Cardiac and vascular protection: The potential of ONTARGET

Giuseppe Mancia

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Cardiovascular risk is determined by multiple risk factors. Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system is an important approach to the prevention of cardiovascular events. In the largest angiotensin receptor blocker cardiovascular outcome study to date, the ONgoing Telmisartan Alone and in combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET) program will compare the efficacy of therapy with telmisartan and ramipril, in reducing cardiovascular events in patients at high risk (history of coronary artery disease, stroke or transient ischemic atttack, peripheral artery disease, or diabetes with evidence of end-organ damage). Recruited patients (n = 31,546) will be followed up for a period of 6 years, and more than 150,000 patient-years of data will be recorded. The primary endpoint is a composite of cardiovascular death, stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and hospitalization for congestive heart failure; secondary endpoints focus on reductions in newly diagnosed heart failure, new-onset type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, atrial fibrillation, and nephropathy. In addition, an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring substudy will be conducted to assess the effect of treatment on endpoints after adjustment for 24-hour blood pressure values. Other substudies of the treatment effects on erectile dysfunction, blood markers, arterial stiffness, oral glucose tolerance, and the progression of target organ damage are also planned. The results of the ONTARGET program are due in 2008, and the findings are expected to have important clinical implications for the management of patients at high cardiovascular risk.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS7
JournalMedGenMed Medscape General Medicine
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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