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European heart journal

Nisoldipine in severe ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction.


PMID 8370362

Abstract

The use of calcium antagonists in patients with severe dysfunction is controversial because agents like verapamil, diltiazem and nifedipine have been shown to worsen or precipitate congestive heart failure. However, successive improvements in our understanding of the clinical pharmacology of these drugs, of their pharmacokinetics and of their action on several neuro-humoral regulatory mechanisms have led to a continuous improvement of the molecules available. Promising results have been obtained with nisoldipine in patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction (improved exercise tolerance, improved diastolic filling probably related to a relative improvement of chronically ischaemic areas) and other studies are exploring the effects of the combination of nisoldipine with an ACE-inhibitor. Soon, these trials should tell us if there is a real clinical benefit in the use of this agent not only to improve symptoms but also to slow down progression of the ventricular dysfunction.

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Nisoldipine, ≥98% (HPLC)
C20H24N2O6