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Improvement of Exercise capacity in Monocrotaline induced pulmonary hypertension by the Phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor Vardenafil.
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PMID:  23246673     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Vardenafil, a Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitor, is approved for the therapy of erectile dysfunction; however, in contrast to Sildenafil and Tadalafil, little is known about its effects on pulmonary hypertension. Four weeks after monocrotaline-administration rats exhibited a significant increase in right ventricular pressure (RVSP, 94mmHg vs. 25mmHg; p=0.001) right ventricular weight (right ventricle/left ventricle+septum, 59 vs. 23; p=0.001) and pulmonary vascular remodeling (medial wall area 104% vs. 66%; p<0.05) as compared to controls, with a corresponding reduction in exercise capacity (% from baseline value: 67%; p<0.05). Vardenafil treatment resulted in decreased RVSP (56mmHg vs. 95mmHg; p=0.008), right ventricular weight (41 vs. 59; p=0.013), pulmonary vascular remodeling (medial wall area 64% vs. 104%; p<0.05) and a significant better exercise capacity (% from baseline value: 84% vs. 67%; p<0.05) compared to monocrotaline only treated animals. In conclusion, Vardenafil exerts beneficial effects on monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats. Whether it is a treatment option for patients with pulmonary hypertension needs to be elucidated.
Stephan Schroll; Daniela Sebah; Wagner Michael; Popawa Viktoria; Friedrich Blumberg; Michael Pfeifer
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory physiology & neurobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1519     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Physiol Neurobiol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101140022     Medline TA:  Respir Physiol Neurobiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Internal Medicine II, Pneumology, University Hospital Regensburg, Germany. Electronic address:
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