Losartan vs. Atenolol in Marfan Syndrome - Losartan vs. Atenolol in Marfan Syndrome
The goal of the trial was to evaluate an angiotensin-receptor blocker compared with a beta-blocker among patients with Marfan syndrome.
Contribution to the Literature: This trial failed to demonstrate superiority of losartan at preventing progression of aortic root dilatation.
Patients with Marfan syndrome were randomized to losartan (n = 70) vs. atenolol (n = 70). Maximum dose was 100 mg/day.
- Total number of enrollees: 140
- Duration of follow-up: 3 years
- Mean patient age: 26 years
- Percentage female: 66%
- Patients with Marfan syndrome
- Ages 5-60 years
- Maximum aortic dilatation <45 mm
- History of aortic dissection
- History of cardiac/aortic surgery
- Grade III/IV aortic regurgitation
- History of angioedema or intolerance to angiotensin-receptor blockers or beta-blockers
- Asthma or respiratory failure
- Renal or neurological disease
The primary outcome, change in aortic root diameter at 36 months, as assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, was 1.1 mm in the losartan group vs. 1.4 mm in the atenolol group (p = 0.38).
- Change in aortic root diameter indexed by body surface area at 36 months: -0.9 mm/m2 in the losartan group vs. -0.4 mm/m2 in the atenolol group (p = 0.092)
- Change in ascending aorta diameter at 36 months: -0.1 mm in the losartan group vs. 0.0 mm in the atenolol group (p = 0.85)
- Change in ascending aorta diameter indexed by body surface area at 36 months: -1.1 mm/m2 in the losartan group vs. -0.8 mm/m2 in the atenolol group (p = 0.33)
- Aortic events: One patient in the losartan group vs. four patients in the atenolol group (p = 0.37)
Among individuals with Marfan syndrome, losartan failed to prevent aortic root or ascending aorta dilatation compared with atenolol. Aortic events were similar between the groups. Beta-blocker therapy remains the standard treatment to prevent aortic complications among Marfan patients.
Forteza A, Evangelista A, Sánchez V, et al. Efficacy of losartan vs. atenolol for the prevention of aortic dilation in Marfan syndrome: a randomized clinical trial. Eur Heart J 2015;Oct 29:[Epub ahead of print].
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