β blockers and calcium antagonists equally effective for hypertension

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1305
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease had similar outcomes regardless of whether they took a β blocker or a calcium antagonist for primary control of their blood pressure.

    Dr Carl Pepine of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, and colleagues randomised 22 576 patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease 50 years and older to receive either sustained release verapamil or atenolol as first line treatment for their high blood pressure. The study enrolled patients from 862 sites in 14 countries …

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