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  • Kokko, Eeva; Nevalainen, Pasi; Choudhary, Manoj Kumar; Koskela, Jenni; Tikkakoski, Antti; Huhtala, Heini; Niemelä, Onni; Viukari, Marianna; Mustonen, Jukka; Matikainen, Niina; Pörsti, Ilkka (2020)
    Aldosterone-to-renin ratio (ARR) is a screening tool for primary aldosteronism (PA), but the significance of ARR when the PA criteria are not met remains largely unknown. In this cross-sectional study we investigated the association of ARR with haemodynamic variables in 545 normotensive and never-medicated hypertensive subjects (267 men, 278 women, age range 19-72 years) without suspicion of PA. Supine haemodynamic data was recorded using whole-body impedance cardiography and radial tonometric pulse wave analysis. In sex-adjusted quartiles of ARR, determined as serum aldosterone to plasma renin activity ratio, the mean values were 282, 504, 744 and 1467 pmol/mu g of angiotensin I/h, respectively. The only difference in haemodynamic variables between the ARR quartiles was higher pulse wave velocity (PWV) in the highest quartile versus other quartiles (p=0.004), while no differences in blood pressure (BP), heart rate, wave reflections, cardiac output or systemic vascular resistance were observed between the quartiles. In linear regression analysis with stepwise elimination, ARR was an independent explanatory factor for PWV (beta =0.146, p
  • Baumgartner, Ana; Drame, Katarina; Geutjens, Stijn; Airaksinen, Marja (2020)
    Many patients, especially those with a high pill burden and multiple chronic illnesses, are less adherent to medication. In medication treatments utilizing polypills, this problem might be diminished since multiple drugs are fused into one formulation and, therefore, the therapy regimen is simplified. This systematic review summarized evidence to assess the effect of polypills on medication adherence. The following databases were searched for articles published between 1 January 2000, and 14 May 2019: PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and Scopus. Medication adherence was the only outcome assessed, regardless of the method of measuring it. Sixty-seven original peer-reviewed articles were selected. Adherence to polypill regimens was significantly higher in 56 articles (84%) compared to multiple pill regimens. This finding was also supported by the results of 13 out of 17 selected previously published systematic reviews and meta-analyses dealing with this topic. Adherence can be improved through the formulation of polypills, which is probably why the interest in researching them is growing. There are many polypills on the market, but the adherence studies so far focused mainly on a small range of medical conditions.
  • Pirinen, Jani; Eranti, Antti; Knekt, Paul; Lehto, Mika; Martinez-Majander, Nicolas; Aro, Aapo L.; Rissanen, Harri; Heliövaara, Markku; Kaste, Markku; Tatlisumak, Turgut; Huikuri, Heikki; Putaala, Jukka (2017)
    Introduction: Certain electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities are associated with ischemic stroke (IS), especially cardioembolic subtype. Besides atrial fibrillation, markers of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) or atrial pathology also reflect elevated risk. We studied the association of ECG markers with IS in young adults. Methods: We performed a case-control study including 567 consecutive IS patients aged 15-49 years (inclusion period: 1994-2007) and one or two age-and sex-matched control subjects enrolled during 1978-1980 (n = 1033), and investigated also the stroke aetiologic subgroups. We studied ECGs of all participants for markers of atrial abnormality, i.e. P-terminal force (PTF) on lead V1, interatrial blocks (IAB; P-wave duration >= 110ms), and LVH. Conditional logistic regression analyses were used. Results: IAB (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.57, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.16-2.13) and PTF combined with LVH (HR: 6.83, 95% CI: 1.65-28.31), were independently associated with IS. LVH, abnormal P-wave (HR: 6.87, 95% CI: 1.97-135.29), PTF, IAB, and combinations of these P-wave abnormalities with LVH - were associated with cardioembolic subtype. Abnormal P-wave and IAB were associated with cryptogenic stroke subtype. In unadjusted analysis, LVH was associated with small-vessel disease subtype. Conclusion: P-wave abnormalities on ECG were associated with cardioembolic but also with a cryptogenic subtype of IS.
  • Gordin, Daniel; Saraheimo, Markku; Tuomikangas, Jaana; Soro-Paavonen, Aino; Forsblom, Carol; Paavonen, Karri Jorma Antero; Steckel-Hamann, Birgit; Vandenhende, Francois; Nicolaou, Loizos; Pavo, Imre; Koivisto, Veikko; Groop, Per-Henrik (2016)
    Context: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Objective: The objective of the study was to determine whether postprandial hyperglycemia affects arterial function in T2D. Design: Asingle-center, open-label study of three groups of men were studied: 1) T2D patients with albuminuria (n = 22), 2) T2D patients without albuminuria (n = 24), and 3) nondiabetic controls (n = 25). Patients were randomized to a two-period crossover study schedule, ingesting breakfast, with or without insulin lispro (to induce low or high postprandial glycemia). Main Outcome Measures: Arterial stiffness was assessed by calculating pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index using applanation tonometry, and endothelial dysfunction was assessed using peripheral arterial tonometry, 30 minutes before breakfast and up to 240 minutes after breakfast. Results: At baseline, arterial stiffness was increased in patients. When adjusted for age and body mass index, in a combined group of patients with and without albuminuria, brachial PWV was higher during low (P = .032) and high (P = .038) postprandial glycemia vs controls. These differences were driven by the albuminuria group vs controls during low (P = .014) and high (P = .018) postprandial glycemia. No differences were observed in aortic PWV, augmentation index, or peripheral arterial tonometry ratio between patients and controls. Endothelin-1 and IL-6 were higher, and superoxide dismutase was lower, during postprandial hyperglycemia in T2D patients vs controls. Conclusions: In patients with T2D and albuminuria, brachial PWV was higher under postprandial hyperglycemic conditions, relative to controls. These data suggest that hyperglycemia induces an increase in stiffness of intermediate-sized arteries. We found no changes in other parts of the arterial bed.
  • Phan, Derek; Aro, Aapo L.; Reinier, Kyndaron; Teodorescu, Carmen; Uy-Evanado, Audrey; Gunson, Karen; Jui, Jonathan; Chugh, Sumeet S. (2016)
    Background-Recent reports indicate that specific left ventricular (LV) geometric patterns predict recurrent ventricular arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, this relationship has not been evaluated among patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the general population. Methods and Results-Adult SCA cases from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study were compared with geographic controls with no prior history of SCA. Archived echocardiograms performed closest and prior to the SCA event were reviewed. LV geometry was defined as normal (normal LV mass index [LVMI] and relative wall thickness [RWT]), concentric remodeling (normal LVMI and increased RWT), concentric hypertrophy (increased LVMI and RWT), or eccentric hypertrophy (increased LVMI and normal RWT). Analysis was restricted to those with LVEF Conclusions-Eccentric LV hypertrophy was independently associated with increased risk of SCA in subjects with EF
  • Seyerle, A. A.; Sitlani, C. M.; Noordam, R.; Gogarten, S. M.; Li, J.; Li, X.; Evans, D. S.; Sun, F.; Laaksonen, M. A.; Isaacs, A.; Kristiansson, K.; Highland, H. M.; Stewart, J. D.; Harris, T. B.; Trompet, S.; Bis, J. C.; Peloso, G. M.; Brody, J. A.; Broer, L.; Busch, E. L.; Duan, Q.; Stilp, A. M.; O'Donnell, C. J.; Macfarlane, P. W.; Floyd, J. S.; Kors, J. A.; Lin, H. J.; Li-Gao, R.; Sofer, T.; Mendez-Giraldez, R.; Cummings, S. R.; Heckbert, S. R.; Hofman, A.; Ford, David; Li, Y.; Launer, L. J.; Porthan, K.; Newton-Cheh, C.; Napier, M. D.; Kerr, K. F.; Reiner, A. P.; Rice, K. M.; Roach, J.; Buckley, B. M.; Soliman, E. Z.; de Mutsert, R.; Sotoodehnia, N.; Uitterlinden, A. G.; North, K. E.; Chen, Y-D (2018)
    Thiazide diuretics, commonly used antihypertensives, may cause QT interval (QT) prolongation, a risk factor for highly fatal and difficult to predict ventricular arrhythmias. We examined whether common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) modified the association between thiazide use and QT or its component parts (QRS interval, JT interval) by performing ancestry-specific, transethnic and cross-phenotype genome-wide analyses of European (66%), African American (15%) and Hispanic (19%) populations (N = 78 199), leveraging longitudinal data, incorporating corrected standard errors to account for underestimation of interaction estimate variances and evaluating evidence for pathway enrichment. Although no loci achieved genome-wide significance (P <5 x 10(-8)), we found suggestive evidence (P <5 x 10(-6)) for SNPs modifying the thiazide-QT association at 22 loci, including ion transport loci (for example, NELL1, KCNQ3). The biologic plausibility of our suggestive results and simulations demonstrating modest power to detect interaction effects at genome-wide significant levels indicate that larger studies and innovative statistical methods are warranted in future efforts evaluating thiazide-SNP interactions.
  • Preiss, David; Campbell, Ross T.; Murray, Heather M.; Ford, Ian; Packard, Chris J.; Sattar, Naveed; Rahimi, Kazem; Colhoun, Helen M.; Waters, David D.; LaRosa, John C.; Amarenco, Pierre; Pedersen, Terje R.; Tikkanen, Matti J.; Koren, Michael J.; Poulter, Neil R.; Sever, Peter S.; Ridker, Paul M.; MacFadyen, Jean G.; Solomon, Scott D.; Davis, Barry R.; Simpson, Lara M.; Nakamura, Haruo; Mizuno, Kyoichi; Marfisi, Rosa M.; Marchioli, Roberto; Tognoni, Gianni; Athyros, Vasilios G.; Ray, Kausik K.; Gotto, Antonio M.; Clearfield, Michael B.; Downs, John R.; McMurray, John J. (2015)
    Aims The effect of statins on risk of heart failure (HF) hospitalization and HF death remains uncertain. We aimed to establish whether statins reduce major HF events. Methods and results We searched Medline, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for randomized controlled endpoint statin trials from 1994 to 2014. Collaborating trialists provided unpublished data from adverse event reports. We included primary- and secondary-prevention statin trials with >1000 participants followed for >1 year. Outcomes consisted of first on-fatal HF hospitalization, HF death and a composite of first non-fatal HF hospitalization or HF death. HF events occurring Conclusion In primary- and secondary-prevention trials, statins modestly reduced the risks of non-fatal HF hospitalization and a composite of non-fatal HF hospitalization and HF death with no demonstrable difference in risk reduction between those who suffered an MI or not.