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Valsartan after myocardial infarction [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2014; 14(Suppl 2): 9-13 | DOI: 10.5152/akd.2014.00002  

Valsartan after myocardial infarction

Sadi Güleç1
Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University; Ankara-Turkey

One of the important problems of the patients undergoing acute myocardial infarction (MI) is early development of heart failure. It has been revealed in various studies that renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) has a significant role in this process. The studies conducted with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have resulted in decreased mortality rate. Another RAAS blocker which was discovered about ten years later than other ACE inhibitors in historical process is angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) inhibiting the efficiency of angiotensin 2 by binding to angiotensin 1 receptor. Valsartan is one of the molecules of this group, which has higher number of large-scale randomized clinical studies. In this review, following presentation of a general overview on heart failure after acute MI, the efficiency of ARBs in this patient group will be discussed. This discussion will mostly emphasize the construction, outcomes and clinical importance of VALIANT (VALsartan In Acute myocardial iNfarcTion), which is the study on valsartan after acute MI heart failure.

Keywords: valsartan, acute myocardial infarction, valiant

Sadi Güleç. Valsartan after myocardial infarction. Anatol J Cardiol. 2014; 14(Suppl 2): 9-13

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