Relations between vasoactive hormones and diastolic function in hypertensive uraemic patients

C. Napoli, A. Liguori, P. Sorice, A. Di Benedetto, S. Ciafre, T. Posca, N. Di Ieso, F. P. D'Armiento

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Background. Arterial hypertension is a significant risk factor for the high rate of cardiovascular disease in chronic uraemic (CU) patients. Any role that hypertension may play in CU patient outcomes assumes added significance. The elevation of some hormonal factors in early clinical stage could represent a valuable marker of cardiac disease in CU. Aim. This study first investigated the role of several hormones on cardiac diastolic properties in CU patients. Moreover, the study investigated the association of hypertension with both diastolic function and release of vasoactive hormones in CU patients. Results. We have reported that the early impairment of diastolic function is correlated with the elevation of both circulating plasma atrial natriuretic factor and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in hypertensive CU patients. Since the effect of ET-1 on diastolic function is still poorly understood, we have investigated also this issue. In eight additional patients with reduced E/A ratio, but without uraemia, hypertension or chronic heart failure, we have showed a high inverse correlation between the values of E/A ratio and ET-1 plasma concentrations. Conclusions. These results strongly suggest that the elevation in ET-1 levels was correlated with diastolic dysfunction in man. This phenomenon may have important pathophysiological implications suggesting the possibility of an early therapeutic approach in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Atrial natriuretic factor
  • Chronic uraemia
  • Diastolic function
  • Endothelin-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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