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The treatment of mild hypertension study. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of a nutritional-hygienic regimen along with various drug monotherapies. The Treatment of Mild Hypertension Research Group.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2064494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is no consensus for the optimal treatment program for individuals with mild hypertension, including whether treatment should emphasize life-style changes alone, such as weight loss, reduction of sodium and alcohol intake, and increased physical activity, or whether it should also include a pharmacologic component. The dilemma is accentuated by the availability of many drugs from different classes to lower blood pressure. To study the relative efficacy and safety of a combination of pharmacologic and nutritional-hygienic intervention compared with nutritional-hygienic intervention alone, a double-blind, controlled clinical trial was initiated. Nine hundred two men and women with mild hypertension (average blood pressure, 140/91 mm Hg) were randomized to receive nutritional-hygienic intervention plus one of six treatments: (1) placebo; (2) diuretic (chlorthalidone); (3) beta-blocker (acebutolol); (4) alpha 1-antagonist (doxazosin mesylate); (5) calcium antagonist (amlodipine maleate); or (6) angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (enalapril maleate). After 12 months, weight loss averaged 4.5 kg, urinary sodium excretion was reduced by 23%, and reported leisure-time physical activity was nearly doubled. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the group given nutritional-hygienic intervention alone (placebo) were reduced by 10.6 and 8.1 mm Hg, respectively. For participants in the five groups receiving antihypertensive medication in addition to nutritional-hygienic treatment, blood pressure reductions were significantly greater than those achieved with nutritional-hygienic treatment alone (range, 16 to 22 mm Hg for systolic and 12 to 14 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure). Although differences among treatment groups in certain dimensions of quality of life, self-reported side effects, plasma lipid levels, and biochemical measures were observed, no consistent pattern in the differences was noted. Nutritional-hygienic therapy is an effective first-step treatment for persons with mild hypertension, and significant additional blood pressure lowering with minimal short-term side effects can be achieved by adding one of five different classes of antihypertensive agents.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  151     ISSN:  0003-9926     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1991 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-08     Completed Date:  1991-08-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1413-23     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking
Antihypertensive Agents / adverse effects,  therapeutic use
Cholesterol, HDL / blood
Cholesterol, LDL / blood
Diet, Reducing
Double-Blind Method
Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
Follow-Up Studies
Hypertension / diet therapy*,  drug therapy*,  metabolism
Middle Aged
Patient Compliance
Potassium / blood
Quality of Life
Sodium / urine
Sodium, Dietary / administration & dosage
Triglycerides / blood
Uric Acid / blood
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents; 0/Cholesterol, HDL; 0/Cholesterol, LDL; 0/Sodium, Dietary; 0/Triglycerides; 69-93-2/Uric Acid; 7440-09-7/Potassium; 7440-23-5/Sodium

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