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Comparaison de stratégies thérapeutiques dans la prise en charge de l'hypertension artérielle [Comparison of therapeutic strategies in the management of hypertension]
Current Medical Research and Opinion
Guidelines for the treatment of hypertension recommend reducing blood pressure to below 140/90 mmHg. However, there is little to guide the clinician on which pharmacological strategy to pursue: monotherapy with stepped-care, sequential monotherapy, or the initial use of combination therapy. The STRATHE study was designed to clarify this issue by comparing the three strategies. A low-dose combination of perindopril/indapamide was significantly superior to either stepped-care or sequential monotherapy in terms of reducing systolic blood pressure and in the percentage of patients achieving normalisation without adverse effects. Pulse pressure showed a trend to greater reductions with the low-dose combination. Although there must be caution about extrapolating these results to other combinations, which may not have the same pharmacological properties, the STRATHE study has shown that initiating antihypertensive therapy with a low-dose combination has advantages over the two other classical therapeutic strategies.
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Antihypertensive Agents, Diuretics, Drug Therapy, Combination, France, Humans, Hypertension, Indapamide, Perindopril
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