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Ongoing developments in our understanding of cardiovascular disease, together with the introduction of new drugs to treat these conditions, has led to much debate over the optimal management of hypertension. The ALLHAT study showed no major differences in cardiovascular outcome among three major...
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is characterized by hyperglycemia due to a combination of insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion. The hyperglycemia is associated with an increased risk for micro- and macrovascular complications, and lowering fasting and postprandial hyperglycemia may...
Cardiogenic shock following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) continues to be associated with significant mortality despite modern reperfusion strategies and inotropic support. There is mounting evidence that an acute inflammatory response accompanies the well documented decrement in left...
Angiotensin receptor antagonists (angiotensin receptor blockers; ARBs) are an effective initial antihypertensive monotherapy in many patients. However, when initial ARB monotherapy fails to achieve the recommended BP goal, there is some controversy as to whether dose uptitration or the addition...
The random variation of BP and the intraindividual variation in the BP response to treatment cause considerable difficulties in the evaluation of the dose-response relationship of antihypertensive drugs. Thus, failures in finding the optimal dose of antihypertensive drugs have not been uncommon....
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