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J Hypertens. 2007 Mar;25(3):699-705.

Perindopril-based blood pressure-lowering therapy reduces amino-terminal-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide in individuals with cerebrovascular disease.

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  • 1St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.



The plasma amino-terminal-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level predicted congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, and ischaemic stroke in participants of the Perindopril Protection Against Recurrent Stroke Study (PROGRESS), a placebo-controlled study of the effects of blood pressure lowering on cardiovascular events among individuals with cerebrovascular disease. Active treatment comprised a flexible regimen based on perindopril, with the addition of indapamide at the discretion of treating physicians. Active treatment reduced cardiovascular events, and we therefore investigated whether active treatment modified NT-proBNP and other cardiovascular risk factors.


We measured NT-proBNP and other cardiovascular risk factors at randomization and after 13 months of therapy in a subset of 357 PROGRESS participants.


Baseline systolic and pulse pressures were higher in individuals with elevated baseline NT-proBNP levels. In comparison with placebo, active treatment reduced the blood pressure and NT-proBNP levels, and increased renin levels. Reduction of NT-proBNP levels by active treatment was most evident in individuals with baseline NT-proBNP levels in the highest quarter (> 26 pmol/l), with a median reduction of 16 pmol/l (interquartile range 0-51 pmol/l, P = 0.004), corresponding to a median decrease of 39% (interquartile range 0-69%). Active treatment reduced blood pressure similarly for individuals in each of the four quarters of baseline NT-proBNP. Active therapy had no effect on plasma lipid, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, or soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 levels.


We conclude that plasma NT-proBNP level, in addition to predicting cardiovascular risk, may provide a measure of risk reduction by blood pressure-lowering therapy.

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