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J Card Fail. 2007 Mar;13(2):86-94.

Effects of combined candesartan and ACE inhibitors on BNP, markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, and glucose regulation in patients with symptomatic heart failure.

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Research Center, Montreal Heart Institute and Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



We assessed the effects of candesartan in addition to angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors on N-terminal pro-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP), systemic markers of inflammation and oxidative stress as well as on glucose regulation in patients with heart failure (HF).


Eighty patients with HF ages 62.5 +/- 8.4 years presenting mostly with New York Heart Association class II symptoms (class II = 57.5%, III = 41.3%), and mean left ventricular ejection fraction 27.1 +/- 7.3% were recruited. The patients were randomized to receive candesartan titrated to 32 mg 1 per day versus placebo in double-blind fashion for 6 months. Nt-proBNP, markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, glucose, insulin, and fasting insulin resistance index were analyzed. Candesartan decreased Nt-proBNP (median value = 12.4% versus -20.4%; [candesartan] P = .05), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) (+5.32% versus -20.3% [candesartan]; P = 0.046), without significantly influencing serum interleukin-6, interleukin-18, adhesion molecules, or markers of oxidative stress. Blood glucose decreased in patients treated with candesartan with a significantly greater effect in patients with higher blood glucose levels (P < .01 for interaction).


The addition of candesartan to ACE inhibitor and beta-blocker decreases Nt-proBNP and hsCRP, but does not change the other markers of inflammation or oxidative stress in patients with heart failure. Dual angiotensin-II suppression also decreased blood glucose with a greater impact in patients with higher blood glucose level.

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