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High Blood Pressure Medicines Show Promise for Treating Heart Disease

Two medications commonly used to treat high blood pressure appear to be effective in treating a common type of heart disease known as stable ischemic heart disease, according to a new AHRQ comparative effectiveness review.  A version of the analysis was posted in the October 20 online version of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Treatment featuring the two medications – inhibitors of angiotensin-converting enzyme, or ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs – can lead to a reduction in death, risk of heart attack, risk of stroke and fewer hospitalizations for heart failure for patients suffering from stable ischemic heart disease, researchers found.  However, the drugs have risks of their own.  Risks associated with ACE inhibitors include a persistent cough, sudden fainting, too much potassium in the blood, and dangerously low blood pressure.  Risks associated with ARBs include too much potassium in the blood and low blood pressure.  The AHRQ report found that patients with stable ischemic heart disease who take an ACE inhibitor in addition to standard treatment can reduce the likelihood of several negative outcomes, including death from heart attack or heart failure, non-fatal heart attacks, hospitalization for heart failure, and revascularization.  Patients who take an ARB in addition to standard medications can reduce their risk of death from a heart-related cause, heart attack or stroke.  Select to read our press release and select to access the report.

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October 23, 2009 - Posted by | drugs, healthcare, High Blood Pressure | , , , ,

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