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Black Education and Treatment of Hypertension (BEAT HTN)

Information source: Creighton University
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Condition(s) targeted: Hypertension

Intervention: Hydrochlorothiazide (Drug); Lisinopril (Drug); Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide (Drug); Nifedipine XL (Drug); Metoprolol tartrate (Drug); Atenolol (Drug); Valsartan (Drug); Doxazosin (Drug); Clonidine (Drug); Hydralazine (Drug); Metoprolol succinate (Drug); Amlodipine (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Creighton University

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Syed Mohiuddin, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Creighton University


Clinical trials have yet to test the adequacy of HTN control in African Americans (AA) when both control and intervention groups are given free antihypertensive medications and are involved in usual versus intensive intervention strategies. Because of this, it has not yet been determined whether the method of prescribing antihypertensive medications according to JNC 7 guidelines is more, less, or equally as effective as prescribing antihypertensive medications and providing intensive behavioral and clinical interventions. Knowledge in this area of HTN treatment should better able medical and health practitioners to help their AA subjects control HTN. The BEAT Hypertension Clinic will evaluate this method of HTN control by proposing a program that will evaluate the difference in HTN control among subjects receiving usual care and free medications and subjects also receiving free medications, but additionally being treated in a clinic that operates in a more intensive manner in relationship to patient behavior modification, patient-clinician interactions, and physical and social environments. At the conclusion of the study, the BEAT Hypertension Clinic investigators will report findings and help to answer the question of whether medication alone or medication combined with intensive behavioral and clinical treatment is more effective in HTN control in the AA population.

Clinical Details

Official title: Black Education and Treatment of Hypertension (BEAT HTN)

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Percentage of Subjects Achieving Blood Pressure Goals

Secondary outcome: New Onset Diabetes Mellitus


Minimum age: 25 Years. Maximum age: 80 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Demographics: men or women of self-declared African-American heritage between 25 and 80 years of age residing in the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area 2. History of documented uncontrolled (treated or untreated) hypertension (HTN) as defined by JNC 7 guidelines 3. Study eligibility will be based on the subject's current blood pressure control based on the average of two seated blood pressure measurements at two consecutive clinic visits at least one week apart 1. Untreated subjects with elevated blood pressure (> 140/90 mmHg or < 130/80 mmHg for diabetics) 2. Subjects treated with antihypertensive therapy whose blood pressure does not meet current JNC 7 guidelines (< 140/90 mmHg for non-diabetics and < 130/80 mmHg for diabetics) Exclusion Criteria: 1. Myocardial infarction or stroke in the previous 6 months 2. Symptomatic heart failure or a left ventricular ejection fraction < 35% 3. Angina pectoris in the prior six months 4. Coronary revascularization procedure in the prior 6 months 5. Renal insufficiency defined as a serum creatinine > 2 mg/dl 6. Illicit drug or alcohol abuse in the prior 6 months 7. Dementia or other organic brain disease 8. Serious systemic illness with a shortened life expectancy or other limitation that precludes participation in this trial 9. Secondary HTN 10. Concurrent participation in an investigational medication trial

Locations and Contacts

Creighton Community Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68104, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: August 2005
Last updated: November 6, 2012

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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