Panagiotis I. Georgianos

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BACKGROUND Experimental and clinical data suggest that statins exert anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative actions on vasculature beyond their lipid-lowering properties. Whether these pleiotropic effects of statins translate into a beneficial effect on arterial stiffness is not clear. This study aimed to evaluate the potential effects of low-dose(More)
BACKGROUND Accumulating evidence implicates a role of Mg(2+) in the pathophysiology of essential hypertension. Previous studies evaluating the antihypertensive efficacy of Mg(2+) supplementation gave contradictory results. This study aimed to investigate the effect of oral Mg(2+) supplementation on 24-h blood pressure (BP) and intracellular ion status in(More)
BACKGROUND Because of the major clinical and economic burden of diabetic nephropathy, new therapeutic tools to delay its progression are needed. Recent studies suggest that thiazolidinediones have renal benefits. We aimed to evaluate the effect of thiazolidinediones on urinary albumin and protein excretion in patients with diabetes mellitus. STUDY DESIGN(More)
Resistant hypertension is currently defined as the failure to achieve a goal blood pressure <140/90 mmHg in patients who are compliant with maximal tolerated doses of a minimum of three antihypertensive drugs, one of which must be a diuretic. The increasing prevalence of obesity and hypertension in the general population mean that this disorder has gained(More)
BACKGROUND Increased arterial stiffness is a common finding and independent predictor of mortality in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. A long interdialytic interval was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular death in patients receiving conventional haemodialysis (HD). This is the first study to examine the effects of a long (3-day) versus(More)
BACKGROUND Increased arterial stiffness and aortic blood pressure (BP) are independent predictors of cardiovascular outcomes in end-stage renal disease. The 3-day interdialytic interval is associated with elevated risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in haemodialysis. This study investigated differences in ambulatory aortic BP and arterial(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Elevated wave reflections and arterial stiffness, as well as ambulatory blood pressure (BP) are independent predictors of cardiovascular risk in end-stage-renal-disease. This study is the first to evaluate in hemodialysis patients the validity of a new ambulatory oscillometric device (Mobil-O-Graph, IEM, Germany), which estimates aortic BP,(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological studies have associated low dietary Mg2+ intake with insulin resistance (IR) and increased risk for metabolic syndrome; however, the effect of Mg2+ supplementation on IR has not been adequately investigated. This study aimed to investigate the effects of oral Mg2+ supplementation on insulin sensitivity (IS) and serum lipids.<br />(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Arterial stiffening characterizes the vasculature of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and is a strong predictor of their cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Previous studies evaluating the effect of hemodialysis on large artery elasticity gave contradictory results. This study aimed to investigate the impact of hemodialysis on(More)