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Effects of candesartan in acute stroke on vascular events during long-term follow-up: results from the Scandinavian Candesartan Acute Stroke Trial (SCAST)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiovascular epidemiology.
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Stroke, ISSN 1747-4930, E-ISSN 1747-4949, Vol. 10, no 6, 830-835 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BackgroundRandomized-controlled trials have shown no beneficial short-term effects of blood pressure lowering treatment in the acute phase of stroke. AimWe aimed to see whether blood pressure lowering treatment with candesartan in the acute phase can lead to benefits that become apparent over a longer period of follow-up. MethodsThe Scandinavian Candesartan Acute Stoke Trial was a randomized- and placebo-controlled trial of candesartan in 2,029 patients with acute stroke and systolic blood pressure140mmHg. Trial treatment was given for seven-days, and the primary follow-up period was six-months. We have used the national patient registries and the cause of death registries in the Scandinavian countries to collect data on vascular events and deaths up to three-years from randomization. The primary end-point was the composite of stroke, myocardial infarction, or vascular death, and we used Cox proportional hazards regression model for analysis. ResultsLong-term data were available for 1,256 of the 1,286 patients (98%) from Scandinavia. The risk of the primary composite end-point did not differ significantly between the groups (candesartan 178/632 events, placebo 203/624 events, hazard ratio=087, 95% confidence interval 071-107). There were also no statistically significant differences for the secondary end-points stroke and all-cause death, or in any of the pre-specified subgroups. ConclusionsTreatment with candesartan in the acute phase of stroke was not associated with clear long-term clinical benefits. This result supports the conclusion from trials with short-term follow-up, that blood pressure lowering treatment with candesartan should not be given routinely to patients with acute stroke and raised blood pressure.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 6, 830-835 p.
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acute stroke therapy, hypertension, blood pressure, candesartan, long-term results
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260818DOI: 10.1111/ijs.12477ISI: 000358451500019PubMedID: 25808741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260818DiVA: diva2:849254
Available from: 2015-08-27 Created: 2015-08-25 Last updated: 2015-08-27Bibliographically approved

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