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Lowering of blood pressure and predictors of response in patients with left ventricular hypertrophy: the LIFE study. Losartan Intervention For Endpoint.
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PMID:  10950398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Losartan Intervention For Endpoint (LIFE) reduction in hypertension study is a double-blind, prospective, parallel-group study comparing the effects of losartan with those of atenolol on the reduction of cardiovascular complications in patients (n = 9,194) with essential hypertension and with electrocardiographically (ECG) documented left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Baseline blood pressure was 174.4/97.8 mm Hg (mean), age 66.9 years, body mass index 28.0 kg/m2; 54.1% were women and 12.5% had diabetes mellitus. This population will be treated until at least 1,040 have a primary endpoint. After five scheduled visits and 12 months of follow-up, blood pressure decreased by 23.9/12.8 mm Hg to 150.5/85.1 mm Hg (target < 140/90 mm Hg). The mandatory titration level of < or = 160/95 mm Hg was reached by 72.1% of the patients. At the 12-month visit, 22.7% of all patients were taking blinded study drug alone, 44.3% were taking blinded drug plus hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), and 17.7% were taking blinded drugs plus HCTZ and additional drugs. Controlling for all other variables, patients in the US received more medication and had 2.4 times the odds of achieving blood pressure control than patients in the rest of the study (P < .001). Previously untreated patients (n = 2,530) had a larger initial decrease in blood pressure compared with those previously treated. Diabetics (n = 1,148) needed more medication than nondiabetics to gain blood pressure control. Only 13.9% of the patients had discontinued blinded study drug and 1.4% missed the revisit at 12 months. These data demonstrate both the successful lowering of blood pressure during 12 months of follow-up in a large cohort of patients with hypertension and LVH on ECG, but also emphasize the need for two or more drugs to control high blood pressure in most of these patients. Being previously treated and having diabetes were associated with less blood pressure response, whereas living in the US indicated better blood pressure control. It has been possible to keep most of these patients with complicated hypertension taking blinded study drug for 12 months.
S E Kjeldsen; B Dahlöf; R B Devereux; S Julius; U de Faire; F Fyhrquist; H Ibsen; K Kristianson; O Lederballe-Pedersen; L H Lindholm; M S Nieminen; P Omvik; S Oparil; H Wedel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-02     Completed Date:  2001-02-02     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  899-906     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ullevaal University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Atenolol / therapeutic use*
Double-Blind Method
Hypertension / complications*,  drug therapy*
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / complications*
Losartan / therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents; 114798-26-4/Losartan; 29122-68-7/Atenolol

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