to the occurrence in infancy of a large shunt with hyperkinetic pulmonary hypertension. The large hyperactive and hypertrophied RV under high pressure can push the left chest forward as the skeleton is developing. The RV never enlarges to the right on chest X-rays, i.e., the right border of the heart with no congenital malpositions is never due to the RV, no matter how large it becomes. Therefore, RV enlargement does not affect the right anterior chest but instead will cause a left precordial bulge.

Karen M Moritz and Luise A CullenMcEwen Abstract

Alteration in the normal development of the kidney is likely to be a major contributing factor to programming of adult disease. Renal disease is reaching epidemic proportions in some sectors of the community and is often found in association with the two most characterised adult onset diseases, hypertension and noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Epidemiological studies in humans have identified various maternal states such as anemia, diabetes and protein micronutrient deficiency as causing renal abnormalities, often in association with decreased birth weight. Animal models of maternal protein nutrient deficiency as well as maternal glucocorticoid exposure generally results in a reduction in glomerular (and thus nephron) number in the offspring along with increases in blood pressure. It is important to note that the stimulus has the greatest effect when applied at the beginning of metanephric development. The decrease in nephron endowment probably results from changes in...

Calcific aortic stenosis associated with coronary artery disease

Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary atherosclerosis were initially considered as two independent diseases, their association being interpreted only as a consequence of their increasing frequency with age. Immunohisto-chemical analysis of stenotic aortic valves with different levels of severity have shown that early lesions of aortic stenosis have several common features with atherosclerosis, in particular inflammatory cell infiltrates, lipoproteins, and calcium deposits. This is further confirmed by a prospective population based study, in which predictive factors of aortic sclerosis or stenosis were also predictors of atherosclerosis, such as older age, male sex, history of hypertension, smoking, and low density lipoprotein cholesterol.5 The possibility that calcific aortic stenosis and atherosclerosis could share predisposing factors underlines the importance of assessing coronary status in patients with aortic stenosis.

Cardiovascular Complications

HYPERTENSION Hypertension occurs in 80 to 90 percent of patients starting dialysis. Hypertension represents a significant risk factor for coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular accidents, and heart failure. Hemodynamic profiles of hypertensive ESRD patients show that maintenance of hypertension is dependent on increases in total peripheral resistance. The etiology of the increase in total peripheral resistance appears to be multifactorial. Increases in blood volume, the vasopressor effects of native kidneys, the renin-angiotensin system, and the sympathetic nervous system all have been shown to play a role in ESRD hypertension. Management of hypertension in ESRD patients should begin with the control of blood volume. If that is unsuccessful, most patients' hypertension can be controlled with adrenergic-blocking agents, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, or vasodilating agents, such as hydralazine or minoxidil. Bilateral nephrectomy is rarely necessary for blood pressure...

O Blood Flow Arterial Pressure and Cardiac Function

Raphe Nucleus Skin Bloodflow

The caudal ventrolateral medulla contains a group of GABAergic neurons with short axons projecting rostrally to innervate presympathetic vasomotor neurons in the rostral medulla. Discharge of the caudal vasomotor neurons inhibits the excitatory rostral bulbospinal neurons, thereby lowering arterial pressure. Since the caudal depressor neurons are tonically active, interference with their function removes the inhibitory control so that arterial blood pressure rises. It is possible that malfunction of the caudal vasodepressor neurons underlies some forms of hypertension.

Developments and Advances in Imaging

Sister Josephs Nodule

The greater omentum, in contrast to the small bowel mesentery, has scanty vascular structures. In this patient with portal hypertension and ascites, omental varices (arrows) may mimic omental infiltration from carci-nomatosis or peritonitis. The greater omentum, in contrast to the small bowel mesentery, has scanty vascular structures. In this patient with portal hypertension and ascites, omental varices (arrows) may mimic omental infiltration from carci-nomatosis or peritonitis.

Case presentation

A 63-year-old man presents to your office with complaints of fever and cough productive of sputum. His symptoms began 3 days ago. He has hypertension and is being treated with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. He does not smoke and has had no recent travel or ill contacts. Does this patient have pneumonia, in which case you would want to treat with antibiotics, or does the patient have a viral upper respiratory infection, in which case you may wish to hold on antibiotic treatment

Management of pure venous ulcers

The management is primarily aimed at treating the underlying venous hypertension. Much of it can be achieved successfully in specialist nurse led clinics, on a shared care basis with community nurses, with easy access to the vascular services. There has been a recent resurgence in the popularity of perforator ligation due to the advantages of the endoscopic subfascial approach, without the difficulties relating to a large wound, by the development of endoscopic techniques through a more proximal, smaller incision ('SEPS'). In fact this technique is usually combined with open saphenous vein surgery and it is probably the latter that has the greater effect on venous hypertension.

Classification and Etiology

Putaminal Ich

In lieu of classification based on the underlying vascular disease or age stratification, ICH is often described based on the location. Hemorrhages can occur above and below the tentorium. Supratentorial hematomas account for the majority of SICH and are classified as lobar or deep (Figs. 9 and 10). Lobar hemorrhages can be secondary to hypertension but are commonly related to vasculopathies (e.g., cerebral amyloid angiopathy and vasculitis), vascular anomalies (e.g., aneurysms and arteriovenous malforma-

Population Based Genomics Companies

In order to determine which genes are relevant and underlie complex human diseases such as diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease, or hypertension, companies have been created to collect patient materials. These firms collect relevant clinical information and DNA on people suffering from defined disease as well as people who have no known disorders. They then look at DNA sequence variations in an attempt to identify the genetic factors that may predispose an individual to develop these types of disorders, or factors that directly lead to the development of disease. One company working in this area is deCODE, which has access to the genetic and health data of the entire population of Iceland.

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