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There are three classes of blood pressure drugs: ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and beta blockers. These drugs are frequently used in combination with a diuretic to control high blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the rate of fatal heart attacks was doubled in women who used calcium channel blockers and diuretics compared to those on other therapies. The risk of cardiovascular death was 85% greater in women taking the calcium channel blocker and diuretic combination compared to those taking a beta blocker and diuretic. Nevertheless, the total risk of cardiovascular death from use of the combination therapy is actually quite small. The study involved 30,000 post menopausal women with high blood pressure but no heart disease.
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About: Different hypertension drug therapy combinations pose different level of risk
Date: 15 December 2004
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