Diuretic Versus α-Blocker as First-Step Antihypertensive Therapy
Final Results From the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT)
This article requires a subscription to view the full text. If you have a subscription you may use the login form below to view the article. Access to this article can also be purchased.
The Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) was a randomized, double-blind, active, controlled clinical trial conducted to determine whether newer antihypertensive agents, including doxazosin, an α-blocker, differ from chlorthalidone, a diuretic, with respect to coronary heart disease (CHD) and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in hypertensive patients at high risk of CHD. In February 2000, the doxazosin treatment arm was discontinued, and findings through December 1999 were reported. This report includes an additional 9232 participant-years and 939 CVD events. At 623 clinical centers, patients (aged ≥55 years) with hypertension and at least 1 other CHD risk factor were randomly assigned to either chlorthalidone or doxazosin. The primary outcome measure was the combined occurrence of fatal CHD or nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), analyzed by intent to treat; prespecified secondary outcome measures included all-cause mortality, stroke, combined CHD (fatal CHD, nonfatal MI, hospitalized angina, and coronary revascularization), and combined CVD (combined CHD, stroke, angina treated outside the hospital, heart failure, and peripheral arterial disease). Mean follow-up was 3.2 years. There was no difference in primary outcome between the arms (relative risk [RR], 1.02; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.92 to 1.15). All-cause mortality also did not differ (RR, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.94 to 1.13). However, the doxazosin arm compared with the chlorthalidone arm had a higher risk of stroke (RR, 1.26; 95% CI, 1.10 to 1.46) and combined CVD (RR 1.20; 95% CI, 1.13 to 1.27). These findings confirm the superiority of diuretic-based over α-blocker–based antihypertensive treatment for the prevention of CVD.
- hypertension, detection and control
- antihypertensive therapy
- clinical trials
- adrenergic receptor blockers
- Received December 3, 2002.
- Revision received December 20, 2002.
- Accepted July 3, 2003.