Author(s): Grekas D, Bamichas G, Bacharaki D, Goutzaridis N, Kasimatis E,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Hypertension accounts for 65 - 85\% of patients beginning dialysis, and dialysis alone controls hypertension in over 50\% of patients. PATIENT AND METHODS: We have surveyed the status of BP control in 113 hemodialysis patients, 66 men and 47 women, aged 59 +/- 13 years old, with a mean duration on hemodialysis 42 +/- 44 months. The following measurements were recorded: predialysis mean arterial pressure (pre-MAP), post-dialysis MAP (post-MAP), percentage of change in MAP, pre-dialysis weight, post-dialysis weight, fluid removed by ultrafiltration during each dialysis session, interdialytic weight gain and excess weight over the desirable dry weight. RESULTS: Our results showed a hypertension prevalence of 59\% (hypertension defined as pre-MAP +/- 110 mmHg). MAP was not different between men and women, and only 4.5\% of patients had isolated systolic hypertension. All hypertensive patients were on treatment with antihypertensives. Reduction in post-MAP by > or = 5\% (controlled by ultrafiltration) was found in 68.5\% of hypertensive and in 87.5\% of normotensive patients. Age, primary renal disease, time on dialysis and adequacy of dialysis were not correlated with pre-MAP. Excess volume and interdialytic weight gain were found to correlate with pre-MAP (p = 0.03). Also, the weekly dosage of EPO had a significant correlation with pre-MAP (p = 0.03). No differences were found among four classes of antihypertensive drugs regarding the BP control. Patients with hypertension requiring one drug achieved a significantly (p < 0.05) lower pre-MAP than the group of patients receiving three or more drugs. In conclusion, hemodialysis population shows high prevalence of hypertension, resistant to antihypertensive treatment. CONCLUSION: Current methods of hemodialysis are not effective in controlling BP. This implies that more insight into the role of excess volume and vasomotor systems in the pathogenesis of dialysis hypertension is warranted.
This article was published in Clin Nephrol
and referenced in Journal of Nephrology & Therapeutics