Table 2

Influence of immunosuppressive agents on cardiovascular disease risk factors, including rejection rate, blood pressure, lipids, and post-transplant diabetes. Nearly all immunosuppressive agents impact on risk factors, thus the use of combinations allows maximisation of immuno- suppressive effects while minimising side effects

Rejection High BP Lipids Diabetes mellitus
Steroid+++++++
Cyclosporin++++++++
Tacrolimus+++++++++
Rapamycin++++++
MMF+/++
Azathioprine+
  • BP, blood pressure; MMF, mycophenolate mofetil