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      Controversies in Renal Artery Stenosis: A Review by the American Society of Nephrology Advisory Group on Hypertension

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          Renovascular hypertension is a recognized secondary potentially curable cause of hypertension since the work of Harry Goldblatt. Operative treatments for renal artery stenosis (RAS) have been offered for decades and percutaneous interventions have been widely available for 20 years. Stenting has largely obviated recurrence and modern techniques have contributed greatly to the safety of the procedure. Nevertheless, controversy abounds and prospective randomized trials have not successfully documented the value of intervention in patients with atherosclerotic RAS. The patient population has also changed remarkably. Whereas earlier patients with RAS were identified on clinical grounds, RAS is now commonly found serendipitously during angiography for other reasons. Whether or not these patients benefit from ‘drive by’ stenting is unknown. The practice may be hazardous and should be critically examined. A dialog and closer cooperation between cardiologists and nephrologists is warranted and organized programs should be formulated to address this problem.

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              It has been reported that renovascular hypertension activates the renin-angiotensin system, leading to an increase in oxidative stress. We sought to determine whether renal-artery angioplasty improves endothelial dysfunction in patients with renovascular hypertension through a reduction in oxidative stress. We evaluated the response of forearm blood flow to acetylcholine, an endothelium-dependent vasodilator, and isosorbide dinitrate, an endothelium-independent vasodilator, before and after renal-artery angioplasty in 15 subjects with renovascular hypertension and 15 controls without hypertension who were matched for age and sex. Forearm blood flow was measured with the use of a mercury-filled Silastic strain-gauge plethysmograph. The forearm blood flow in response to acetylcholine was less in subjects with renovascular hypertension than in controls, although the forearm blood flow in response to isosorbide dinitrate was similar in the two groups. Angioplasty decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressures, forearm vascular resistance, and urinary excretion of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine and serum malondialdehyde-modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL), indexes of oxidative stress. After angioplasty, the mean (+/-SD) forearm blood flow in response to acetylcholine was increased in the patients with renovascular hypertension (19.3+/-6.8 vs. 29.6+/-7.1 ml per minute per 100 ml, P=0.002). The increase in the maximal forearm blood flow in response to acetylcholine correlated significantly with the decrease in urinary excretion of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (r=-0.51, P=0.004) and serum malondialdehyde-modified LDL (r=-0.39, P=0.02). Coinfusion of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) augmented the response of forearm blood flow to acetylcholine before angioplasty (P<0.001) but not after angioplasty. These findings suggest that excessive oxidative stress is involved, at least in part, in impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilatation in patients with renovascular hypertension.

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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                April 2007
                21 March 2007
                : 27
                : 2
                : 212-220
                Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, Colo., USA
                101000 Am J Nephrol 2007;27:212–220
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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