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New directions in the assessment and treatment of hypertensive heart disease

González A., López B., Díez J.
Division of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Centre for Applied Medical Research, University Clinic, School of Medicine, University of Navarra, C/Pio XII 55, 31008 Pamplona, Spain.

Magazine: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension

Date: Sep 1, 2005

Cardiology

PURPOSE OF REVIEW
This article will review briefly the emerging new concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of myocardial fibrosis in patients with hypertensive heart disease.

RECENT FINDINGS
Although hypertensive heart disease is characterized clinically by development of left-ventricular hypertrophy in the absence of a cause other than arterial hypertension, changes in the composition of myocardial tissue also develop in arterial hypertension leading to structural remodeling of the myocardium (e.g. fibrosis). Recent available data on the determination of serum concentrations of collagen-derived serum peptides and quantitative analysis of echoreflectivity to address the presence of fibrosis in the myocardium of hypertensive patients are promising. In addition, preliminary data suggest that the goal of reducing myocardial fibrosis is achievable in patients with hypertensive heart disease using specific antihypertensive agents (e.g. those interfering with angiotensin II).

SUMMARY
The time has come to revisit the current management of hypertensive heart disease simply focused on detecting left-ventricular hypertrophy and controlling blood pressure to reduce left-ventricular mass. It is necessary to develop new approaches aimed at assessing and repairing alterations of myocardial structure and protect myocardial function and, in so doing, to reduce in a more-effective manner adverse risk associated with hypertensive heart disease.

CITATION  Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2005 Sep;14(5):428-34

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