Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) have devastating effects on the morbidity and mortality of a large portion of the elderly population. Current therapeutic options for AAAs are limited to surgical approaches, because there are no proven pharmacologic treatments. Recently, there is evolving evidence that angiotensin II (Ang II) participates in the initiation and propagation of AAAs. Animal studies have consistently demonstrated the ability of Ang II to promote the formation of AAAs, although the mechanisms of this effect have not been defined. Further definition of the role of the renin-angiotensin system in AAA formation and progression will identify potential therapeutic strategies for treatment of this disease.
|Number of pages
|Current Hypertension Reports
|Published - Dec 2004
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Work in the authors’ laboratories is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (HL62846, HL70239, HL73085).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine