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New drug combination reduces high blood pressure

Source: Journal Now
Study: Drugs mix helps hypertension

Our Summary

A controversial new study of 19,257 patients showed that a combination of new drugs are more efficient at decreasing high blood pressure and reducing the risk of stroke than standard treatments.

The study by Dr. Bjorn Dahlof of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteberg, Sweden according to Journal Nowwas stopped prematurely after five years because the differences between the two groups was so large that it would be unethical to continue.”

About half the patients received a more traditional drug combination:

The other half received newer medicines:

Those patients taking the newer drug combination had on average a blood pressure level of 2.7 points below those on the standard medicines. As reported in Journal Now, “Heart attacks, strokes and new diagnoses of diabetes were also less common among those taking the newer drugs than in the traditional group. Strokes were down 23 percent, heart-related deaths were 24 percent lower and new diagnoses of diabetes were 30 percent lower among the patients who got the newer drugs.

The findings presented The European Society of Cardiology Conference showed quite significant patient improvement was found with the newer drug combination.

A useful source of information listing various blood pressure medications by brand name and generic name can be found on the American Heart website.

ACE inhibitors/perindopril — The American Heart website does not mention perindopril, but does list the brand names of other ACE inhibitors (sych as: Lotensin, Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril, Prinivel, Zestril, Univasc, Accupril, Altace, Mavik). This press release says that Perindopril is marketed as Coversyl, Coverex, Acertil, Prestarium, Prexanil, Prexum, Coverene, Coversum, Procaptan, Aceon.

Calcium Blocker/amlodipine — The American Heart website lists the brand name of amlodipine as Norvasc. It lists other Calcium Blockers as Cardizem CD, Cardizem SR, Dilacor XR, Tiazac, Plendil, DynaCirc, DynaCirc CR, Cardene SR, Adalat CC, Procardia XL, Sular, Calan SR, Covera HS, Isoptin SR, Verelan.

Please note: These lists of medications are not exhaustive. Many drugs are marketed under different names in different countries. The bottom line is that it may be worth re-discussing the new drug options with your Doctor.

Steve’s note: My doctor has me on Coversyl and a beta blocker. 6 months ago I was also on Norvasc. I will be discussing this study with my doctor … it sounds like Coversyl+Norvasc might be a good thing!

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