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BACKGROUND: The appropriate target for systolic blood pressure to reduce cardiovascular risk in older patients with hypertension remains unclear.
METHODS: In this multicenter, randomized, controlled trial, we assigned Chinese patients 60 to 80 years of age with hypertension to a systolic blood-pressure target of 110 to less than 130 mm Hg (intensive treatment) or a target of 130 to less than 150 mm Hg (standard treatment). The primary outcome was a composite of stroke, acute coronary syndrome (acute myocardial infarction and hospitalization for unstable angina), acute decompensated heart failure, coronary revascularization, atrial fibrillation, or death from cardiovascular causes.
RESULTS: Of the 9624 patients screened for eligibility, 8511 were enrolled in the trial; 4243 were randomly assigned to the intensive-treatment group and 4268 to the standard-treatment group. At 1 year of follow-up, the mean systolic blood pressure was 127.5 mm Hg in the intensive-treatment group and 135.3 mm Hg in the standard-treatment group. During a median follow-up period of 3.34 years, primary-outcome events occurred in 147 patients (3.5%) in the intensive-treatment group, as compared with 196 patients (4.6%) in the standard-treatment group (hazard ratio, 0.74; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.60 to 0.92; P=0.007). The results for most of the individual components of the primary outcome also favored intensive treatment: the hazard ratio for stroke was 0.67 (95% CI, 0.47 to 0.97), acute coronary syndrome 0.67 (95% CI, 0.47 to 0.94), acute decompensated heart failure 0.27 (95% CI, 0.08 to 0.98), coronary revascularization 0.69 (95% CI, 0.40 to 1.18), atrial fibrillation 0.96 (95% CI, 0.55 to 1.68), and death from cardiovascular causes 0.72 (95% CI, 0.39 to 1.32). The results for safety and renal outcomes did not differ significantly between the two groups, except for the incidence of hypotension, which was higher in the intensive-treatment group.
CONCLUSIONS: In older patients with hypertension, intensive treatment with a systolic blood-pressure target of 110 to less than 130 mm Hg resulted in a lower incidence of cardiovascular events than standard treatment with a target of 130 to less than 150 mm Hg.
Weili Zhang,Jun Cai
Weili Zhang,Shuyuan Zhang,Yue Deng,Shouling Wu,Jie Ren,Gang Sun,Jinfeng Yang,Yinong Jiang,Xinjuan Xu,Tzung-Dau Wang,Youren Chen,Yufeng Li,Lianchen Yao,Dianfang Li,Lixin Wang,Xiaomei Shen,Xinhua Yin,Wei Liu,Xiaoyang Zhou,Bingpo Zhu,Zihong Guo,Hualing Liu,Xiaoping Chen,Yingqing Feng,Gang Tian,Xiuyin Gao,Kazuomi Kario,Jun Cai,the STEP Study Group