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Beyond ONTARGET: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition and angiotensin II receptor blockade in combination, a lesser evil in some?
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PMID:  20977578     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIM: Following the recent Ongoing Telmistartan Alone and in Combination With Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET) finding of adverse renal outcomes, dual renin-angiotensin blockade has fallen out of favour, despite antihypertensive and antiproteinuric efficacy. However, in high-risk severe hypertension, not studied in ONTARGET, whether combination treatment should be withheld or withdrawn is not clear. We examine the renal effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) monotherapy versus combination therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes and varying degrees of hypertension.
METHODS: Subjects attending a hospital diabetes centre were selected as case (combination therapy, n = 120) and control (monotherapy, n = 480). Subjects were matched for age, gender, ethnicity, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), blood pressure (BP) and study duration. Patients were stratified by BP, hypertension stage 1 (BP < 160/100, n = 506) and stage 2 (≥160/100, n = 94), and by treatment group. Data were analysed for the primary renal outcome of eGFR decline ≥20 ml/min, over a median of 3.7 years.
RESULTS: In keeping with the ONTARGET study, for stage 1 hypertension, combination treatment is significantly worse than monotherapy for the primary outcome of eGFR decline ≥20 ml/min (20 vs. 10.7%, p = 0.01). In contrast, for stage 2 hypertension, this endpoint was reached less often for combination versus monotherapy (12.0 vs. 23.2%, p = 0.2). Combination treatment was also not detrimental in patients with proteinuria or eGFR < 60 ml/min and was associated with fewer macrovascular events.
CONCLUSION: Given that hypertension control is paramount and in the spirit of primum non nocere, these data are reassuring should clinicians choose to use ACE-I and ARB combination therapy in the very hypertensive diabetic patient.
J Wong; L Molyneaux; M Constantino; S M Twigg; D K Yue
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diabetes, obesity & metabolism     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1463-1326     ISO Abbreviation:  Diabetes Obes Metab     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883645     Medline TA:  Diabetes Obes Metab     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1072-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Diabetes Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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