ORLANDO – The use of nebivolol as part of a multidrug regimen to treat hypertension was associated with a significantly lower cardiovascular event risk than was combination antihypertensive therapy featuring either metoprolol or atenolol in a large observational study, , reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
The primary outcome was hospitalization for acute MI, stroke, heart failure, or angina during a mean 600 days of follow-up. In a Cox proportional hazards regression analysis, the risk of the composite outcome was 1.33-fold greater with atenolol and 1.91-fold greater with metoprolol than in the group on nebivolol for their hypertension.
The risk of hospitalization for MI was 1.47-fold greater in the atenolol group and 2.19-fold greater with metoprolol than in patients on nebivolol. Hospitalization for angina was 2.18 times more likely in the atenolol group and 3.39 times more likely in the metoprolol group than in patients on nebivolol. However, there was no between-group difference between the three beta-blockers in terms of stroke or heart failure rates, according to Dr. Egan of the University of South Carolina, Greenville.
He explained that the impetus for this study was that, even though beta-blockers are universally recognized as a cornerstone of secondary cardiovascular prevention, there are much fewer outcome data to support their use in primary prevention. Since nebivolol is a vasodilatory beta-blocker and atenolol and metoprolol are not, Dr. Egan and his coinvestigators hypothesized that this distinction could result in differences in cardiovascular event rates.
One audience member commented, “this study gives a nice hypothesis-generating rationale for doing a large randomized outcomes trial.” Dr. Egan concurred.
His study was supported by Allergan. He reported receiving research grants from Boehringer Ingelheim and serving as a consultant to Medtronic.
SOURCE: Egan BM et al. ACC 18, Abstract .