Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 -- People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances...
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Authors: Sakashita M, Tanaka T, Nangaku M Abstract BACKGROUND: Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizers, also known as inhibitors of HIF prolyl hydroxylase domain (PHD) inhibitors enzymes, are novel small-molecule agents to treat renal anemia. They increase endogenous erythropoietin (EPO) production by stabilizing HIF. This review focuses on the mechanisms by which PHD inhibitors ameliorate anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and summarizes the current clinical experience with and prospects for these drugs. SUMMARY: Anemia is a serious complication of CKD and is an independent risk factor for congestive he...
Source: Contributions to Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Contrib Nephrol Source Type: research
Giuseppe Ristagno1*, Francesca Fumagalli1, Barbara Bottazzi2, Alberto Mantovani2,3,4, Davide Olivari1, Deborah Novelli1 and Roberto Latini1 1Department of Cardiovascular Research, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research IRCCS, Milan, Italy 2Humanitas Clinical and Research Center-IRCCS, Milan, Italy 3Humanitas University, Milan, Italy 4The William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom The long pentraxin PTX3 is a member of the pentraxin family produced locally by stromal and myeloid cells in response to proinflammatory signals and microbial moieties. The p...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
We report the long-term effects of treatment with atrasentan on major renal outcomes.MethodsWe did this double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial at 689 sites in 41 countries. We enrolled adults aged 18–85 years with type 2 diabetes, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 25–75 mL/min per 1·73 m2 of body surface area, and a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) of 300–5000 mg/g who had received maximum labelled or tolerated renin–angiotensin system inhibition for at least 4 weeks. Participants were given atrasentan 0·75 mg orally daily during an enrichment period befor...
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Canagliflozin protects Heart and Kidneys – CREDENCE Trial Canagliflozin is sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. CREDENCE Trial [1] has shown that Canagliflozin provides both cardiovascular and renal protection in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. CREDENCE (Canagliflozin and Renal Events in Diabetes with Established Nephropathy Clinical Evaluation) trial was a double blind randomized trial comparing Canagliflozin 100 mg daily with placebo in type 2 diabetes with albuminuria and chronic kidney disease. They were also treated with renin–ang...
Source: Cardiophile MD - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiology Source Type: blogs
Abstract Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone with a well-known effect on the renal tubule leading to water retention and potassium reabsorption. Other major effects of the hormone include the induction of proinflammatory activity that leads to progressive fibrotic damage of the target organs, heart and kidney. Blocking the aldosterone receptor therefore represents an important pharmacological strategy to avoid the clinical conditions deriving from heart failure (CHF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, steroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRA) have a low safety profile, especially in CKD...
Source: Journal of Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: J Nephrol Source Type: research
Conclusion Activation of the Nrf2-dependent antioxidant system plays an important role in cell defense against oxidative stress damage, whereas the insufficiency of the Nrf2 system is associated with multiple aspects of the genesis and progression of metabolic diseases, posing a great risk to the cardiovascular system (Figure 1). The systemic increase of Nrf2 activity by several activators may be beneficial in the treatment of metabolic diseases. In addition, selective upregulation of Nrf2 genes may represent a potential therapy in obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Looking to the future, experimental research that el...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
In this study they also showed PTX3 localized in NETs formed after neutrophil activation (5). Proteomics analysis revealed that PTX3 forms complexes with two anti-microbial proteins [azurocidin (AZU1) and myeloperoxidase (MPO)] associated to NETs (30). More recently, PTX3 localization in NETs has been confirmed, and the colocalization with AZU1 and MPO has been defined more accurately (31). Further investigation will be needed to understand the involvement of PTX3 interaction with AZU1 and MPO in their antibacterial role during NET formation. Regulation of Complement Activation PTX3 interaction with microorganisms is not...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrated the effectiveness of sacubitril/valsartan on HFrEF patients in real world practice, including those with advanced renal impairment. PMID: 30982680 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: J Cardiol Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study observed an inverse correlation between plasma LDL cholesterol and heart function in individuals with T2DM. Patients with higher levels of plasma LDL cholesterol had worse left ventricular function. Therefore, plasma LDL cholesterol may be a modifiable risk factor of heart failure in diabetes, but prospective studies are necessary to confirm this finding. Introduction Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a metabolic disease that affects a considerable number of patients worldwide (1). Among diabetic individuals, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality (2). C...
Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Purpose of review Heart failure is highly prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Heart failure therapies proven to benefit the general population may have different risk–benefit profiles in patients with concurrent CKD, plausibly because of the unique pathophysiology of heart failure in this population. The present review highlights recent advances in heart failure treatment as they apply to patients with CKD. Recent findings Several recent publications have shown possible benefits of established heart failure therapies to improv...
Source: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION: Edited by Navdeep Tangri Source Type: research
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