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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...

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...

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...

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.

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....

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.

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...

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....

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...

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

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...

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.

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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.

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...

Renal Artery Intervention For The Treatment Of Hypertension

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...

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...


In the adult, hypertension (high blood pressure) is defined as a pressure greater than, or equal to, 140 mmHg systolic, or greater than or equal to, 90 mmHg diastolic pressure (9). In 90 to 95 of the cases of high blood pressure, the specific cause may be unknown (10). Hypertension is a risk factor for both coronary heart disease and stroke. Although it can occur in children and adolescents, it is more prevalent in the middle-aged and elderly, especially African Americans and the obese. Heavy drinkers and women who are taking oral contraceptives (11) are also at increased risk. Individuals with diabetes mellitus, gout, or kidney disease also have a higher frequency of hypertension. Salt consumption can increase blood pressure for some. High blood pressure is related to obesity and to increases in body weight over time (9,12). Factors increasing the risk of developing high blood pressure are listed in Table 5. Weight loss, an active lifestyle, reduction in sodium intake, and moderation...

Portal hypertension

If the pressure in the portal venous system is greater than 12 mmHg then portal hypertension exists. The commonest cause of this in Western countries is alcoholic cirrhosis causing obstruction to portal venous flow, but numerous other causes are recognised and are classified (as for jaundice) into pre-hepatic, hepatic, and post-hepatic (Table 12.12). The portal venous system has been described (see Anatomy), and in portal hypertension the sites of portal-systemic communication open up, commonly resulting in oesophageal and gastric varices that can bleed profusely. The other major complication of portal hypertension is ascites. The management of variceal bleeding has been described (see Upper GI Bleeding), and includes injection sclerotherapy, endoscopic banding, TIPSS, and oesophageal transection. Rarely, splenic vein thrombosis results in left-sided portal hypertension, leading to splenomegaly and gastric varices. Splenectomy with division of the short gastric vessels is an effective...

Cardiovascular Disease

Der, and genetic background cannot be changed, treated, or modified (16). Others, for example, smoking, high serum cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, and overweight, are under some control by the individual. Smokers have twice the risk of heart disease compared with nonsmokers. Nearly one-fifth of all deaths from cardiovascular diseases (180,000 deaths per year) are attributable to smoking (14). Surveillance data indicate that an estimated 1 million young people become regular smokers each year (14). The risk of heart disease increases with a rise in cholesterol levels especially when other risk factors are present (17-19). Plasma total cholesterol was accepted as a causal factor (among multiple factors) by the World Health Organization (WHO) expert committee in 1982 and by the U.S. National Institute of Health Consensus Development Conference in 1985 (17). Diet and its effects on plasma cholesterol levels are discussed in the next section. Plasma...

Role Of Diet In Cardiovascular Disease

Improper eating habits accompanied by the lack of exercise increase the risk of gaining excess weight, a major risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes (14). Diet also affects plasma cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is carried in the blood associated with two major types of lipoproteins LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol has been High blood pressure

Management Of The Disease Process

Atherosclerosis should be treated by correction of risk factors such as hyperlipidaemia, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and polycythaemia. In the presence of classic symptoms and appropriate carotid stenosis a decision to intervene can be based on duplex scan alone. Unless there is a contraindication, aspirin 300 mg day will significantly reduce the incidence of further neurological events. The role of new antiplatelet agents such as clopidogrel and ticlopidine have not been subjected to trial. Anticoagulants are unproven and carry significant side effects, but may be useful when other treatment modalities have failed.

Introduction Normal Adolescent Growth and Diets

Adolescence is a unique time of rapid growth, with half of eventual adult weight and 45 of peak bone mass accumulated during adolescence. Adolescence is a time when peak physical muscular development and exercise performance is reached. However, adolescent diets are often notorious for their reliance on snacks and 'junk foods' that are high in calories, sugar, salt, and saturated fat, which could provide extra energy for high-activity demands of teenagers, but often risk becoming part of bad habits leading to obesity and increased risk of atherosclerotic heart disease in later life. Although most studies have been on older subjects, it is now clear that many Western diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and many cancers, are diet related, and that diets high in saturated fat and low in fruits, vegetables, and fiber may increase risks of heart disease.

Companion Animals and Children

Most research studies investigating AAA or AAT in hospital settings have acknowledged similar outcomes to those originally noted with the elderly. The conclusions suggest that the animal-based programs appear to be a good distraction for the patients from their everyday medical treatment in the hospital. The services also appeared to have a positive impact on health factors, including decreasing pain and hyperactivity, helping the patients feel calmer, as well as reducing high blood pressure.

How is the harm of a treatment documented

The high cost of an intervention may also be considered an adverse factor to patients and to society. Newer drugs with only incremental benefit are often much more expensive than older generic agents. Patient labeling can be an adverse effect of drug treatment itself. It has been reported that otherwise asymptomatic subjects who are placed on antihypertensive treatment develop various symptoms, since taking their medication serves as a reminder that they are not healthy.

History and Physical Examination

Past Medical History (PMH) Past diseases, surgeries, hospitalizations medical problems history of diabetes, hypertension, peptic ulcer disease, asthma, myocardial infarction, cancer. In children include birth history, prenatal history, immunizations, and type of feedings.

Effects of Alcohol on the Cardiovascular System

Alcohol affects both the heart and the peripheral vasculature. Acutely, alcohol causes peripheral vasodilatation, giving a false sensation of warmth that can be dangerous. Heat loss is rapid in cold weather or when swimming, but reduced awareness leaves people vulnerable to hypothermia. The main adverse effect of acute alcohol on the cardiovascular system is the induction of arrhythmias. These are often harmless and experienced as palpitations but can rarely be fatal. Chronic ethanol consumption can cause systemic hypertension and

Guanylyl Cyclase Linked Natriuretic Peptide Receptors

The ligand selectivity for NPR-A is ANP > BNP q CNP, whereas the ligand selectivity for NPR-B is CNP q ANP > BNP. Mice lacking NPR-A are hypertensive and develop cardiac hypertrophy and ventricular fibrosis. In addition, they are completely unresponsive to the renal and vasorelaxing effects of ANP and BNP, consistent with NPR-A being the sole signaling receptor for these peptides. A promoter mutation resulting in reduced transcription of the human NPR-A gene was recently identified and shown to be highly correlated with essential hypertension or ventricular hypertrophy.

Age and Risk Factor Profile

A few studies have indicated that subjects already at high risk of coronary disease experience a greater beneficial effect of drinking alcohol moderately conversely, only in those with a high risk level is coronary heart disease prevented. Hence, the large Nurses Health Study found that the J-shaped relation was significant only in women older than 50 years of age, whereas younger women who had a light alcohol intake did not differ from abstainers with regard to mortality. Fuchs et al. found that women at high risk for coronary heart disease (due to risk factors such as older age, diabetes, family history of coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension) who had a light alcohol intake were at a lower risk of death than women who were at the same risk level but did not drink alcohol. In a study by the American Cancer Society, the finding by Fuchs et al. was confirmed among men,

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic liver disease is among the top ten causes of mortality in the US with somewhat higher mortality rates in western European countries where wine is considered a dietary staple, and is a leading cause of death in Russia. Among the three stages of alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver is related to the acute effects of alcohol on hepatic lipid metabolism and is completely reversible. By contrast, alcoholic hepatitis usually occurs after a decade or more of chronic drinking, is associated with inflammation of the liver and necrosis of liver cells, and carries about a 40 mortality risk for each hospitalization. Alcoholic cirrhosis represents irreversible scarring of the liver with loss of liver cells, and may be associated with alcoholic hepatitis. The scarring process greatly alters the circulation of blood through the liver and is associated with increased blood pressure in the portal (visceral) circulation and shunting of blood flow away from the liver and through other organs...

Head Trauma or Intracranial Mass Lesion

RSI is the preferred method of intubation in pediatric patients with suspected or known intracranial hypertension. In addition to the agents previously discussed, lidocaine at a dose of 1.5 mg kg intravenously should be given prior to laryngoscopy. 15 This intervention blocks the rise in intracranial pressure that commonly accompanies endotracheal intubation. It is important to remember that in pediatric patients, as in adults, head injuries can also be associated with intraoral and intratracheal injuries. When managing the airway of a head-injured patient, one must always be prepared for invasive airway management.

Obtaining incremental information from diagnostic tests

A 75 year old male presents with a history of exertional chest pain. The patient describes substernal chest pain that he perceives as a pressure sensation occurring when he walks too fast, uphill, or in the cold. It is relieved by rest within a few minutes. On two recent occasions, he tried a friend's nitroglycerin tablets, and obtained even more rapid relief of his symptoms. His symptoms have never occurred at rest. The patient has a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypercholes-terolemia. He smokes one pack of cigarettes a day. Several male family members died of coronary artery disease before the age of 60. The patient underwent carotid artery surgery a year ago for treatment of transient ischemic attacks.

Drugindependent autoimmune hemolytic anemias

In these cases the antibody reacts with the red cell in the absence of the drug. The anti-red cell autoantibodies seem to be serologically identical to those of 'idiopathic' warm-type autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The great majority of cases have followed the use of the anti-hypertension drug a-methyldopa (Aldomet). The red cells are coated with IgG and the serum contains autoantibodies which characteristically have Rh specificity.

Two Meanings Of Anger

Third, anger can cause problems even when no aggression is involved. A person who is unable to express anger in an effective manner may continue to suffer affronts (e.g., harassment in the workplace), leading to chronic stress and associated psychophy-siological disorders (e.g., hypertension). In addition, a propensity toward anger and hostility seems to be the component of the Type A behavior pattern that is associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Diabetes And Endocrine Disorders

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common metabolic diseases encountered. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in both adults and children has been steadily rising in the past 20-30 years. Improved glycemic control has a beneficial effect on microvascular and neuropathic complications in type 2 diabetes, but has no effect on the incidence of macrovascular disease. However, light control of blood pressure (with an ACE inhibitor or a beta-blocker) in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension reduces the risk of diabetes-related death, including that secondary to macrovascular complications, as well as the risk of other diabetes-related complications and eye disease.10 Good control of diabetes also decreases the potential for postoperative infection. Diabetic patients need careful treatment with adjusted doses or infusions of short-acting insulin based on frequent blood sugar determinations. Adequate hydration is extremely important in patients who present with car-cinoid syndrome...

Concurrent Medication

Individual drugs have been covered in each section on concurrent medical disease however, two important groups deserve additional mention. Tricyclic antidepressants competitively block noradrenaline re-uptake by postganglionic sympathetic nerve endings. Patients taking these drugs are, hence, more sensitive to catecholamines so sympathomimetics may cause hypertension and arrhythmias. Under the influence of anaesthesia arrhythmias and hypotension may be seen. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) irreversibly inhibit monoamine oxidase. Stopping these drugs three weeks before anaesthesia, to allow re-synthesis of the enzyme, is no longer considered necessary, but anaesthetic technique may need to modified. MAOI interact with opioids, particularly pethidine, to cause cardiovascular and cerebrovascular excitation (hypertension, tachyacardia, convulsions) or depression (hypotension, hypoventilation, coma). Hypertensive crises may be precipitated by sympathomimetic agents.

Recommended Readings

Five meta-analytic reviews of anger treatment have appeared that have examined the relative efficacy of CBT with adults, adolescents, and children (Beck & Fernandez, 1998 Bowman-Edmondson & Cohen-Conger, 1996 DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2001 Sukhodolsky & Kassinove, 1997). The populations treated included college students selected for high anger, aggressive drivers, angry outpatients, batterers, prison inmates, students with learning disabilities, individuals with developmental delays, and people with medical problems such as hypertension and Type A personalities. The results of the meta-analyses indicate that the anger treatments seem to work equally for all age groups and all types of populations and are equally effective for men and women The average effect sizes across all outcome measures ranged from .67 to .99, with a mean of .70 (DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2001, p. 263).

Phase Iiiii Clinical Trials

Phase II III trials are designed to study the efficacy and safety of a test drug. Unlike Phase I studies, subjects recruited in Phase II III studies are patients with the disease for which the drug is developed. Response variables considered in Phase II III studies are mainly efficacy and safety variables. For example, in a trial for the evaluation of hypertension (high blood pressure), the efficacy variables are blood pressure measurements. For an anti-infective trial, the response variables can be the proportion of subjects cured or time to cure for each subject. Phase II III studies are mostly designed with parallel treatment groups (in contrast to crossover). Hence, if a patient is randomized to receive treatment A, then this patient is to be treated with Drug A through out the whole study.

Preoperative Management Of Specific Problems

Long-acting sulfonylureas should be stopped 48 h prior to surgery short-acting agents should be omitted on the morning of surgery. These medications should be restarted when the patient resumes adequate oral intake. Patients are advised to take their antihypertensive medications on the day of surgery, with the exception of diuretics. These are withheld to avoid hypov-olemia or hypokalemia. The route of administration of certain drugs may need to be changed to parenteral in the preoperative period. This may be necessary for drugs such as digitalis, other cardiac drugs, and immunosup-pressive drugs in transplant patients.

Cardiac transplantation

Major complications, such as hypertension, accelerated atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. The detrimental effects of muscle weakness are responsible for a substantial part of the initial functional disturbance, and rehabilitation programmes should include resistance and weight-bearing activities as well as aerobic exercise. Kobashigawa, et al. (1999) found that when initiated early after cardiac transplantation, exercise training increased capacity for physical work in transplant patients.

Identification of high risk and low risk patients

Prior risk is determined by systemic risk factors such as age, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, heart failure, and previous infarction. Such factors influence the extent of underlying coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction, and their impact may be revealed by echocardiography, stress testing, perfusion scanning or coronary angiography.

Table 22 Important clinical factors in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer

Past medical history include symptoms of pheochromocytoma or hyperparathyroidism, long-standing constipation and or diarrhea, hypertension and or episodes of nervousness. These should alert the clinician to the possibility of thyroid carcinoma in association with a familial MEN syndrome.

Ageing stress and the brain

Ageing of the brain is an important factor in overall ageing and mortality, and new insights have clarified the relationship between neuroregulation and ageing. First, neuronal loss in normal ageing is now known to be a minor change. Loss of synapses through dystrophic neuronal change is the hallmark of normal ageing. Second, similar dystrophic changes occur in the brain with chronic stress. In both instances, forebrain sites experience loss of synaptic input from brainstem regulatory nuclei. Third, functional ageing is attributed in part to lifetime stress, under the concept of 'allostatic load'. Being inseparable from the functions of appraising and responding to stress, the brain is an ultimate mediator of stress-related mortality, through hormonal changes that lead to proximate pathologies like hypertension, glucose intolerance, cardiovascular disease and immunological impairment. In chronic stress the brain shows clear allostatic compensations that lead to pathology....

Site and Mechanism of Diuretic Action

Diuretics are a diverse group of chemical compounds that share the ability to augment net renal sodium excretion. These agents are widely used in clinical medicine for the treatment of hypertension, pulmonary or cerebral edema, and other disorders that are characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the interstitial or extracellular compartments. Detailed discussions of the therapeutic use of diuretics can be found elsewhere in this text. The goal of the present chapter is to provide the reader with an understanding of the site and mechanisms of diuretic effects, with particular emphasis on recent insights into their cellular mechanisms of action and the molecular biology of the transport proteins that they inhibit.

Why clinical trials have a limited value for detection of unexpected adverse events

Even very obvious adverse effects may be difficult to recognize if they are truly unexpected. Today we know that as many as 15-20 of users of ACE inhibitors develop dry cough, but it took several years after marketing of these drugs to establish this link. Why would anyone expect a potent class of drugs used for treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure to cause cough

Clinical Features

The hallmark of shock is hypoperfusion, often, but not always, accompanied by hypotension. The systolic blood pressure is typically less than 90 mmHg, although it may be within a normal range, especially if the patient has preexisting hypertension. Another blood pressure parameter that may be more sensitive is a 30 mmHg decrease in mean blood pressure or a pulse pressure (systolic-diastolic) of less than 20 mmHg. Although a compensatory sinus tachycardia is common and does not require specific treatment, excessively high or low heart rates do require immediate therapy. Compensatory sympathetic stimulation leads to cool and clammy skin. Oliguria reflects development of poor renal perfusion. Diminishing cerebral perfusion and hypoxemia lead to anxiety and confusion.

Critical Incidents During Anaesthesia

Hypertension During Anaesthesia Hypertension under anaesthesia may be defined as systolic arterial blood pressure > 20 above the preoperative value. This usually happens because the depth of anaesthesia is inappropriate to the intensity of the stimulus. Typical examples would be tracheal intubation at induction of anaesthesia and the subsequent and too rapid onset of surgery. Hypercarbia during the surgery is another possibility and, in the supposedly paralysed patient, when the neuromuscular junction has not been continually monitored, there may be a need for another dose of a muscle relaxant. Techniques to complement general anaesthesia (such as central and peripheral neural blockade) are not always successful and inadequate depth may become revealed by a rise in arterial pressure.

Prevalence Of Risk Factors In Patients With Premature

A large study of the prevalence of modifiable risk factors in US men with angiographically documented coronary artery disease before the age of 60 showed that virtually all had one or more risk factors.11 Compared with controls, the frequency of hypertension was 41 v 19 , of diabetes 12 v 1 , of cigarette smoking 67 v 28 , and of a low HDL cholesterol 63 v 19 . However, the frequency of a raised LDL cholesterol was similar in the two groups, 26 v 26 , reflecting the high prevalence of hypercholesterolaemia in the general population.

Prevalence Of Risk Factors In Asymptomatic Relatives Of Patients With Premature

A large US study of persons developing CHD before the age of 60 showed that an LDL cholesterol concentration of > 4.1 mmol l was more than twice as common in their asymptomatic siblings below the age of 60 as in the population at large (38 v 16 ).13 Analogous but much less pronounced differences were observed in the European atherosclerosis research study (EARS) which investigated young adults with a paternal history of myocardial infarction before the age of 55.14 In this study the best lipoprotein discriminants were plasma apoB and triglyceride concentrations, which were higher in those with a positive family history of premature CHD than in age and sex matched controls. This study also confirmed the importance of hypertension as a familial risk factor for CHD.

Summary of strategies and implications

Techniques for phenolic phytochemical enhancement for functional food design is based on harnessing the potential of proline linked pentose-phosphate pathway (PLPPP) as the critical control point (CCP) in clonal shoots of single seed genetic origin such as herbs from the family Lamiaceae and seed sprouts in self-pollinating species such as various legumes. This strategy can be extended to develop foods with better phenolic phytochemical profile and functionality. Further it can be extended to develop functional foods and supplements with consistent ingredient profiles targeted against a disease condition. This concept is now being extended to specifically isolate antioxidants for diverse disease conditions, antimicrobials against bacterial pathogens, phytochemicals for diabetes management, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors for hypertension management, l-DOPA for Parkinson's management, dietary cyclooxygenase (COX-2 inhibitors) for inflammatory diseases and isoflavones for...

TABLE 341 Psychological Characteristics of Chronic Pain Patients

Objective findings of acute pain include tachycardia, hypertension, diaphoresis, and muscle spasms on stimulation. Objective evidence of chronic pain includes muscle atrophy in the distribution of pain due to disuse, skin temperature changes due to the effects of the sympathetic nervous system after disuse or secondary to nerve injury, and trigger points, which are focal points of muscle tenderness and tension. However, these findings do not have to be present for the pain to be factual.

Body Composition Applications During Growth

Fat or adipose tissue distribution is recognized as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in both adults and children. An android or male fat pattern, with relatively greater fat in the upper body region, is associated with negative metabolic predictors whereas a gynoid or female fat pattern, with relatively greater fat in the hip and thigh areas, is associated with less metabolic risk. More and more studies are showing that the syndrome develops during childhood and is highly prevalent among overweight children and adolescents. While the concept of the metabolic syndrome referred initially to the presence of combined risk factors including VAT, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance in adults, it is now known to exist in children, especially where obesity and or higher levels of VAT are present. Although sex-specific patterns of fat distribution had previously been thought to emerge during puberty, sex and race differences in fat distribution are now known to exist in...

Diagnostic tests and cost effectiveness

The information provided by a test may be used in different decisions, and the test may be more or less useful in these different settings. An exercise electrocardiogram, for example, can be used as a diagnostic test for coronary disease, a prognostic test for patients with recent myocardial infarction, a monitoring test to assess the effect of anti-ischemic therapy, or even as a way to establish target heart rates for an exercise training program. The efficacy and cost effectiveness of applying the exercise electrocardiogram will be different for these varied uses of the information provided by the test. The value of the test will depend on the indication for which it is used, much as the value of a (3 blocker will vary whether it is used to treat hypertension or as secondary prevention after a myocardial infarction.

Phosphodiesterase1 and

Phosphodiesterase types 1 (PDE-1) and 5 (PDE-5) are the major cGMP hydrolyzing enzymes in blood vessels and regulate the level of the mediator in concert with guanylyl cyclase, which catalyzes the synthesis of cGMP from GTP. PDE-1 and -5 have also been found in platelets. Therefore, inhibitors of PDE-1 and -5 are expected as therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, angina, cardiac failure, and obstructive arteriosclerosis (Wallis et al., 1999). Yamazaki et al. (2005) used classification and regression tree (CART) analysis to configure a prediction model for virtual screening. An optimum set of structural descriptors were selected as explanatory variables for CART analysis. A library of commercially available chemical compounds supplied by SPECS Inc. was screened for PDE-5 inhibitory activity by virtual screening. The authors used only 50,520 compounds that were not listed on the catalog of SPECS Inc. in September 1998 but were listed in October 1999 so that...

Post Operative Analgesia

Good pain control not only alleviates patient distress but also prevents or modifies many adverse effects (Figure PO.13). The increase in sympathetic activity associated with pain results in tachycardia, hypertension, and increased myocardial oxygen demand, which, in patients with cardiac disease, may produce myocardial ischaemia. Post operative chest infection and basal atelectasis are more frequent in the patient who is unable to deep breathe or cough. Patient immobility associated with poor pain control increases the risk of thrombo-embolic disease.

Treating The Human Disease

Drugs elevated glucose levels, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, and psychiatric disturbances). Thus, the ideal therapy for autoimmune disease should affect the pathogenic clone or clones specifically without suppressing the entire immune system it should be devoid of toxicity and it should be easily administered. Although considerable efforts have been made to improve the treatment of autoimmune disease, none of the current immunosuppressive therapies are satisfactory.

Physical Examination

The physical examination is not helpful in distinguishing patients with acute coronary syndromes from those with noncardiac chest pain syndromes unless an alternate diagnosis is clear. Patients with acute coronary syndromes may appear deceptively well without any clinical signs of distress or may be uncomfortable, pale, cyanotic, and in respiratory distress. Vital signs may reveal bradycardia, tachycardia, or irregular pulses. Bradycardic rhythms are more common with inferior wall myocardial ischemia. In the setting of an anterior wall infarction, bradycardic rhythms or heart block is an extremely poor prognostic sign. Blood pressure can be normal, elevated (due to baseline hypertension, sympathetic stimulation, and anxiety) or decreased (due to pump failure or inadequate preload). Extremes of blood pressure are associated with a worse prognosis. The first and second heart sounds are often diminished due to poor myocardial contractility. An S 3 is present in 15 to 20 percent of...

Management of Head Injury

The crux of immediate management in head injury is to avoid secondary injury. The primary injury has already occurred and any damage done will be largely irreversible. Oedema develops around the injury site and secondary injury must be avoided by reducing ICP (especially avoiding dramatic rises in ICP) and preventing hypoxic damage. The main decision to be made is whether the patient requires tracheal intubation, for control of ICP, surgery to other parts of the body, investigation such as CT scanning or for transport to other facilities. In general, a GCS less than 8 indicates the need for major intervention and intensive care management. In addition to the GCS, the pattern of respiration, pulse and blood pressure should be taken into consideration. Spontaneous hyperventilation indicates significantly raised ICP, as does arterial hypertension accompanied by bradycardia. Control of ICP is of the utmost importance. Uncontrollable confusion and irritability may indicate significant...

Calcium Channel Antagonists

Calcium-channel blockers have antianginal, vasodilatory, and antihypertensive properties. 32 Calcium antagonists have not been shown to reduce mortality rate after AMI. In fact, they may be harmful to some patients with cardiovascular disease.4 Nifedipine is the most studied of the calcium-channel blockers for the treatment of AMI. This short-acting dihydropyridine has been associated with a nonsignificant increase in mortality rate when given during or shortly after AMI in several clinical trials.43 Immediate-release nifedipine may be harmful as a result of a coronary steal syndrome in which coronary perfusion pressure is reduced through disproportionate dilatation of the coronary arteries adjacent to the ischemic zone and or reflex activation of the sympathetic nervous system with a resultant increase in myocardial oxygen demand.

General considerations

Simple audit-and-feedback studies had limited impact. However, it is important to distinguish the types of studies that fall into this category. For example, in randomized studies from the early 1980s, investigators showed that a computer-based monitoring system with reminders and feedback led to significantly better follow up and blood pressure control for patients with hypertension.96'97 Two controlled studies by Pozen et al98,99 showed that a point-of-service strategy to facilitate implementation of a predictive algorithm for chest pain diagnosis reduced inappropriate use of coronary care units. These studies can best

Transfer of the Head Injured Patient

Head injured patients and those with suspected intracranial haemorrhage may require transfer between hospitals for either CT scanning or definitive management of their injuries. This can be a difficult and dangerous enterprise and should be carried out with the greatest of care. Facilities in ambulances, helicopters and scanning rooms are limited, as is space, but nevertheless the management of the airway and ICP must take precedence over speed or convenience. The patient must be stabilised before transfer. The escort must be capable of managing the predictable eventualities re-intubation, hypertension, hypotension and, thus, must take with them sufficient equipment, drugs and fluids to maintain anaesthesia and relaxation. Ambulances should be able to travel quickly but smoothly without the severe shocks of fast travel. Monitoring should include automatic blood pressure, pulse oximetry and preferably end tidal CO2 measurement. For CT scanning, there must be appropriate equipment in...

Liver Disease Applied Physiology

Different conditions cause differing patterns of dysfunction. Excessive red cell turnover causes jaundice by overloading the pathways of haem breakdown even though other liver functions may remain relatively normal. Obstructive and cholestatic jaundice causes major disruption to metabolic pathways and to the absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins, causing further problems. Hepatocellular dysfunction may be toxic or infective in origin but will result in the same picture of unconjugated bilirubinaemia, fat malabsorption and metabolic disturbance. In the end stage of hepatic failure, virtually all the body's metabolic processes are disturbed. Clinical features include clotting failure, coma from ammonia toxicity because of disturbed protein metabolism, hypoglycaemia because of poor glycogen metabolism, water overload and major electrolyte imbalance. There is usually portal hypertension that causes the formation of collateral circulation including oesophageal varices. If these bleed...

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

The chest x-ray invariably shows an enlarged cardiac silhouette and increased cardiothoracic ratio biventricular enlargement is common. Evidence of pulmonary venous hypertension (cephalization of flow and enlarged hila) is also frequent and may serve to differentiate cardiac enlargement due to myocardial failure from that due to a large pericardial effusion.

TABLE 514 Common Causes of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

TREATMENT AND DISPOSITION Symptoms and signs of CHF, particularly right-sided failure, with a normal-size cardiac silhouette on chest x-ray should prompt a suspicion of underlying restrictive cardiomyopathy, constrictive pericarditis, or diastolic LV dysfunction (most commonly due to ischemic heart disease, hypertension, or age-related changes in ventricular diastolic compliance). Doppler echocardiographic studies and cardiac catheterization with hemodynamic assessment are often required to differentiate between the above-mentioned entities. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the heart have also been shown to be of value in differentiating constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy. 11 Timely diagnosis is important because constrictive pericarditis can be surgically corrected and diastolic LV dysfunction not due to restrictive cardiomyopathy usually responds well to drug therapy (b blockers or calcium-channel blockers). The medical management of...

Clinical Features and Diagnosis

The chest roentgenogram is usually normal, and reported abnormalities (cardiomegaly and pulmonary venous hypertension and or pulmonary edema) vary with disease severity and are nondiagnostic. Reported ECG changes include nonspecific ST-T-wave changes, ST-segment elevation (due to associated pericarditis), atrioventricular block, and prolonged QRS duration. Levels of cardiac enzymes (creatine kinase and CK-MB) and troponin may be elevated. 16 Echocardiographic studies may reveal depressed systolic function in severe cases.

Clinical definition of heart failure

The traditional definition of heart failure has emphasized the clinical signs and symptoms that arise when the pump cannot satisfy the needs of the body, such as the dyspnoea and fatigue, although these do not relate to the heart itself. An alternative is that heart failure is a clinical syndrome in which heart disease reduces cardiac output and results in volume expansion, increased venous pressure and molecular abnormalities that cause progressive deterioration of the failing heart and premature myocardial cell death.2'3 Increased understanding of the pathophysiological basis of heart failure is now directing therapy to optimize cardiac function. It should be remembered that even in the 1950s the clinical manifestations of heart failure were considered by many to be due largely to disordered renal function with consequent salt and water accumulation rather than a primary reduction in cardiac output. The availability of techniques such as echocardiography has enabled the signs and...

Is Alcoholism a Disease

The disease concept of alcoholism, first articulated by Elvin M. Jellinek in the 1940s, was actively promoted by a loose coalition of reformers, service providers, and recovering alcoholics. Since then, it has become the official view of the American medical profession and the World Health Organization (WHO), and has gained wide acceptance among the public at large in the United States and many other Western countries. Proponents of the disease concept argue that alcoholism, like diabetes, essential hypertension, and coronary artery disease, is a biologically based disease precipitated by environmental factors and manifested in an

Stroke Syndromes see Chap220

Elevated blood pressure is commonly associated with stroke syndromes and is often the result of a physiologic response to the stroke itself (to maintain adequate cerebral perfusion to the viable but edematous tissue surrounding the ischemic area) and not its immediate cause. In the area of the stroke, cerebral autoregulation is lost, causing tissue blood flow to become directly pressure dependent. Most patients suffering from embolic or thrombotic strokes without associated hemorrhage do not have substantial elevations in blood pressure and do not need aggressive antihypertensive treatment. Furthermore, if the patient has a long-standing history of hypertension, any rapid reduction in blood pressure may further reduce cerebral blood flow to watershed areas and cause increased ischemia. I2. In the rare case of a stroke patient with extreme blood pressure elevation or sustained diastolic pressure greater than 140 mmHg, the blood pressure may be reduced in a controlled manner by no more...

Acute Pulmonary Edema

The hypertension associated with acute pulmonary edema is usually a result of increased peripheral vascular resistance caused by elevated catecholamines. In some cases, pulmonary edema occurs because an abrupt rise in blood pressure precipitates acute left ventricular failure. The blood pressure must be lowered to reverse this process, and nitroprusside and intravenous nitroglycerin are the agents of choice, although the latter does not reduce blood pressure as much as nitroprusside. Additional standard therapy for pulmonary edema includes nitrates (to reduce preload and afterload), oxygen, diuretics, and morphine sulfate.

Acute Coronary Syndromes

Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure increases the workload of the heart. Wall tension is one of the greatest determinants of myocardial oxygen needs. Increases in oxygen demand secondary to hypertension may result in angina. Myocardial infarction may also develop particularly among those with fixed lesions in coronary arteries, preventing appropriate delivery of required oxygen. Acute left ventricular failure with pulmonary edema may also develop. Treatment of left-sided heart failure should include agents that decrease both preload and afterload. other agents that have been used as adjuvant therapy include oxygen, morphine sulfate, and diuretics. The use of agents that increase myocardial oxygen demand, such as diazoxide, hydralazine, and minoxidil, should be avoided. In cases of hypertension and angina, immediate blood pressure reduction is indicated to prevent myocardial damage, and therapy should be initiated with nitroglycerin, either sublingually or parenterally....

Aortic Dissection see Chap54

Because aortic dissection is associated with hypertension in about 90 percent of cases, medical therapy aimed at reducing blood pressure can limit the extent of the dissection. The process begins as a tear in the aortic intima, allowing blood to dissect into the media and then to reenter the lumen of the aorta via a second intimal tear, resulting in a double-barreled aorta. Approximately half of all nontraumatic dissections begin in the ascending aorta, a third in the arch, and the rest in the descending aorta. The dissection may extend proximally to involve the carotid arteries, coronary arteries, or pericardium, or it may extend distally to include the spinal artery or renal arteries. The initial medical therapy for a suspected dissection is the use of an antihypertensive agent to lower the blood pressure and reduce the ventricular ejection force (rate of change in pressure with time, dp dt) of the heart. Treatment of choice includes either a combination of a b-adrenergic antagonist...

Childhood Hypertensive Emergencies

Hypertension is an uncommon problem in children, occurring in less than 5 percent,13 and is defined as SBP or DBP equal to or greater than the 95th percentile for age and sex. Blood pressure should be measured with a cuff of the appropriate size as noted earlier. In the majority of confirmed cases of hypertension, renal renovascular disease and pheochromocytoma are the most common etiologies. Children often will have nonspecific complaints such as throbbing frontal headache or blurred vision. Physical findings associated with hypertension are similar to those found in adults. The decision to treat is based on the combination of blood pressure and symptoms, but a guideline for urgent treatment is blood pressure that exceeds previous measurements by 30 percent. The goal of treatment, as in adults, is to reduce pressure within 1 h by 25 percent. Nitroprusside 0.5 to 8 (pg kg) minj and labetalol 1 to 3 (mg kg) h are the agents of choice to treat hypertensive emergencies of childhood....

CVD profile at different stages of the epidemiologic transition

In the second phase (the age of receding pandemics), the decline in infectious disease that accompanies socioeconomic development ushers in changes in diet. As the subsistence nutrition changes to more complete diets, the salt content of the food increases. Hypertension and its sequelae (hypertensive heart disease and hemorrhagic stroke) now affect the population, whose average age also has risen with increased life expectancy.20 Some residual burden of RHD and cardiomyopathies is also evident. These non-atherosclerotic diseases contribute to 10-35 of deaths. This pattern currently prevails in parts of Africa, north Asia and South America.20

Intravenous Nitroglycerin

INDICATIONS The main indication for nitroglycerin is in the setting of myocardial ischemia, because it is a better vasodilator of the coronary vessels than is nitroprusside therefore, it is the agent of choice for moderate hypertension complicating unstable angina, myocardial infarction, or pulmonary edema. It also has a less harmful effect on pulmonary gas exchange than does nitroprusside. ACTIONS AND PHARMACOLOGY This agent acts as a direct arteriolar dilator, with onset of action within 10 min when given intravenously and a duration of action of 4 to 6 h. The onset of action increases to 20 min when hydralazine is given intramuscularly and to 30 min after an oral dose. The plasma half-life is 2 to 4 h, but the antihypertensive affect may outlast this time interval. Its mechanisms of action are not well understood, but it is known to directly relax vascular smooth muscle, resulting in vasodilation. Hydralazine is metabolized by acetylation in the liver and gut walls by ring...

Transurethral Syndrome

Endoscopic surgery requires continuous irrigation with a solution of glycine (1.5 in water). This solution is deliberately non electrolytic so that the diathermy current is applied to the tissue rather than being dissipated in the fluid. If significant volumes of this solution get into either the general circulation or the tissues, from where it is absorbed then there may be serious fluid and electrolyte disturbances. The most obvious are water excess and hyponatraemia. Cerebral oedema develops leading to confusion, hypertension and bradycardia, though loss of consciousness or convulsions is not uncommon. Respiratory distress accompanied by hypoxia (because of interstitial pulmonary oedema) and cardiac effects such as rhythm and contractility changes may also be seen. The plasma sodium concentration may fall to extreme levels, below 100 mmol l is not unknown. If the irrigation fluid is in the tissues or free in the peritoneal cavity then laparotomy for drainage may be the only...

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The failing heart and the lungs

In health, there is a linear increase in pulmonary blood flow from the apex to the base of the lung. An increase in left atrial pressure results in pulmonary venous hypertension, and a more uniform distribution of blood flow in the lungs,8 via capillary distension and recruitment.9 A modest elevation in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure can therefore be accommodated, without the development of pulmonary oedema. As left ventricular end-diastolic pressure increases, the rise in capillary hydrostatic pressure favours oedema formation in the interstitial compartment removed from the critical

Multifactorial Genetics Of Cancer

As indicated above, genetic predisposition to neoplasia resulting from alteration in a single gene locus is a relatively rare cause of cancer in humans as well as in lower animals. A much greater contribution of genetics to the causation of neoplastic disease are those conditions having patterns of inheritance that conform to a polygenic or multifactorial mode of inheritance, recently termed complex traits (Lander and Schork, 1994). Many common chronic diseases of adults (including types of hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and schizophrenia) as well as certain developmental defects (including cleft lip and palate, spina bifida, and congenital heart disease) are known to be more frequent in those with family histories of such disorders. A number of these diseases may be due to single gene defects and others to chromosomal abnormalities, but most are the result of multiple genetic and environmental factors combined. In polygenic inheritance, multiple genes at...

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