Combining RAAS and calcium channel blockade: ACCOMPLISH in perspective
Source: Blood Pressure, Volume 17, Numbers 5-6, 2008 , pp. 260-269(10)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:The Avoiding Cardiovascular events through COMbination therapy in Patients LIving with Systolic Hypertension (ACCOMPLISH) trial was the first trial to compare the cardiovascular outcomes of initial fixed-dose combination angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI)/calcium channel blocker (CCB) and ACEI/diuretic therapy in patients with hypertension and high risk of cardiovascular events. The initial combination therapy was effective in this population, with ACEI/CCB therapy providing the greatest benefit (reduction in risk of cardiovascular events). Whether or not the findings of ACCOMPLISH can be applied to other renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitor/CCB combinations, such as angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)/CCB combinations, has yet to be investigated. The present report reviews the results of ACCOMPLISH, data from trials comparing ARB and ACEI therapies, and findings from studies of ARB/CCB combination therapy that support the use and further study of combination therapy with RAAS inhibitors and CCBs.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Cardiology, University of Oslo, Ullevaal Hospital, Oslo, Norway,Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 2: SUNY Downstate Medical College, Brooklyn, NY, USA 3: University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, USA 4: Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Publication date: 2008