Beyond gout: uric acid and cardiovascular diseases.

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Summary of "Beyond gout: uric acid and cardiovascular diseases."

Abstract Objectives: This article discusses the results of clinical and experimental studies that examine the association of hyperuricemia and gout with cardiovascular (CV) disease. Methods: Key papers for inclusion were identified by a PubMed search, and articles were selected for their relevance to the topic, according to the authors' judgment. Results and conclusions: Significant progress has been made in confirming an association, possibly causal, between hyperuricemia and CV outcomes. Xantine-oxidase (XO) inhibitors appear to be the most promising agents for prevention and treatment of CV consequences associated with hyperuricemia. Several small and medium sized studies have examined the effect of these agents on CV function in a variety of patient populations. Improvements in measures of endothelial function, oxidative stress, cardiac function, hemodynamics, and certain inflammatory indices have been demonstrated. Compounds for XO inhibition with more specific clinical effects and fewer side effects than allopurinol may be promising options to further explore the therapeutic potential in patients with CV disease. It is too early to make clinical recommendations with regard to the benefits of using XO inhibitor allopurinol or the novel febuxostat in patients with asymptomatic increased UA levels and high CV risk because only a small number of studies have shown that they may be beneficial in terms of CV outcomes. More studies are therefore needed to determine the potential of these drugs for reducing the risk of developing CV disease.


Division of Medicine and Surgery , Spedali Civili, Brescia , Italy.

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Name: Current medical research and opinion
ISSN: 1473-4877


PubMed Articles [18510 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

The role of uric acid in the development of cardiovascular disease.

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The role of uric acid and allopurinol therapy in cardiovascular disease.

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Uric acid lowering therapy in cardiovascular diseases.

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Serum uric acid concentrations and SLC2A9 genetic variation in Hispanic children: the Viva La Familia Study.

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Common Variants in LRP2 and COMT Genes Affect the Susceptibility of Gout in a Chinese Population.

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The Effects of Different Kinds of Antihypertensive Drugs on Uric Acid in Plasma

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Optimal Administration of Allopurinol in Dialysis Patients

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Pegylated Recombinant Mammalian Uricase (PEG-uricase) as Treatment for Refractory Gout

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A Study of Persons With Gout Who Do Not Respond to or Are Allergic to Conventional Therapy

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Agents that increase uric acid excretion by the kidney (URICOSURIC AGENTS), decrease uric acid production (antihyperuricemics), or alleviate the pain and inflammation of acute attacks of gout.

Excessive URIC ACID or urate in blood as defined by its solubility in plasma at 37 degrees C; greater than 0.42mmol per liter (7.0mg/dL) in men or 0.36mmol per liter (6.0mg/dL) in women. This condition is caused by overproduction of uric acid or impaired renal clearance. Hyperuricemia can be acquired, drug-induced or genetically determined (LESCH-NYHAN SYNDROME). It is associated with HYPERTENSION and GOUT.

Uricosuric that acts by increasing uric acid clearance. It is used in the treatment of gout.

Gout suppressants that act directly on the renal tubule to increase the excretion of uric acid, thus reducing its concentrations in plasma.

Hereditary metabolic disorder characterized by recurrent acute arthritis, hyperuricemia and deposition of sodium urate in and around the joints, sometimes with formation of uric acid calculi.


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