Cardiovascular outcomes with angiotensin II receptor blockers: clinical implications of recent trials
Magnus Baumhäkel, Michael Böhm
Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Saarland, Homburg Saar, Germany
Abstract: Activation of the renin-angiotensin system plays a major role in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recently, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have been the subject of a number of large clinical cardiovascular outcome trials, indicating beneficial effects of ARBs with more than 384,000 patient-years of data in different cardiovascular diseases along the cardiovascular continuum, from patients with risk factors, through high cardiovascular risk, to patients with heart failure. This article reviews the implications of these trials for the optimal management of cardiovascular risk.
Keywords: angiotensin receptor blockers, clinical trials, cardiovascular outcome
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