Clinical Outcomes by Race and Ethnicity in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT): A Randomized Clinical Trial

Am J Hypertens. 2017 Dec 8;31(1):97-107. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpx138.


Background: The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) showed that targeting a systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≤ 120 mm Hg (intensive treatment) reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) events compared to SBP of ≤ 140 mm Hg (standard treatment); however, it is unclear if this effect is similar in all racial/ethnic groups.

Methods: We analyzed SPRINT data within non-Hispanic White (NHW), non-Hispanic Black (NHB), and Hispanic subgroups to address this question. High-risk nondiabetic hypertensive patients (N = 9,361; 30% NHB; 11% Hispanic) 50 years and older were randomly assigned to intensive or standard treatment. Primary outcome was a composite of the first occurrence of a myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, stroke, decompensated heart failure, or CVD death.

Results: Average postbaseline SBP was similar among NHW, NHB, and Hispanics in both treatment arms. Hazard ratios (HRs) (95% confidence interval) (intensive vs. standard treatment groups) for primary outcome were 0.70 (0.57-0.86), 0.71 (0.51-0.98), 0.62 (0.33-1.15) (interaction P value = 0.85) in NHW, NHB, and Hispanics. CVD mortality HRs were 0.49 (0.29-0.81), 0.77 (0.37-1.57), and 0.17 (0.01-1.08). All-cause mortality HRs were 0.61 (0.47-0.80), 0.92 (0.63-1.35), and 1.58 (0.73-3.62), respectively. A test for differences among racial/ethnic groups in the effect of treatment assignment on all-cause mortality was not significant (Hommel-adjusted P value = 0.062) after adjustment for multiple comparisons.

Conclusion: Targeting a SBP goal of ≤ 120 mm Hg compared to ≤ 140 mm Hg led to similar SBP control and was associated with similar benefits and risks among all racial ethnic groups, though NHBs required an average of ~0.3 more medications.

Clinical trials registration: Trial Number NCT01206062, Identifier at

Keywords: African Americans; Hispanics; blood pressure; clinical outcomes; clinical trials; hypertension; race and ethnicity.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome / etiology
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antihypertensive Agents / adverse effects
  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Black People
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects*
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure / etiology
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / drug therapy*
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology
  • Racial Groups
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Stroke / etiology
  • Systole
  • Treatment Outcome
  • White People


  • Antihypertensive Agents

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