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Type: Journal article
Title: Prevention of aortic valve stenosis: a realistic therapeutic target?
Author: Ngo, D.
Sverdlov, A.
Horowitz, J.
Citation: Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2012; 135(1):78-93
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0163-7258
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D.T. Ngo, A.L. Sverdlov and J.D. Horowitz
Abstract: Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is the most common form of valvular heart disease in the Western world, affecting ~40% of the population over the age of 80; to date the only established treatment is valve replacement. However, AS progression occurs over many years, and is associated from its earliest stages with increased risk of coronary events. Recent insight into the pathophysiology of AS has included central roles for angiotensin II, for diminished nitric oxide effect at the level of valve endothelium and matrix, and for inflammatory activation/redox stress culminating in activation of pro-calcific stimuli. Despite the presence of atheroma within the stenotic valve, hyperlipidemia per se does not play a critic role in the development of obstructive disease. We review emerging options for pharmacotherapy of AS, including in particular retardation of disease progression. The various clinical evaluations of lipid-reducing therapy have been uniformly unsuccessful in slowing AS progression. However, recent studies in animal models and retrospective evaluations in humans suggest that ACE inhibitors and/or angiotensin receptor blockers may be effective in this regard. Furthermore, agents normally utilized to treat osteoporosis also offer promise in retarding AS. Given the considerable morbidity, mortality and health care costs associated with AS, such therapeutic developments should be expedited.
Keywords: Aortic Valve
Aortic Valve Stenosis
Disease Progression
Nitric Oxide
Guanylate Cyclase
Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
Cardiovascular Agents
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Oxidative Stress
Renin-Angiotensin System
Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase
Rights: © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2012.04.001
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