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Flammer, A J; Hermann, F; Wiesli, P; Schwegler, B; Chenevard, R; Hurlimann, D; Sudano, I; Gay, S; Neidhart, M; Riesen, W; Ruschitzka, F; Lüscher, T F; Noll, G; Lehmann, R (2007). Effect of losartan, compared with atenolol, on endothelial function and oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, 25(4):785-791.

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OBJECTIVE: It has been shown that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition or angiotensin receptor blockade may improve endothelial dysfunction, an early manifestation of atherosclerosis, in patients with diabetes. Whether this protective effect is mediated through blood pressure-lowering effects or other specific mechanisms such as a reduction in oxidative stress is not clear. We investigated the influence of losartan, compared with atenolol, on endothelial function and oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

METHODS: Thirteen patients were included in this randomized, double-blind, crossover study; they received losartan 50 mg twice daily for 4 weeks followed by atenolol 50 mg twice daily or vice versa. Concomitant medication with renin-angiotensin blocking agents or beta-blockers was withdrawn, whereas other medication remained unchanged. At baseline and after each treatment period, flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery and oxidative stress were measured in serum samples.

RESULTS: Flow-mediated dilation was increased significantly after 4 weeks' treatment with losartan (3.4 +/- 0.44%) compared with atenolol (2.58 +/- 0.42%; P = 0.01). 8-Isoprostanes, a marker of oxidative stress, were significantly reduced in the losartan group compared with baseline (0.039 +/- 0.007 versus 0.067 +/- 0.006 ng/ml; P = 0.01), but did not differ from baseline with atenolol. Glucose, hemoglobin A1c, highly sensitive C-reactive protein, lipids and systolic blood pressure remained unaltered, whereas diastolic blood pressure tended to be lower in the atenolol group.

CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that losartan significantly improved endothelial function in type 2 diabetes patients with hypertension compared with atenolol. This must be independent of the blood pressure-lowering effect of losartan and is probably caused by an antioxidative effect of the angiotensin receptor blocker.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Antihypertensive Agents/*therapeutic use;Atenolol/*therapeutic use;Blood Pressure/drug effects;Brachial Artery/drug effects/physiopathology;Cross-Over Studies;Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/metabolism/*physiopathology;Dinoprost/analogs & derivatives/blood;Double-Blind Method;Endothelium, Vascular/*drug effects/metabolism/physiopathology;Female;Humans;Hypertension/*drug therapy/metabolism/*physiopathology;Insulin Resistance;Losartan/*therapeutic use;Male;Middle Aged;Oxidative Stress/*drug effects;Regional Blood Flow/drug effects;Research Design;Treatment Outcome;Vasodilation/drug effects
Deposited On:13 Dec 2010 14:18
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:17
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Publisher DOI:10.1097/HJH.0b013e3280287a72
PubMed ID:17351370

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