Improvement in Central Arterial Pressure Waveform during Hemodialysis Is Related to a Reduction in Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) Levels
2007 (English)In: Nephron. Clinical practice, ISSN 1660-2110, Vol. 106, no 4, c180-c186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Cardiovascular mortality is high in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Early arterial pressure wave reflections, reflecting arterial stiffness and the endogenous nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels predict mortality in HD patients. Therefore, we aimed to study changes in ADMA levels and central arterial pressure waveform during HD. Methods: Thirty-two chronic HD patients were studied before and after a HD session. In a subset of 22 patients without arrhythmias, pulse wave analysis was performed on radial artery (SphygmoCor). Augmentation index (AIx), defined as difference between the second and first systolic peak divided by central pulse pressure, was used as a measure of arterial stiffness. ADMA was measured in plasma with the ELISA technique. Homocysteine was measured in plasma using the EIA technique. Results: HD reduced both AIx (19%; p = 0.003) and ADMA levels (17%; p < 0.001). The magnitudes of changes in AIx and ADMA during HD were correlated (r = 0.44; p = 0.045). Mean arterial pressure change was not significant. HD reduced homocysteine levels, but homocysteine was not related to ADMA or AIx. Conclusion: The reduction in ADMA level seen after HD was associated with improvement in the central arterial pressure waveform, suggesting involvement of nitric oxide in the regulation of arterial stiffness in HD patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 106, no 4, c180-c186 p.
Cardiovascular disease, Hemodialysis, Homocysteine
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11352DOI: 10.1159/000104429ISI: 000247825200006PubMedID: 17596727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11352DiVA: diva2:39120