More Research Needed To Prove Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs Are Effective For Dialysis Patients, Says BHF

February 26, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

In response to a study published in the Lancet which showed that blood-pressure lowering drugs should be routinely considered for patients undergoing dialysis, Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said:

“Reducing high blood pressure in the general population reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Unlike people with healthy kidneys, dialysis patients have to cope with large shifts in the volume of their circulation that occur during dialysis. Because blood pressure lowering drugs can interfere with the body’s ability to react to such changes, doctors are cautious about using them in dialysis patients.

“On the basis of this study alone it is not possible to draw a definitive conclusion but it suggests that well conducted large, prospective clinical trials are now needed to provide a clear cut answer as to whether blood pressure lowering drugs are both safe and effective for dialysis patients. “


1) Statement issued in response to ‘Effect of lowering blood pressure on cardiovascular events and mortality in patients on dialysis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials’ published online February 26 2009 in the Lancet.

– The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.

British Heart Foundation



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