Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Hypertens. 2001 Jun;19(6):1167-76.

Regression of left ventricular hypertrophy in human hypertension with irbesartan.

Author information

  • 1Division of Internal Medicine, Karolinska Institutet Danderyd Hospital, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Swedish irbesartan left ventricular hypertrophy investigation versus atenolol (SILVHIA).

OBJECTIVE:

Angiotensin II induces myocardial hypertrophy. We hypothesized that blockade of angiotensin II subtype 1 (AT1) receptors by the AT1-receptor antagonist irbesartan would reduce left ventricular mass (as measured by echocardiography) more than conventional treatment with a beta blocker.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

This double-blind study randomized 115 hypertensive men and women with left ventricular hypertrophy to receive either irbesartan 150 mg q.d. or atenolol 50 mg q.d. for 48 weeks. If diastolic blood pressure remained above 90 mmHg, doses were doubled, and additional medications (hydrochlorothiazide and felodipine) were prescribed as needed. Echocardiography was performed at weeks 0, 12, 24 and 48.

RESULTS:

Baseline mean blood pressure was 162/ 104 mmHg, and mean left ventricular mass index was 157 g/m2 for men and 133 g/m2 for women. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure reductions were similar in both treatment groups. Both irbesartan (P < 0.001) and atenolol (P< 0.001) progressively reduced left ventricular mass index, e.g. by 26 and 14 g/m2 (16 and 9%), respectively, at week 48, with a greater reduction in the irbesartan group (P = 0.024). The proportion of patients who attained a normalized left ventricular mass (i.e. < or = 131 g/m2 for men and < or = 100 g/m2 for women) tended to be greater with irbesartan (47 versus 32%, P = 0.108).

CONCLUSIONS:

Left ventricular mass was reduced more in the irbesartan group than in the atenolol group. These results suggest that blocking the action of angiotensin II at AT1-receptors may be an important mechanism, beyond that of lowering blood pressure, in the regulation of left ventricular mass and geometry in patients with hypertension.

PMID:
11403367
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk