The perindopril in elderly people with chronic heart failure (PEP-CHF) study. Eur Heart J

Department of Cardiology, University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, Kingston upon Hull HU16 5JQ, UK.
European Heart Journal (Impact Factor: 15.2). 11/2006; 27(19):2338-45. DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehl250
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Many patients who receive a diagnosis of heart failure have neither a low left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction nor valve disease. Few substantial randomized controlled trials have been conducted in this population, none has focussed on patients with evidence of diastolic dysfunction and none has shown clear benefit on symptoms, morbidity, or mortality.
This was a randomized double-blind trial, comparing placebo with perindopril, 4 mg/day in patients aged > or =70 years with a diagnosis of heart failure, treated with diuretics and an echocardiogram suggesting diastolic dysfunction and excluding substantial LV systolic dysfunction or valve disease. The primary endpoint was a composite of all-cause mortality and unplanned heart failure related hospitalization with a minimum follow-up of 1 year. A total of 850 patients were randomized. Their mean age was 76 (SD 5) years and 55% were women. Median follow-up was 2.1 (IQR 1.5-2.8) years. Enrollment and event rates were lower than anticipated, reducing the power of the study to show a difference in the primary endpoint to 35%. Many patients withdrew from perindopril (28%) and placebo (26%) after 1 year and started taking open-label ACE-inhibitors. Overall, 107 patients assigned to placebo and 100 assigned to perindopril reached the primary endpoint (HR 0.919: 95% CI 0.700-1.208; P = 0.545). By 1 year, reductions in the primary outcome (HR 0.692: 95% CI 0.474-1.010; P = 0.055) and hospitalization for heart failure (HR 0.628: 95% CI 0.408-0.966; P = 0.033) were observed and functional class (P < 0.030) and 6-min corridor walk distance (P = 0.011) had improved in those assigned to perindopril.
Uncertainty remains about the effects of perindopril on long-term morbidity and mortality in this clinical setting since this study had insufficient power for its primary endpoint. However, improved symptoms and exercise capacity and fewer hospitalizations for heart failure in the first year were observed on perindopril, during which most patients were on assigned therapy, suggesting that it may be of benefit in this patient population.

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    • "This provides a possible link between RAS activation and DD [7]. Nevertheless, recent clinical trials have failed to show a benefit of RAS blockade in the treatment of DD [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Animal models have suggested a role of renin-Angiotensin system (RAS) activation and subsequent cardiac oxidation in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Nevertheless, RAS blockade has failed to show efficacy in treatment of HFpEF. We evaluated the role of RAS activation and subsequent systemic oxidation in HFpEF. Oxidative stress markers were compared in 50 subjects with and without early HFpEF. Derivatives of reactive oxidative metabolites (DROMs), F2-isoprostanes (IsoPs), and ratios of oxidized to reduced glutathione (E h GSH) and cysteine (E h CyS) were measured. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) levels and activity were measured. On univariate analysis, HFpEF was associated with male sex (p = 0.04), higher body mass index (BMI) (p = 0.003), less oxidized E h CyS (p = 0.001), lower DROMs (p = 0.02), and lower IsoP (p = 0.03). Higher BMI (OR: 1.3; 95% CI: 1.1-1.6) and less oxidized E h CyS (OR: 1.2; 95% CI: 1.1-1.4) maintained associations with HFpEF on multivariate analysis. Though ACE levels were higher in early HFpEF (OR: 1.09; 95% CI: 1.01-1.05), ACE activity was similar to that in controls. HFpEF is not associated with significant systemic RAS activation or oxidative stress. This may explain the failure of RAS inhibitors to alter outcomes in HFpEF.
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    • "when compared with the placebo group. However, it should be noted that, during the one and only study that evaluated an ACE inhibitor in this patient population (i.e. the PEP-CHF [Perindopril in Elderly People with Chronic Heart Failure] trial), only the rate of hospitalization for worsening heart failure showed a substantial decrease compared with placebo [23, 24]. Seven published clinical studies performed with patients with left ventricular dysfunction reported data on total mortality. "
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    ABSTRACT: The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system plays a major role in the pathophysiology of hypertension and closely related cardio- and cerebrovascular events. Although both angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor antagonists (angiotensin receptor blockers; ARBs) are equally important in the treatment of hypertension, according to the results of recent years, there might be substantial differences in their cardiovascular protective effects, and these differences might be explained by our increasing knowledge of their non-overlapping mechanisms of action. The number of studies investigating how ACE inhibitors and ARB agents differ will certainly be increasing in the future. ACE inhibitors are the safe therapeutic opportunity for hypertensive patients at high risk, with a cardiological comorbidity.
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    • "Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) has been shown to promote myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction [3]. However, recent clinical trials of the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs) have not shown a benefit in HFPEF patients [4]–[6]. One of the potential reasons for the lack of efficacy of ACEI and ARB in clinical trials is that the anti-fibrotic effects of these agents alone or in combination require supra-therapeutic dose ranges [7]. "
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