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Cardiovascular safety of anti-TNF-alpha therapies: Facts and unsettled issues.
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PMID:  21539939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and heart failure (HF). Over the last years RA could benefit from TNFa inhibitors that mitigated disease activity, decreased structural damage, and prevented cardiovascular events. Contraindications to clinical use of TNFa inhibitors may include infections, autoimmune disorders, demyelinating disease, cancer, and heart failure. Overall, these pathological conditions do not appear to increase significantly during treatment with TNFa antagonists compared to placebo. Clinical trials probed these drugs in non RA HF patients produced disappointing results and formed the basis to contraindicate TNFa inhibitors in patients with moderate-severe HF. Although National Registries provide apparently encouraging data about HF safety of anti-TNFa therapies, they cannot adequately assess the actual risk, as these drugs are administered to patients with no cardiac dysfunction. These findings introduced a "rheumatological dilemma" in the clinical management of RA with anti-TNFa. Probably, in RA patients anti-TNFa agents would intercept TNFa and prevent its toxic effects on heart function, while in patients with advanced heart damage (NYHA class III-IV HF), anti-TNFa agents would interfere with the beneficial preconditioning effects of TNFa.
Cacciapaglia Fabio; Navarini Luca; Menna Pierantonio; Salvatorelli Emanuela; Giorgio Minotti; Afeltra Antonella
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Autoimmunity reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-0183     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101128967     Medline TA:  Autoimmun Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, "N. Melli" Hospital, San Pietro, Brindisi, Italy; Integrated Research Center, Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy.
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