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Noninvasive techniques have been used to demonstrate a specific pattern of impaired vasoactive response in the normal brachial artery of patients with clinical atherosclerosis. This is a physiologic reflection of the systemic nature of atherosclerosis and may be useful as a marker for identifying patients with preclinical atherosclerotic disease.
To investigate the possibility that seasonal adaptation requires significant hemodynamic changes, 5 normotensive and 21 mildly hypertensive subjects were followed through 4 seasons for changes in systemic hemodynamics and sympathetic nervous activity. In the upright position wintertime blood pressures increased by 3% (P = NS) over summer values whereas… (More)
Drugs are considered a common reversible cause of rhythm conduction disorders. Atrio-ventricular (AV) block occurs more commonly following β-blocker or digitalis administration, but calcium channel blockers have also been linked to AV block [1,2] The cornerstone of management in drug-related AV block is to determine whether the AV block is truly reversible… (More)
BACKGROUND The Symplicity-HTN 3 trial failed to show significant difference in blood pressure (BP) lowering between patients undergoing catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) and the sham-procedure arm of the study. However, there is still optimism about the role of RDN in the treatment of resistant hypertension, because identification of patients with… (More)
Resistant hypertension, defined as failure to reach blood pressure (BP) goals despite treatment with ≥3 antihypertensive agents, one of which is a diuretic, bears a significant risk of cardiovascular complications. Strong evidence exists, implicating the overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) in the pathogenesis of resistant hypertension… (More)