Maria A. Cavasin

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Angiotensin II (Ang II) has a clear role in development of cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis and dysfunction. It has been difficult, however, to determine whether these actions are direct or consequences of its systemic hemodynamic effects in vivo. To overcome this limitation, we used transgenic mice with cardiac-specific expression of a transgene fusion(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and vascular calcification are a major cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recently, the long-awaited results of the Study of Heart and Renal Protection trial were reported. This large randomized clinical trial found that an extensive cholesterol-lowering therapy through(More)
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are treated with vasodilators, including endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs), phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors, soluble guanylyl cyclase activators, and prostacyclin. Despite recent advances in pharmacotherapy for individuals with PAH, morbidity and mortality rates in this patient population(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease defined by a chronic elevation in pulmonary arterial pressure with extensive pulmonary vascular remodeling and perivascular inflammation characterized by an accumulation of macrophages, lymphocytes, dendritic cells, and mast cells. Although the exact etiology of the disease is unknown, clinical(More)
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