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Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and/or Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers Added to Standard Medical Therapy for Treating Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease and Preserved Left Ventricular Systolic Function

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This slide set is based on a comparative effectiveness review (CER) titled, Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs) or Angiotensin II-Receptor Blockers (ARBs) Added to Standard Medical Therapy for Treating Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), that was developed by the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-based Practice Center for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is available online at (Contract No. 290-2007-10067-I). CERs represent comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature usually comparing two or more types of treatment, such as different drugs, for the same disease. Primary clinical trials were identified from searches of MEDLINE (1966 to February 2009), Embase (1974 to February 2009), and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (1966 to February 2009). The methods used to develop this CER followed version 1.0 of the Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews published by AHRQ (draft available at:

The talk will cover the current evidence on the burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. followed by the available statistics and characteristics of the target population, patients with stable ischemic heart disease (IHD) and preserved left ventricular systolic function (LVSF). We will briefly discuss the comparative effectiveness review process, including the specific questions addressed in this CER and the results from this research. Finally, the benefits and harms of each treatment modality are presented in such a way as to promote doctor-patient communication in order to facilitate an informed decisionmaking process.