Perindopril-Based Blood Pressure–Lowering Reduces Major Vascular Events in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Prior Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Background and Purpose— Patients with atrial fibrillation have a high risk of stroke and other vascular events even if anticoagulated. The primary objective here is to determine whether routine blood pressure–lowering provides additional protection for this high-risk patient group. Methods— This study was a subsidiary analysis of the Perindopril Protection Against Recurrent Stroke Study (PROGRESS)—a randomized, placebo-controlled trial that established the beneficial effects of blood pressure–lowering in a heterogeneous group of patients with cerebrovascular disease. A total of 6105 patients were randomly assigned to either active treatment (2 to 4 mg perindopril for all participants plus 2.0 to 2.5 mg indapamide for those without an indication for or a contraindication to a diuretic) or matching placebo(s). Outcomes are total major vascular events, cause-specific vascular outcomes, and death from any cause. Results— There were 476 patients with atrial fibrillation at baseline, of whom 51% were taking anticoagulants. In these patients, active treatment lowered mean blood pressure by 7.3/3.4 mm Hg and was associated with a 38% (95% confidence interval [CI], 6 to 59) reduction in major vascular events and 34% (95% CI, −13 to 61) reduction in stroke. The benefits of blood pressure–lowering in patients with atrial fibrillation were achieved irrespective of the use of anticoagulant therapy ( P homogeneity=0.8) or the presence of hypertension ( P homogeneity=0.4). Conclusions— For most patients with atrial fibrillation, routine blood pressure–lowering is likely to provide protection against major vascular events additional to that conferred by anticoagulation.


  • Arima, Hisatomi
  • Hart, Robert
  • Colman, Sam
  • Chalmers, John
  • Anderson, Craig
  • Rodgers, Anthony
  • Woodward, Mark
  • MacMahon, Stephen
  • Neal, Bruce

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  • October 2005

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