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      Blood pressure-lowering effects of nifedipine/candesartan combinations in high-risk individuals: subgroup analysis of the DISTINCT randomised trial

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          The DISTINCT study (reDefining Intervention with Studies Testing Innovative Nifedipine GITS—Candesartan Therapy) investigated the efficacy and safety of nifedipine GITS/candesartan cilexetil combinations vs respective monotherapies and placebo in patients with hypertension. This descriptive sub-analysis examined blood pressure (BP)-lowering effects in high-risk participants, including those with renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate<90 ml min −1, n=422), type 2 diabetes mellitus ( n=202), hypercholesterolaemia ( n=206) and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors ( n=971), as well as the impact of gender, age and body mass index (BMI). Participants with grade I/II hypertension were randomised to treatment with nifedipine GITS (N) 20, 30, 60 mg and/or candesartan cilexetil (C) 4, 8, 16, 32 mg or placebo for 8 weeks. Mean systolic BP and diastolic BP reductions after treatment in high-risk participants were greater, overall, with N/C combinations vs respective monotherapies or placebo, with indicators of a dose–response effect. Highest rates of BP control (ESH/ESC 2013 guideline criteria) were also achieved with highest doses of N/C combinations in each high-risk subgroup. The benefits of combination therapy vs monotherapy were additionally observed in patient subgroups categorised by gender, age or BMI. All high-risk participants reported fewer vasodilatory adverse events in the pooled N/C combination therapy than the N monotherapy group. In conclusion, consistent with the DISTINCT main study outcomes, high-risk participants showed greater reductions in BP and higher control rates with N/C combinations compared with respective monotherapies and lesser vasodilatory side-effects compared with N monotherapy.

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                J Hum Hypertens
                J Hum Hypertens
                Journal of Human Hypertension
                Nature Publishing Group
                March 2017
                11 August 2016
                : 31
                : 3
                : 178-188
                [1 ]Unit and Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Milano-Bicocca, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano , Milan, Italy
                [2 ]KRK Medical Research Institute , Dallas, TX, USA
                [3 ]Hospital Universitario San Cecilio , Granada, Spain
                [4 ]Formerly in The Crouch Oak Family Practice , Addlestone, UK
                [5 ]National Research Institute , Los Angeles, CA, USA
                [6 ]Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri—IRCCS , Pavia, Italy
                [7 ]Oslo University Hospital Ullevaal, University of Oslo , Oslo, Norway
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