Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors v diuretics in older persons with hypertension at 5 years†

Rate per 1000 patient years
OutcomeACE inhibitorsDiureticsHazard ratio (95% CI)NNT (CI)‡
†Composite outcome = all cardiovascular events and all cause mortality. Abbreviations defined in glossary; NNT and CI provided by author.
‡Number needed to treat with an ACE inhibitor based regimen for 5 years to prevent 1 additional first cardiovascular event or death within the first 5 years after treatment began.
Composite outcome56.159.80.89 (0.79 to 1.00)32 (18 to 445)