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Key advances in antihypertensive treatment.
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PMID:  22430830     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Although various effective treatments for hypertension are available, novel therapies to reduce elevated blood pressure, improve blood-pressure control, treat resistant hypertension, and reduce the associated cardiovascular risk factors are still required. A novel angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) was approved in 2011, and additional compounds are in development or being tested in clinical trials. Several of these agents have innovative mechanisms of action (an aldosterone synthase inhibitor, a natriuretic peptide agonist, a soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor, and an angiotensin II type 2 receptor agonist) or dual activity (a combined ARB and neutral endopeptidase inhibitor, an ARB and endothelin receptor A blocker, and an endothelin-converting enzyme and neutral endopeptidase inhibitor). In addition, several novel fixed-dose combinations of existing antihypertensive agents were approved in 2010-2011, including aliskiren double and triple combinations, and an olmesartan triple combination. Upcoming fixed-dose combinations are expected to introduce calcium-channel blockers other than amlodipine and diuretics other than hydrochlorothiazide. Finally, device-based approaches to the treatment of resistant hypertension, such as renal denervation and baroreceptor activation therapy, have shown promising results in clinical trials. However, technical improvements in the implantation procedure and devices used for baroreceptor activation therapy are required to address procedural safety concerns.
Ludovit Paulis; Ulrike M Steckelings; Thomas Unger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-20
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Title:  Nature reviews. Cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1759-5010     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101500075     Medline TA:  Nat Rev Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Sasinkova 4, 811 08, Bratislava, Slovakia.
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