Rationale and design of the Newer Versus Older Antihypertensive Agents in African Hypertensive Patients (NOAAH) trial

Augustine N. Odili, Tom Richart, Lutgarde Thijs, Samuel Kingue, Hilaire J. Boombhi, Daniel Lemogoum, Joseph Kaptue, Marius K. Kamdem, Jean-Bruno Mipinda, Babatunde A. Omotoso, Philip M. Kolo, Ademola Aderibigbe, Ifeoma I. Ulasi, Benedict C. Anisiuba, Chinwuba K. Ijoma, Serigne A. Ba, Mouhamadou B. Ndiaye, Jan A. Staessen*, Jean-Rene M'buyamba-Kabangu

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Background. Sub-Saharan Africa experiences an epidemic surge in hypertension. Studies in African Americans led to the recommendation to initiate antihypertensive treatment in Blacks with a diuretic or a low-dose fixed combination including a diuretic. We mounted the Newer versus Older Antihypertensive Agents in African Hypertensive Patients (NOAAH) trial to compare in native African patients a fixed combination of newer drugs, not involving a diuretic, with a combination of older drugs including a diuretic. Methods. Patients aged 30-69 years with uncomplicated hypertension (140-179/90-109 mmHg) and two or fewer associated risk factors are eligible. After a 4-week run-in period off treatment, 180 patients will be randomized to once daily bisoprolol/hydrochlorothiazide 5/6.25 mg or amlodipine/valsartan 5/160 mg. To attain and maintain blood pressure below 140/90 mmHg during 6 months of follow-up, the doses of bisoprolol and amlodipine in the combination tablets will be increased to 10 mg/day with the possible addition of alpha-methyldopa or hydralazine. NOAAH is powered to demonstrate a 5-mmHg between-group difference in sitting systolic pressure with a two-sided p-value of 0.01 and 90% power. NOAAH is investigator-led and complies with the Helsinki declaration. Results. Six centers in four sub-Saharan countries started patient recruitment on September 1, 2010. On December 1, 195 patients were screened, 171 were enrolled, and 51 were randomized and followed up. The trial will be completed in the third quarter of 2011. Conclusions. NOAAH (NCT01030458) is the first randomized multicenter trial of antihypertensive medications in hypertensive patients born and living in sub-Saharan Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-266
JournalBlood Pressure
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


  • Antihypertensive therapy
  • health policy and outcome research
  • randomized clinical trial
  • special populations

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