The search was performed in Medline. The search was repeated again in May 2009 with the addition of the search terms ‘statins’, ‘aspirin’ and ‘anti-platelet
therapy’. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Database of Systematic Reviews (via the Cochrane Library) were searched for trials and reviews not indexed in Medline. In addition, the reference lists of manuscripts retrieved by the above method were manually reviewed for additional studies. Date of searches: 28 August 2008, 2 April 2009, 11 May 2009. Franklin and Smith randomized 75 patients with documented renovascular hypertension to the ACE inhibitor enalapril plus the thiazide diuretic hydrochlorothiazide or triple therapy combination consisting of hydralazine, Ulixertinib mouse timolol and hydrochlorothiazide (Table 1).21,22 The latter combination was a commonly used regimen at that time for resistant hypertension. Renovascular hypertension was defined in this study by the simultaneous presence of a significant stenosis demonstrated
by arteriography and a positive functional test. The definition of what was regarded as a significant stenosis by arteriography Sirolimus mouse in the study was not stated. The study design consisted of a 15-day dose titration phase followed by a 6-week maintenance phase and the outcome was blood pressure control after the 6-week maintenance phase. There was a 12 mmHg greater decrease
in supine systolic blood pressure in the enalapril-treated group compared with the triple-drug therapy-treated group (P < 0.05). A significant increase in serum creatinine (>0.3 mg/dL) was observed in 20% of patients assigned to enalapril treatment but no cases of severe acute renal failure occurred. A smaller study of only 18 patients by Reams and Bauer also randomized patients PRKACG with renovascular disease to either enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide or triple-drug therapy consisting of hydrochlorothiazide, timolol and hydralazine.23 Effective control of blood pressure, defined as supine diastolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg, was achieved in all patients assigned enalapril in combination with hydrochlorothiazide and no adverse effects were observed. In contrast, 5/9 (56%) of patients on the triple-drug combination either had uncontrolled hypertension or developed significant side effects. Patients who were uncontrolled or intolerant of the triple-drug combination were well controlled by enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide. In summary, these two small trials suggest that an ACE inhibitor based-regimen appears to control blood pressure better in patients with renovascular hypertension than some other therapies.