Objectives: To study the effect of diuretics and diuretics discontinuation on the quality of life (QOL) of hypertensive patients. Methods: 149 beta blocker treated mild to moderate hypertensive patients were included in the study. Seventy-three were treated by beta blockers (BB's) only and 60 by BB's and diuretics, for 40 patients diuretics was discontinued. Physical symptoms and QOL were assessed before and 9-15 months after the change in treatment. Results: At baseline, subjects on diuretics experienced more gastrointestinal symptoms, weakness, and sex related problems; and their QOL was poorer. At the end of the follow-up, patients on diuretics scored poorest on physical strength items and on health perceptions; those who were never treated by diuretics scored best; and those who stopped were in between. Conclusions: Diuretics treatment adversely affect patients' QOL. Cessation of diuretics treatment for at least 9 months improved some aspects of patients' QOL, though those who never received diuretics were better off than others.
|Journal||Journal of Human Hypertension|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 3|
|State||Published - 30 Sep 1996|
- Beta blockers
- Quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine