Keywords: elderly, hypertension, HYVET, older adults, treatment In the pilot study, subjects aged over 80 years, with a sustained blood. Kardiol Pol. Jul;66(7); discussion [HYVET study – treatment for hypertension]. [Article in Polish]. Zalewska J(1). Author information. “In the main HYVET study, we aimed to resolve persistent areas of clinical uncertainty about the relative benefits and risks of antihypertensive.

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Early trials in the field of hypertension focused on adults in their fifties and sixties. However, with the passage of time, a progressive effort has been made to expand the evidence base for treatment htvet older adults.

The Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial – latest data

More recently, additional data from this cohort has been published suggesting that appropriate anti-hypertensive therapy may lead to a sttudy in incident cognitive impairment and fractures, whilst a 1 year open label extension of the main study confirmed many of the original hyver findings.

This review provides an overview of hyvt Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial whilst also studdy evaluating the latest data. The s saw publication of landmark data demonstrating the benefits of anti-hypertensive therapy [ 1 — 3 ]. Despite this, a trend analysis from the EWPHE trial suggested that the treatment of hypertension might be less effective or even harmful to the very old aged over 80 years [ 10 ].

Yet the authors of the meta-analysis noted that a single, randomized controlled trial demonstrating no benefit from anti-hypertensive therapy, in hyveet cohort, would negate the apparent benefits seen across their meta-analysis [ 11 ]. Given this uncertainty, the Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial HYVET was commissioned with an open label pilot undertaken to determine trial feasibility [ 1112 ].

Active treatment was associated with a reduction in all fatal and non-fatal cerebrovascular events with a relative hazard rate RHR of 0. However there was a non-significant rise in all cause mortality RHR 1. A double-blind placebo-controlled trial with recruitment centres in 13 countries, HYVET prospectively analyzed data from older adults.

The initial inclusion criteria demanded both systolic and diastolic hypertension SDH mean systolic BP — mmHg; mean diastolic BP 90— mmHgoff treatment, during a 2 month run in period.

This enhanced recruitment rates and led to the inclusion of subjects with isolated systolic hypertension ISH. Subjects were then randomized to one of two treatment arms, the thiazide like diuretic, indapamide sustained release, 1. The investigators also observed a non-significant reduction in the primary outcome measure, stroke, unadjusted hazard ratio HR 0. Whilst a statistically significant reduction in congestive cardiac failure was also observed unadjusted HR 0.

Moreover, active treatment was well tolerated. At 2 years there were no significant changes in serum potassium, uric acid, glucose and creatinine between the trial arms [ 13 ]. In fact, serious adverse events SAEs were observed post-randomization in the placebo group. Furthermore, standing and seated BPs post-treatment were equivalent, suggesting that antihypertensive therapy was not associated with orthostatic hypotension [ 13 ].

Having recruited large numbers of patients from Eastern Europe and China, the authors were criticized for not appreciating the increased prevalence of cerebrovascular events in these populations, when compared with adults from Western Europe — a factor which may exaggerate the potential benefit arising from active therapy [ 14 ].

In addition, it was notable that four centres closed in the first year due to data quality issues [ 13 ]. Equally, at the time of the second interim analysis July the relative risk of all stroke fatal and non-fatal amongst those receiving active treatment was 0. However, at the time of the final intention-to-treat analysis in Octoberthis significant reduction in the primary outcome measure failed to show statistical significance — the reasons for which have never been elaborated.


HYVET also has a number of methodological issues, namely the protocol amendment which provided for the inclusion of subjects with ISH and the variable methods for measuring blood pressure. Initially blood pressures were recorded with either a mercury sphygmomanometer or a validated automated device, but at the end of the trial a validated automated device was used in the majority of centres [ 13 ].

Given the log linear relationship between systolic blood pressure and clinical outcomes, the mortality and morbidity benefits seen in the trial might be a feature of systolic BP control, particularly in ISH, as opposed to achieved systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In common with many other clinical trials in older people, the inclusion criteria also required that subjects be in relatively good physical and mental health individuals with dementia and those resident in nursing homes were excludedquestioning the applicability of the trial outcomes to the real life setting [ 1316 ].

The number of subjects who smoked cigarettes 2. Although waist circumference was not reported, hypertensive status was infrequently associated with other features of the metabolic syndrome in the trial population, aside from those subjects who had suffered a prior cardiovascular event [ 17 ]. More importantly, the early evidence of mortality benefit resulted in a relatively short duration of follow-up median 1. As a result, it remains unclear whether such benefits persist or diminish over a longer time course and although the inclusion criteria allowed for the enrolment of patients aged between 80 and years, most were 80 to 85 years old mean age; Thus, the benefit of treatment above 85—90 years of age remains uncertain [ 1819 ].

Earlier this year, results from a 1 year open label active treatment extension of HYVET were published. Trial participants receiving double-blind treatment at their final visit within the main study were deemed eligible for inclusion. However, those who had reached either primary or secondary end points during the main trial apart from myocardial infarction, heart failure and skeletal fracture were excluded.

Again, differences were seen for all-cause mortality 47 deaths; HR 0. Whilst these results strengthen the case for early benefit arising from anti-hypertensive therapy in octogenarians, the selective exclusion criteria are questionable. This hypothesis, that indapamide a thiazide-like diuretic reduces urinary calcium excretion and as a result may reduce fracture rates, was tested in a sub-study.

When analyzing the 90 incident, validated fractures 38 in the active group; 52 in the placebo group and adjusting for baseline risk factors, a HR of 0. Allowing for all fractures, regardless of whether they were incident, validated fractures or not, resulted in an adjusted HR of 0. Once again, the relative well being of the trial participants limits the potential applicability of these data to the general population.

Furthermore, a failure to routinely identify vertebral fractures and difficulties in data collection may be sources of error.

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The trial steering group also published an analysis evaluating the association of depression with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, all-cause mortality and incident dementia.


Whilst each additional GDS point at baseline also increased these risks, the study was not designed to evaluate this association. Thus, social and economic status were not adequately controlled for and reverse causality could not be excluded. Formal education was protective HR 0. This may reflect the relative physical well being of the hyvt population [ 24 ].

Thus, no significant difference was observed between the two trial arms HR 0. However using these data, a dynamic model of cognition that allowed all outcomes stufy worsening, stability, improvement or death to be categorized simultaneously was developed. This appeared to detect small differences between the two trial arms, in favour of treatment. Although the model requires further validation, it suggests that cognitive change in those aged over 80 years is small, depends on baseline cognitive function and the relative efficacy of anti-hypertensive treatment [ 25 ].

This treatment regimen was also found to be associated with a large and significant reduction in heart failure, whilst proving particularly efficacious in the management of isolated systolic hypertension. All authors have completed the Unified Competing Interest form at http: National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.

[HYVET study – treatment for hypertension].

Br J Clin Pharmacol. Published online Aug Author information Article notes Copyright and License hvyet Disclaimer. Received Apr 30; Accepted Aug This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Early trials in the field of hypertension focused on adults in their fifties and sixties.

Introduction The s saw publication of landmark data demonstrating the benefits of anti-hypertensive therapy [ 1 — 3 ]. Main study findings A double-blind placebo-controlled trial with recruitment centres in 13 countries, HYVET prospectively analyzed data from older adults. Conflict of interest statement All authors have completed the Jyvet Competing Interest form at http: Hypertension — treated and untreated.

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