Cardiovascular complications of immunosuppressive agents in renal transplant recipients

Ali J. Olyaei, Angelo M. deMattos, William M. Bennett

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Fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events are the most important cause of graft loss in patients with a functioning graft following transplantation. The available data indicate that transplant patients have a high prevalence of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and new onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation. The aetiology and pathogenesis of post-transplant hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes are multifactorial. In addition, disease of the native kidney and recurrence of renal disease can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in transplant recipients. Most transplant patients are at risk of clinically important drug-drug interactions involving immunosuppressive agents. Adverse reactions and drug-drug interactions should not be neglected when selecting an agent for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in transplant recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Safety
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Immunosuppressive
  • Renal transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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