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      The Effects of Antihypertensive Agents on Atherosclerosis-Related Parameters of Human Aorta Intimal Cells

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          Four antihypertensive agents – amlodipine, verapamil, propranolol and perindoprilat – were studied in human cell cultures. Antiatherogenic activity was investigated using uninvolved human aortic smooth muscle intima cells and atherogenic serum obtained from patients with coronary atherosclerosis. Amlodipine and verapamil significantly inhibited serum-induced increases in cholesterol content, cell-proliferative activity and protein synthesis in the cultured cells. Propranolol increased all three parameters, while perindoprilat had no effects. In addition, amlodipine and verapamil significantly lowered the intracellular cholesterol content of smooth muscle cells derived from atherosclerotic plaque and inhibited cell proliferation and protein synthesis. Propranolol increased all of these parameters, while perindoprilat produced no effects. The antiatherogenic and antiatherosclerotic actions of verapamil and amlodipine were confirmed in an ex vivo model. These studies demonstrated a beneficial antiatherosclerotic effect of amlodipine that was greater than that of verapamil. Perindoprilat had a neutral effect on atherosclerotic parameters, while the action of propranolol appeared to be potentially detrimental.

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          To compare the rate of progression of mean maximum intimal-medial thickness (IMT) in carotid arteries, using quantitative B-mode ultrasound imaging, during antihypertensive therapy with isradipine vs hydrochlorothiazide. Randomized, double-blind, positive-controlled trial. Nine medical center clinics. A total of 883 patients with baseline mean +/- SD systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP, respectively) of 149.7 +/- 16.6 and 96.5 +/- 5.1 mm Hg, age of 58.5 +/- 8.5 years, and maximum IMT of 1.17 +/- 0.20 mm. Twice daily doses of isradipine (2.5-5.0 mg) or hydrochlorothiazide (12.5-25 mg). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE (PRIMARY END POINT): Rate of progression of mean maximum IMT in 12 carotid focal points over 3 years. There was no difference in the rate of progression of mean maximum IMT between isradipine and hydrochlorothiazide over 3 years (P=.68). There was a higher incidence of major vascular events (eg, myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure, angina, and sudden death) in isradipine (n=25; 5.65%) vs hydrochlorothiazide (n=14; 3.17%) (P=.07), and a significant increase in nonmajor vascular events and procedures (eg, transient ischemic attack, dysrhythmia, aortic valve replacement, and femoral popliteal bypass graft) in isradipine (n=40; 9.05%) vs hydrochlorothiazide (n=23; 5.22%) (P=.02). At 6 months, mean DBP decreased by 13.0 mm Hg in both groups, and mean SBP decreased by 19.5 mm Hg in hydrochlorothiazide and 16.0 mm Hg in isradipine (P=.002); the difference in SBP between the 2 groups persisted throughout the study but did not explain the increased incidence of vascular events in patients treated with isradipine. The rate of progression of mean maximum IMT in carotid arteries, the surrogate end point in this study, did not differ between the 2 treatment groups. The increased incidence of vascular events in patients receiving isradipine compared with hydrochlorothiazide is of concern and should be studied further.
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                S. Karger AG
                January 1998
                13 February 1998
                : 89
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                : 111-118
                Institute of Experimental Cardiology, Cardiology Research Center, Moscow, Russia
                6765 Cardiology 1998;89:111–118
                © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                General Cardiology, Basic Science


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