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Current Vascular Pharmacology


ISSN (Print): 1570-1611
ISSN (Online): 1875-6212

Diabetes, the Renin-Angiotensin System and Heart Disease

Author(s): Hoong Sern Lim and Gregory Y.H. Lip

Volume 1 , Issue 2 , 2003

Page: [225 - 238] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/1570161033476682

Price: $65


Despite recent advances, cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death among patients with diabetes. Diabetes-related heart disease makes up the majority of the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and this clinical entity results from synergistic interaction amongst various overlapping mechanisms. Diabetes-related heart disease is characterised by a propensity to develop premature, diffuse atherosclerotic disease, structural and functional abnormalities of the microvasculature, autonomic dysfunction and intrinsic myocardial dysfunction (the so-called diabetic ‘cardiomyopathy’), all of which are exacerbated by hypertension and diabetic nephropathy. The renin-angiotensinaldosterone system possesses various autocrine and paracrine effects which drive most of the pathophysiological mechanisms in diabetes-related heart disease. This review aims to describe the expanding role of the renin-angiotensinaldosterone system, the complex entity of diabetes-related heart disease and the (emerging) evidence for specific inhibition of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in diabetes.

Keywords: renin-angiotensin system, diabetes, cardiovascular disease

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