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1.  Renal Denervation: Intractable Hypertension and Beyond 
Cardiorenal Medicine  2014;4(1):22-33.
Hypertension continues to be a major burden of public health concern despite the recent advances and proven benefit of pharmacological therapy. A certain subset of patients has hypertension resistant to maximal medical therapy and appropriate lifestyle measures. A novel catheter-based technique for renal denervation (RDN) as a new therapeutic avenue has great promise for the treatment of refractory hypertension.
This review included the physiology of the renal sympathetic nervous system and the renal nerve anatomy. Furthermore, the RDN procedure, technology systems, and RDN clinical trials as well as findings besides antihypertensive effects were discussed. Findings on safety and efficacy seem to suggest that renal sympathetic denervation could be of therapeutic benefit in refractory hypertensive patients. Despite the fast pace of development in RDN therapies, only initial and very limited clinical data are available. Large gaps in knowledge concerning the long-term effects and consequences of RDN still exist, and solid, randomized data are warranted.
PMCID: PMC4024497  PMID: 24847331
Renal denervation; Hypertension; Renal sympathetic nervous system

2.  The impact of drug eluting stents availability on the treatment choice among medical therapy, percutaneous or surgical revascularisation and on 4-year clinical outcome in patients with coronary artery disease: a cohort study 
BMJ Open  2012;2(5):e001926.
To investigate the influence of the availability of drug eluting stents (DES) on treatment choice (TC) among medical therapy (MT), coronary by-pass surgery (CABG) or percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and the consequent clinical outcomes in patients hospitalised because of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Observational study comparing two cohorts hospitalised immediately before, and 3 years after DES availability.
Thirteen hospitals with cardiology facilities.
2131 consecutive patients with at least one coronary stenosis >50% at coronary angiography (CA) after exclusion of those with acute myocardial infarction or previous CABG or associated relevant valvular disease.
Main outcome measures
Treatment choice after CA and 4-year clinical outcomes.
TC among MT (27% vs 29.2%), PCI (58.6% vs 55.5%) and CABG (14.5% vs 15.3%) was similar in the DES and bare metal stent (BMS) periods (p = 0.51). At least one DES was implanted in 57% of patients treated with PCI in 2005. After 4 years, no difference in mortality (13.8% vs 13.2%, p = 0.72), hospital admissions for myocardial infarction (6.6% vs 5.2%, p = 0.26), stroke (2.2% vs 1.7%, p = 0.49) and further revascularisations (22.3% vs 19.7%, p = 0.25) were observed in patients enrolled in the DES and BMS periods. Only in patients with Syntax score 23–32 a significant change of TC (p = 0.0002) occurred in the DES versus BMS period: MT in 17.4% vs 31%, PCI in 62.2% vs 35.8%, CABG in 20.3% vs 33.2%, with similar 4-year combined end-point of mortality, stroke, myocardial infarction and further revascularisations (45.3% vs 34.2%, p = 0.087).
Three years after DES availability, the TC in patients with CAD has not changed significantly as well as the 4-year incidence of death, myocardial infarction, stroke and further revascularisations. In subgroup with Syntax score 23–32, a significant increase of indications to PCI was observed in the DES period, without any improvement of the 4-year clinical outcome.
PMCID: PMC3488738  PMID: 23103608
3.  Prediction of Cardiovascular Events by Inflammatory Markers in Patients Undergoing Carotid Stenting 
Mayo Clinic Proceedings  2012;87(1):50-58.
To assess whether inflammatory markers predict atherosclerotic disease activity after carotid treatment in patients with severe carotid stenosis and nonsignificant coronary artery disease undergoing carotid stenting.
Patients and Methods
From March 1, 2004, to September 30, 2005, a total of 55 consecutive patients (mean ± SD age, 69±8.3 years; 26 men) with severe carotid stenosis and nonsignificant coronary artery disease were treated with carotid stent implantation. Patients were followed up for a period of 5 years for the occurrence of cardiovascular events.
A significant correlation between quantitative analysis of debris entrapped in the filters and inflammatory markers was found. Moreover, the number of particles per filter, the total particles area, and the mean particle axis per filter were significantly higher in patients with clinical events at the follow-up compared with patients without events (87 vs 32, P=.006; 50,118.7 vs 17,782, P=.002; 33.9 vs 30.2, P=.03). At 5-year follow-up we recorded cardiovascular or neurologic events in 11 of the 55 patients (20%). Higher preprocedural levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, interleukin 6 soluble receptor, and interleukin 6 were significantly associated with clinical events at follow-up (P<.001, P=.05, and P=.02, respectively). In particular high-sensitivity C-reactive protein measured at 24 and 48 hours after carotid stenting showed a significant correlation with clinical events (P=.001). Also preprocedural intracellular adhesion molecule 1 and circulating vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 blood concentrations were significantly correlated with a worse prognosis at follow-up (P=.04 and P=.03, respectively).
In patients with severe carotid stenosis and nonsignificant coronary artery disease, inflammation is associated with atherosclerotic disease activity and a worse prognosis. Interleukin 6, interleukin 6 soluble receptor, intracellular adhesion molecule 1, vascular cell adhesion molecule 1, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels at baseline and 24 and 48 hours after carotid stenting are predictive of neurologic and cardiovascular events at follow-up.
PMCID: PMC3498377  PMID: 22212968

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