Intensive Systolic BP Control May Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes in High-Risk Patients Without CKD

Kidneys, blood pressure
Kidneys, blood pressure
Intensive systolic blood pressure targets have cardiovascular benefits but influence the likelihood of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) events in patients without baseline CKD.

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CHICAGO — For patients at high risk for cardiovascular events without baseline chronic kidney disease (CKD), a systolic blood pressure target of 120mmHg reduced negative cardiovascular outcomes but likely influenced the incidence of CKD. Results were presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, November 10-12, 2018. 

Researchers pooled data from the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial; identifier: NCT01206062) and ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes; identifier: NCT00000620) randomized controlled trials to evaluate the effect a systolic blood pressure target has on developing chronic kidney disease.

Patients with high cardiovascular risk but without chronic kidney disease were assigned to either an intensive systolic blood pressure target arm (120mmHg; n=5479), or to a standard systolic blood pressure target arm (140mmHg; n=5505). Incident CKD outcome was defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate of ≥30% to a level <60mL/min/1.73m2.

In patients without CKD, the incident CKD event rate was not found to be independent of treatment group stratification (13.9% and 7.0% in the intensive systolic blood pressure target arm and standard blood pressure target arm, respectively; chi-square, 137.42, P <.001).

However, the rates of stroke (hazard ratio [HR], 0.69; 95% CI, 0.51-0.95; =.02), heart failure (HR, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.57-0.99; P =.04), and SPRINT Primary Outcome (HR, 0.82; 95% CI, 0.72-0.93; P =.002) were significantly reduced in the intensive systolic blood pressure target arm.

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The researchers concluded that while systolic blood pressure target of 120 mmHg reduced rates of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality, it also influenced the likelihood of CKD.

They note that “clinicians should consider [cardiovascular] benefits of intensive targets along with potential renal effects in clinical decision making.”

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Chiu N, Steinkamp J, Mirzan H, Aggarwal R. Systolic blood pressure control improves cardiovascular outcomes and influences risk for renal events in patients without kidney disease. Presented at: 2018 AHA 2018; November 10-12, 2018; Chicago, Illinois. Abstract Sa4039/4039.