Strict blood pressure control is pivotal in the management of patients with aortic dissection (AD), but is frequently difficult to achieve. We determined antihypertensive medical therapy and levels of blood pressure (BP) control in 40 patients with chronic AD. Patient charts were reviewed for clinical variables, serial BP measurements, and antihypertensive drug therapy. Patients were divided into two groups: patients in group 1 had effective BP control (< 135/80 mmHg), patients in group 2 had resistant hypertension (BP≥135/80 mmHg despite prescription of at least three antihypertensive drugs). Overall, systolic BP (SBP) was 130±20 mmHg, and diastolic BP (DBP) was 72±13 mmHg. Patients received a median of 4 (1-6) antihypertensive drugs. β-blockers were used in 38/40 (95%) patients. Effective BP control was achieved in 24/40 (60%) patients (group 1), while 16/40 (40%) patients had resistant hypertension (group 2) despite receiving significantly more antihypertensive drugs (5 [4-6] vs 4 [1-5], P=0.001). Mean SBP was 116±9 (101-132) mmHg in group 1 and 151±13 (137-181) mmHg in group 2 (P<0.001); there was no difference in DBP. Group 2 patients had a significantly higher body mass index and were younger than patients in group 1. In conclusion, in the majority of patients with chronic AD, effective BP control can be achieved, but usually requires the combination of multiple antihypertensive drugs. However, in a significant proportion of patients (40%), who appear to be younger and more obese, medical therapy fails to achieve effective BP control despite use of a multiple drug regimen.
- Aortic dissection
- Blood pressure