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J Hum Hypertens. 2008 Jan;22(1):38-47. Epub 2007 Jul 26.

Vascular compliance is secured under angiotensin inhibition in non-diabetic chronic kidney diseases.

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  • 1Department of Nephrology, Saitama Medical College, Iruma, Saitama, Japan.


Cardiovascular diseases constitute major cause of death in chronic kidney diseases (CKDs). We examined the effects of angiotensin inhibition either with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or with angiotensin receptor blocker on patient prognosis and heart-ankle pulse wave velocity (haPWV) in CKDs. Randomized controlled study was performed on 102 patients with non-diabetic CKDs. Patients were divided into two groups with or without angiotensin inhibition, and followed until death, creatinine clearance was halved or starting renal replacement therapy, whichever occurred first. For 4 years, haPWV was assessed repeatedly in the surviving patients. While both groups showed well blood pressure control throughout 4 years (129+/-1 to 131+/-2/71+/-1 to 73+/-2 mm Hg), renal prognosis was better in angiotensin inhibition group (P<0.05). In addition, angiotensin inhibition reduced cardiovascular and renal death (P<0.05). Age, sex, heart rate, systolic blood pressure and proteinuria were correlated to haPWV (R(2)=0.76, P<0.0001). Although haPWV was similar between two groups at the start of the study (1098+/-31 vs 1094+/-37 cm/s), it was higher in patients without angiotensin inhibition than that with angiotensin inhibition 4 years later (1034+/-38 cm/s (n=28) vs 1242+/-37 cm/s (n=23), P<0.01). The present results provided the evidence that angiotensin inhibition arrested a time-dependent elevation of haPWV in non-diabetic CKDs, conferring organ protection. Furthermore, our data indicated that angiotensin inhibition improved patient prognosis in non-diabetic chronic kidney diseases with mild-to-moderate renal dysfunction.

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