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Diagnostic Properties of Aldosterone-Renin Ratio in Primary Aldosteronism Among Hypertensives.

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2007 by Erasmus Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Dutch Kidney Foundation
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Erasmus Medical Center Identifier:
First received: December 4, 2006
Last updated: March 6, 2007
Last verified: March 2007
This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic value of the Aldosterone-Renin Ratio (ARR)as a screening test for primary aldosteronism among hypertensives. The test characteristics will be studied. Furthermore, the effect of eplerenone, a selective aldosterone-receptor antagonist will be studied.

Condition Intervention
Hyperaldosteronism Hypertension Drug: eplerenone

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Defined Population
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Aldosterone-Renin Ratio to Diagnose Primary Aldosteronism in a Population of Patients With Therapy-Resistant Hypertension: Test Characteristics, Diagnostic Value and Predictive Value for Antihypertensive Treatment. The Dutch ARRAT Study.

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Further study details as provided by Erasmus Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: January 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2009
Detailed Description:

Although primary aldosteronism (PA) was formerly seen as a rare cause of hypertension, this condition is now thought to be the commonest cause of secondary hypertension, with the prevalence ranging up to 10-15 % of all hypertensives. Identification of patients with PA allows for specific treatment, for instance unilateral adrenalectomy in case of an aldosterone-producing adenoma or the administration of an aldosterone-receptor antagonist in case of bilateral adrenal hyperplasia.

Since the introduction of the aldosterone-renin ratio (ARR) as a screening tool for PA in 1981, there has been considerable debate about the diagnostic value. The values for aldosterone and renin are highly dependent on many factors, including posture, time of day and medication. Also, the cut-off values for the identification of PA remain controversial.

This study aims to evaluate the test characteristics of the ARR in a population of patients with therapy-resistant hypertension, the dependence of the ARR on medication type and the predictive value on the response on eplerenone, a selective aldosterone-receptor antagonist.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-65 years
  • blood pressure above 140 mmHg systolic and above 90 mmHg diastolic
  • use of at least 2 antihypertensive drugs

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known cause of hypertension, including white-coat hypertension
  • severe renal failure (kreat > 200 umol/l)
  • BMI above 32 kg/m2
  • poorly regulated diabetes mellitus (HbA1C > 8.0 %)
  • heart failure
  • stroke or myocardial infarction within 6 months before inclusion
  • angina pectoris
  • pregnancy
  • neoplastic disease, within 5 years before inclusion
  • alcohol abuse
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00407784

Contact: Pieter Jansen, MD +31(0)-4632196
Contact: A.H. van den Meiracker, MD, PhD +31(0)-4634220

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Twee Steden Ziekenhuis Not yet recruiting
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Sponsors and Collaborators
Erasmus Medical Center
Dutch Kidney Foundation
Principal Investigator: A.H. van den Meiracker, MD, PhD Erasmus Medical Center
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00407784     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MEC-2006-103
EudraCT nr: 2006-006618-13
Study First Received: December 4, 2006
Last Updated: March 6, 2007

Keywords provided by Erasmus Medical Center:
primary aldosteronism
aldosteron-renin ratio
aldosteron-receptor antagonist

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Adrenocortical Hyperfunction
Adrenal Gland Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Diuretics, Potassium Sparing
Natriuretic Agents processed this record on September 21, 2017