Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chronic HCV linked to hypertension, congestive heart failure

Chronic HCV linked to hypertension, congestive heart failure
Younossi ZM. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2013;37:647-652.

February 27, 2013
Patients with chronic hepatitis C are more likely to have hypertension, in addition to insulin resistance and diabetes, and also are at elevated risk for congestive heart failure, according to recent results.

Researchers evaluated data from 19,741 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2010. The cohort included 173 patients with chronic HCV, with the remaining 19,568 classified as controls.
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Midodrine, clonidine improve ascites control in patients with cirrhosis
Singh V. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;doi:10.1038/ajg.2013.9.

February 26, 2013
Patients with cirrhosis and ascites treated with standard care and midodrine, clonidine or both therapies experienced improvement to hemodynamics and ascites control compared with standard care alone in a recent pilot study.
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