Family Physician, 1989;1:19-22.


This study was carried out on 30 patients to: i) determine the efficacy of low dose captopril as monotherapy (with or without a diuretic) in the treatment of various grades of hypertension. ii) assess the quality of life of these patients 12 weeks after commencement of therapy. Our results showed that there was a sustained and significant fall in both mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure from 171.9 ± 24 to 150.5 ± 25 mm Hg and 109.0 ± 14 to 93.6 ± 15mmHg respectively (p<0.001). Improvement in quality of life was however not statistically significant (p<0.05). We concluded that low dose captopril used alone or in combination with a diuretic can be considered for the initial therapy of mild to moderate hypertension. The optimal dosage and the longterm benefits on quality of life need further evaluation in a larger series.