Hypertension and Kidney: Choosing the Right Therapeutic Agent for BP Control and Nephroprotection
In the management of hypertension, the treatment goals need to be dual with equal emphasis – i.e. to reduce the blood pressure levels and provide effective nephro-protection. Such treatment goals can be achieved and sustained over long periods of time by considering agents that work effectively and safely on lowering blood pressure, and at the same time have independent action on nephro-protection at the time of initiation of treatment. Newer generation calcium channel blockers like cilnidipine may offer specific clinical benefits, beyond just blood pressure-lowering effect, which in turn, could improve long term renal & cardiovascular outcomes.
The author, Dr Arun Shah is a practicing Nephrologist in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra and is presently associated as Consultant Nephrologist at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, Bharatiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, Mumbai and Hinduja Healthcare ,Khar, Mumbai