Irbesartan and Atenolol in Hypertensive Heart Disease

This study has been completed.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Swedish Heart Lung Foundation
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First received: October 17, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: October 2006
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The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system has been implicated in the control of structural changes of the heart and the vasculature, beyond the effects on blood pressure.

This projects examines the importance of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and the sympathetic nervous system in the control of cardiac and vascular structure and function in subjects with hypertension.Patients with hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy were randomized to an angiotensin receptor blocker or a beta adrenergic receptor blocker for 48 w. Repeat investigations of blood pressure, structure and function of the heart and the vascular tree, and neurohormones were performed. Two control groups, consisting of normotensive subjects and of hypertensive subjects with no cardiac hypertrophy were also examined for comparison.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Irbesartan vs atenolol
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Double-Blind Evaluation of the Effects of Irbesartan and Atenolol on Cardiovascular Structure and Function in Subjects With Hypertension and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety and tolerability of irbesartan compared to atenolol

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Compare changes in left ventricular mass
  • Evaluate changes in diastolic function
  • Compare changes in blood pressure
  • Examine the relationship between changes in left ventricular mass and sympathetic influence, and influence of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system
  • Compare the effects on carotid artery wall thickness

Estimated Enrollment: 115
Study Start Date: April 1995
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 1997
Detailed Description:

We included 115 patients with hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy, established by echocardiography. Extensive echocardiographic examinations, ultrasonography of the carotid arteries, 24h Holter registrations, 24h AMP monitoring, neurohormones and blood samples for inflammation and hemostasis markers and endothelial function were done at weeks 0, 12, 24, and 48. Matched control groups (1:3, i.e. 38 normotensive subjects and 38 hypertensive subjects with no signs of hypertensive heart disease were examined at one occasion. All patients obtained irbesartan or atenolol for 12 weeks; a diuretic and a calcium antagonist was added when needed thereafter in order to obtained a blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg. All analyses were performed central in a core laboratory.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 18 ys old
  • Male or female with no child bearing potential
  • Seated blood pressure diastolic 90-115 mm Hg
  • Left ventricular mass above 131 g/m2 for men, above 100 g/m2 for women
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Coronary artery disease, heart failure or other significant cardiac disorder
  • Cerebrovascular accident within the past 6 months
  • A seated systolic blood pressure above 200 mm Hg
  • Significant renal disease, collagen or vascular disease, or gastrointestinal condition
  • Significant allergy or intolerance to study drug
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00389168

Karolinska Institutet, Daprtment of Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital, Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
Stockholm, Sweden, SE-182 88
Sponsors and Collaborators
Karolinska Institutet
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Swedish Heart Lung Foundation
Study Chair: Thomas Kahan, MD, PhD Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital, SE-182 88 Stockholm, Sweden
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00389168     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CV131-052
Study First Received: October 17, 2006
Last Updated: October 17, 2006
Health Authority: Sweden: Regional Ethical Review Board

Keywords provided by Karolinska Institutet:
Cardiac hypertrophy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic beta-1 Receptor Antagonists
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Blockers
Angiotensin Receptor Antagonists
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Antihypertensive Agents
Autonomic Agents
Cardiovascular Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on April 16, 2015