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How do glucocorticoids cause hypertension: Role of nitric oxide deficiency, oxidative stress, and eicosanoids

Whitworth, Judith; Ong, Lee Lin (Sharon)


The exact mechanism by which glucocorticoid induces hypertension is unclear. Several mechanisms have been proposed, although there is evidence against the role of sodium and water retention as well as sympathetic nerve activation. This review highlights the role of nitric oxide-redox imbalance and their interactions with arachidonic acid metabolism in glucocorticoid-induced hypertension in humans and experimental animal models.

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecl.2011.01.010


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