Candesartan, an angiotensin II type-1 receptor blocker, reduces cardiovascular events in patients on chronic haemodialysis--a randomized study

Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2006 Sep;21(9):2507-12. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfl293. Epub 2006 Jun 9.


Background: Cardiovascular events are the major determinants of the prognosis of patients on chronic haemodialysis. The present study was designed to investigate whether candesartan, an angiotensin II type-1 receptor blocker, reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events in these patients.

Methods: A total of 80 chronic haemodialysis patients (male/female, 47/33; mean age +/- SEM, 61 +/- 1 years) in stable condition and with no clinical evidence of cardiac disorders were enrolled. Patients were randomly assigned candesartan 4-8 mg/day (candesartan group; n = 43) or nothing (control group; n = 37), and followed for 19.4 +/- 1.2 months with as endpoint cardiovascular events such as fatal/nonfatal myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, severe arrhythmia and sudden death.

Results: Both groups exhibited similar clinical characteristics at baseline. During follow-up, cardiovascular events occurred in seven patients in the candesartan group and 17 in the control group. Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that cardiovascular events and mortality rates were significantly (P < 0.01) higher in the control group than in the candesartan group (45.9 vs 16.3% and 18.9 vs 0.0%, respectively).

Conclusions: Candesartan therapy significantly reduces cardiovascular events and mortality in patients on chronic maintenance haemodialysis and therefore improves the prognosis of these patients.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Blockers / therapeutic use*
  • Benzimidazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Biphenyl Compounds
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Prospective Studies
  • Renal Dialysis / adverse effects*
  • Survival Rate
  • Tetrazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Blockers
  • Benzimidazoles
  • Biphenyl Compounds
  • Tetrazoles
  • candesartan