Effect of ramipril on walking times and quality of life among patients with peripheral artery disease and intermittent claudication: a randomized controlled trial

Anna Agnes Ahimastos, Philip J Walker, Chris Askew, Anthony Leicht, Elise Pappas, Peter Blombery, Christopher Michael Reid, Jonathan Golledge, Bronwyn A Kingwell

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Importance Approximately one-third of patients with peripheral artery disease experience intermittent claudication, with consequent loss of quality of life. Objective To determine the efficacy of ramipril for improving walking ability, patientperceived walking performance, and quality of life in patients with claudication. Design, Setting, and Patients Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted among 212 patients with peripheral artery disease (mean age, 65.5 [SD, 6.2] years), initiated in May 2008 and completed in August 2011 and conducted at 3 hospitals in Australia. Intervention Patients were randomized to receive 10 mg/d of ramipril (n=106) or matching placebo (n=106) for 24 weeks. Main OutcomeMeasures Maximum and pain-free walking times were recorded during a standard treadmill test. The Walking Impairment Questionnaire (WIQ) and Short-Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) were used to assess walking ability and quality of life, respectively. Results At 6 months, relative to placebo, ramipril was associated with a 75-second (95 CI, 60-89 seconds) increase in mean pain-free walking time (P .001) and a 255-second (95 CI, 215-295 seconds) increase in maximum walking time (P .001). Relative to placebo, ramipril improved the WIQ median distance score by 13.8 (Hodges-Lehmann 95 CI, 12.2-15.5), speed score by 13.3 (95 CI, 11.9-15.2), and stair climbing score by 25.2 (95 CI, 25.1-29.4) (P .001 for all). The overall SF-36 median Physical Component Summary score improved by 8.2 (Hodges-Lehmann 95 CI, 3.6-11.4; P=.02) in the ramipril group relative to placebo. Ramipril did not affect the overall SF-36 median Mental Component Summary score. Conclusions and Relevance Among patients with intermittent claudication, 24- week treatment with ramipril resulted in significant increases in pain-free and maximum treadmill walking times compared with placebo. This was associated with a significant increase in the physical functioning component of the SF-36 score.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453 - 460
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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