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J Hypertens ; 40(Suppl 1): e188, 2022 Jun 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1937751


OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors is a new class of antidiabetics, conferring a significant cardiovascular risk reduction. However, underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Right ventricular (RV) function is adversely affected early in the course of diabetes. Herein we sought to determine the effect of long-term use of SGLT-2 inhibitors on RV function. DESIGN AND METHOD: In this pilot, observational study, we enrolled 20 patients with T2DM and stable antidiabetic and antihypertensive treatment over the last 6 months. Patients were planned to undergo a thorough echocardiographic assessment of RV function twice, before and 6 months after initiation of a SGLT-2 inhibitor. We set as primary efficacy outcome the change in tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE). RESULTS: Mean age of participants was 62.8 ± 7.9 years, with a mean T2DM duration of 8.7 ± 6.1 years. Thirteen subjects were administered dapagliflozin, while the rest 7 were prescribed empagliflozin. Due to special regulations imposed in the context of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, mean treatment duration and follow-up period was 9.35 ± 3.4 months. SGLT-2 inhibitors led to a significant increase in TAPSE from 2.01 ± 0.23 to 2.12 ± 0.15 cm (p = 0.022). The result was significant for dapagliflozin (p = 0.015), while administration of empagliflozin resulted in a non-significant increase in TAPSE (p = 0.28). However, no significant difference between the two SGLT-2 inhibitors was shown (p = 0.7). Change in TAPSE was significant in subjects with prior history of cardiovascular disease (p = 0.024), while it was non-significant for subjects without previous cardiovascular disease (p = 0.26). Other parameters of RV function or RV dimensions were unchanged. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to assess the effect of long-term treatment with SGLT-2 inhibitors on RV function in subjects with T2DM, demonstrating a significant increase in TAPSE.

SN Compr Clin Med ; 2(9): 1419-1429, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-692464


Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) may result in serious complications involving several organ systems, including myocardial tissue. An exaggerated host inflammatory response, described as a cytokine storm, has been linked to play a major role in these complications. Colchicine and other pharmaceutical agents have been proposed to counter the cytokine storm and improve outcomes. In this exploratory review, we utilized a PubMed and Cochrane Database search aiming to identify the biochemical characteristics of the cytokine storm as well as to identify the potential effect of colchicine on these inflammatory biomarkers. The research yielded 30 reports describing the characteristics of the cytokine storm and 44 reports describing the effect of colchicine on various inflammatory biomarkers. According to our research, colchicine may be an agent of interest in the treatment of COVID-19 via its anti-inflammatory properties. However, there are potential drug interactions with cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors resulting in acute colchicine toxicities. Additionally, there is scarce evidence regarding the efficacy of colchicine in the acute phase of disease, since most trials evaluated its effect in chronic conditions. In this direction, our team proposes three different hypotheses for evaluating the place of colchicine in the treatment of COVID-19.