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Journal: Clinical and experimental hypertension (New York, N.Y. : 1993)


Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is a new candidate immunoinflammatory marker that has been reported to be associated with cardiometabolic risk factors. We aimed to investigate the effects of valsartan and amlodipine on the PTX3 and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in patients with essential hypertension. Patients with a newly diagnosed essential hypertension were admitted to our internal medicine outpatient clinic. Patients were randomized to one of the following intervention protocols: calcium channel blocker (amlodipine, 5-10 mg/day) as group A (n = 22; mean age ± standard deviation [SD]: 52 ± 11 year) and angiotensine II receptor blocker (valsartan, 80-320 mg/day) as group B (n = 28; mean age ± SD: 50 ± 14 year). Endothelial dysfunction and systemic inflammation were evaluated with PTX3 and CRP. There was a significant decrease in the level of PTX3 after treatment in two groups (P < .05). Although there was a significant decrease in the level of CRP after treatment in amlodipine group, there was no significant decrease in the levels of PTX3 and CRP after treatment in two groups. There were no significant differences in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure reduction between the two treatment groups. In the treatment of hypertension, prior knowledge of the level of plasma PTX3 could be important in antihypertensive drug choice. C-reactive protein and PTX3 are the markers that have role in vascular inflammation and are found associated with the prognosis of cardiovascular outcomes in many trials. In our study, PTX and CRP levels were decreased when compared to baseline levels.

Concepts: Inflammation, Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Blood pressure, Angiotensin II receptor antagonist, C-reactive protein, Calcium channel blocker, Prehypertension


Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) regression is an important issue in hypertensive patients. Patients with LVH who had received the angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) treatment for 8 weeks and had not reached the target blood pressure level were enrolled in the study. Patients were assigned to either losartan (50 mg)/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, 12.5 mg) group or ARB + CCB group (usual dose of ARB and calcium channel blocker, CCB). After 48 weeks, LV mass index was found to be reduced significantly in the losartan/HCTZ group but not in the ARB + CCB group. These results suggest that combination therapy of an ARB and diuretic has greater potential to cause regression compared with an ARB and CCB.

Concepts: Hypertension, Cardiology, Blood pressure, Left ventricular hypertrophy, Angiotensin, Renin-angiotensin system, Angiotensin II receptor antagonist, Angiotensin receptor


Arterial stiffness is currently the “gold standard” measure of aortic (carotid-femoral) pulse wave velocity (PWV), which is an important independent predictor of risk of developing a cardiovascular event. Gilbert’s syndrome is a congenital disorder characterized by intermittent and non-hemolytic elevation of indirect bilirubin levels due to the deficiency of the enzyme UDP-glucuronyl transferase in the liver and many prospective studies found an inverse relationship between bilirubin levels and cardiovascular events in these patients. We aimed to investigate serum bilirubin levels and arterial stiffness parameters in patients with Gilbert’s syndrome in this study. A total of 53 cases, consisting of 26 patients with a diagnosis of Gilbert’s syndrome and 27 healthy control subjects, were included in the study. Serum bilirubin levels, other routine blood chemistry, and arterial stiffness measurements were recorded. The mean ages of Gilbert’s syndrome and the control group were 31.5 ± 9.7 and 36.8 ± 11.1 years, respectively. PWV measurements were significantly lower in Gilbert syndrome patients (6.68 and 7.3 m/s in patients and controls; respectively) (P < .05). In correlation analysis in Gilbert's syndrome patients, PWV had a significant correlation with total and indirect bilirubin levels (r = -0.370, P = .009/r = -0.495, P = .003, respectively). Gilbert's syndrome patients have lower PWV measurements compared to healthy subjects, and the total and indirect bilirubin levels are also associated with PWV measurements. These findings may indicate the decreased atherosclerotic disease incidence in Gilbert's syndrome patients.

Concepts: Atherosclerosis, Heart, Liver, Bilirubin, Jaundice, Gilbert's syndrome, Crigler-Najjar syndrome, Glucuronosyltransferase


CircRNAs, a novel class of noncoding RNAs, have been reported in many diseases. However, their role in hypertension remains unclear. Here, we aimed to determine the circRNA expression profile in hypertension patients and further construct a circRNA-miRNA-mRNA network for mechanism exploration.

Concepts: DNA, Gene, Gene expression, Molecular biology, Intron, RNA polymerase, Non-coding RNA, DNA microarray


To investigate the effects of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on time to delivery and perinatal outcomes in full-term pregnancies underwent dinoprostone-induced labor.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Diabetes mellitus, Obstetrics, Gestational diabetes


Arterial stiffness (AS) is an independent cardiovascular risk factor. A number of studies have reported a beneficial role of statins on AS albeit with controversial results, in addition to their effects on lipid profile. Therefore, we carried out a meta-analysis of the available randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of statin therapy on AS, in the attempt to reach more definitive conclusions.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Myocardial infarction, Atherosclerosis


The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for hypertensive emergencies in diabetic patients presenting with severely elevated blood pressure.


The main purpose of this study was to determine some key physical, physiological, clinical, and nutritional markers of health status in obese and sedentary adults (54.0 ± 8.1 years, 141 men and 68 women) with primary hypertension (HTN) characterized by sex and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) level. The studied population showed a high cardiovascular risk (CVR) profile including metabolically abnormal obese, with poor CRF level (22.5 ± 5.6 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)), exercise-induced HTN (Systolic Blood Pressure>210 mmHg in men and >190 mmHg in women at the end of the exercise test) and with non-healthy adherence to dietary pattern (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, 46.3%; Mediterranean Diet, 41.1%; and Healthy Diet Indicator, 37.1%). Women showed a better biochemical and dietary pattern profile than men (lower values, P < 0.05, in triglycerides, mean difference = 26.3; 95% CI = 0.9-51.7 mg/dL, aspartate transaminase, mean difference = 4.2; 95% CI = 0.3-8.0 U/L; alanine transaminase, mean difference = 8.2; 95% CI = 1.6-14.8 U/L; gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, mean difference = 11.0; 95% CI = -1.1-23.2 U/L and higher values, P = 0.002, in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, mean difference = 5.0, 95% CI = -13.3-3.3 mg/dL), but physical and peak exercise physiological characteristics were poorer. A higher CRF level might contribute to the attenuation of some CVR factors, such as high body mass index, non-dipping profile, and high hepatic fat. The results strongly suggest that targeting key behaviors such as improving nutritional quality and CRF via regular physical activity will contribute to improving the health with independent beneficial effects on CVR factors.

Concepts: Cholesterol, Nutrition, Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Obesity, Cardiovascular disease, Aspartate transaminase, Body mass index


The risk of hypertension (HTN) in patients who regularly drink soda is controversial. The objective of this meta-analysis was to assess the associations between consumption of sugar and artificially sweetened soda and HTN.

Concepts: Hypertension, Systematic review, Meta-analysis


Arterial hypertension causes cardiovascular adverse events mainly through endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis, and inflammation. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction. Systemic immune-inflammation index (SII) reflects systemic inflammatory and immunity status. This index has strong prognostic value in malignancy and recently was demonstrated to be associated with adverse events in cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to interrogate the relationship between SII and CIMT in patients with hypertension.