New kidney research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine is raising concerns that long-term use of drugs commonly prescribed to treat high-blood pressure and heart failure could be contributing to kidney damage.
“It would be important to conduct prospective, randomized controlled studies to determine the extent of functional and tissue damage in patients taking medications for blood pressure control,” said Dr. Ariel Gomez of UVA’s Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Research Center. “It is imperative to find out what molecules these cells make so that we can counteract them to prevent the damage while the hypertension is treated with the current drugs available today.”
Photo credit: Dr. Maria Luisa Sequeira Lopez, left, and Dr. Ariel Gomez are professors and researchers in UVA’s Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Research Center. (UVA Health photo)