The first presentation, titled BENICAR Efficacy in Systolic Hypertension Trial (BEST), demonstrated that a BENICAR based treatment algorithm significantly reduced mean systolic blood pressure in a stage 2 systolic hypertensive population. Results demonstrated that BENICAR HCT (BENICAR 40 mg/25mg HCTZ once daily) decreased the systolic blood pressure level by approximately 35 mm Hg on average, resulting in 70% of patients who had a mean baseline blood pressure of 171/95 mm Hg reaching the blood pressure goal of less than 140/90 mm Hg.
The second presentation, titled Treatment of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Hypertension Utilizing An Olmesartan Medoxomil-Based Treatment Algorithm was a secondary analysis of data based on an earlier study evaluating BENICAR. This analysis demonstrated that a BENICAR based treatment algorithm was effective in helping Stage 1 and Stage 2 patients reach their blood pressure goal. In Stage 1 patients, 89% of the eligible patient cohort taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT reached the more aggressive blood pressure goal of less than or equal to 130/85 mm Hg. Of the total Stage 1 patients, 56% reached goal on BENICAR monotherapy alone. Of the total Stage 2 patients, more than half (54%) reached goal on BENICAR or BENICAR HCT.
"I believe that blood pressure reduction to goal or better should be the primary health concern for all patients, and that we as physicians need to be aware of the importance of achieving these goals outlined in JNC 7***," said Joseph Izz
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