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To the Editor: We take exception to Dr Moser's1 labeling of our study2
as widely disseminated misinformation. We showed that in patients who were
treated with calcium antagonists, the decrease in ventricular arrhythmias
paralleled a decrease in left ventricular (LV) mass. In contrast, patients
who were treated with a diuretic experienced no reduction of LV mass or associated
ventricular arrhythmias despite a similar decrease in arterial pressure. The
article was peer reviewed, revised, and published. Clearly, 10 years later,
a variety of potential criticisms could be raised, not the least of which
is that the study duration probably was too short. However, this does not
make the article "misinformation."
Messerli FH, Nunez BD, Nunez M, Garavaglia G, Schmieder RE, Ventura HO. Diuretics for Hypertension. JAMA. 1999;282(6):523–525. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.523
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