A newly developed calcium antagonist, nilvadipine, was administered to 7 hypertensive patients aged 75.6 y. Nilvadipine 4 mg b.d. decreased the average 24-h blood pressure significantly from 169/89 mm Hg to 152/81 mm Hg after 7 to 14 days without any change in the pulse rate. The circadian patterns of blood pressure and pulse rate were not affected by nilvadipine. Although the present study was a preliminary one done over a short period in a small number of patients, the results suggest that nilvadipine exerts an antihypertensive effect without altering the circadian pattern or the variability of blood pressure in elderly hypertensive patients.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (medical)