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J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2014 Aug;16(8):591-8. doi: 10.1111/jch.12366. Epub 2014 Jul 7.

Effect of add-on aliskiren to type 1 angiotensin receptor blocker therapy on endothelial function and autonomic nervous system in hypertensive patients with ischemic heart disease.

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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the add-on effect of aliskiren to valsartan on endothelial-dependent vasodilation in hypertensive patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD). After 4 weeks of treatment with 80 mg of valsartan, 28 patients were allocated to either continued treatment with valsartan or an add-on treatment with valsartan plus 150 mg of aliskiren. Aliskiren significantly decreased plasma renin activity, whereas endothelium-dependent vasodilation measured by flow-mediated dilation (FMD) did not change. In contrast, heart rate significantly decreased (73.1 ± 9.8 to 66.3 ± 7.0 beats per minute at baseline and 24 weeks, respectively [P = .009]) and the standard deviation of the R-R intervals (SDNN) significantly increased in the aliskiren group. The add-on aliskiren to valsartan therapy may not improve endothelial functions, although it significantly reduced resting heart rate via regulation of the autonomic nervous system in hypertensive patients with IHD.

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