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2012-05-14 10:00:48

A new study has found that, contrary to current thinking, taking beta blockers that treat high blood pressure does not decrease a person's risk of developing colorectal cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed that even long-term use or subtypes of beta blockers showed no reduction of colorectal cancer risk. In recent years, researchers have thought that beta blockers, which are prescribed to many older adults...

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2011-01-25 10:34:56

In a review of earlier studies, researchers at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) found that the drug, a diuretic, or "water pill," called hydrochlorothiazide, lowered blood pressure by only about half as much as common alternatives such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors. This would make the world's most popular blood pressure medicine much less effective than comparable drugs and give patients a false sense of security, the researchers said Monday to Reuters Health. The...

2009-04-02 09:33:21

 A five-in-one pill that may cut a person's risk of cardiovascular disease by 50 to 60 percent was well-tolerated by participants in the first study to evaluate the pill in humans.Polycap, or the "polypill," is a combination of three blood pressure lowering drugs, a statin and aspirin.Researchers examined the impact of the polypill and eight other drug therapies on cardiovascular health measures like blood cholesterol and heart rate in 2,053 participants in India. Throughout the 12-week,...

2008-09-25 12:00:15

By JAN DE VRIES I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms include extreme tiredness, heavy aching muscles, flu-like symptoms with swollen glands, migraines, burning swollen joints and numbness in legs and arms. It is essential to build up a healthy immune system with rest, sleep and appropriate dietary management. In addition, herbal and vitamin supplements can help to support the body's nervous and digestive system, as well as boost the immune system. It is difficult...

2008-08-24 22:57:20

By Rupali Mukherjee NEW DELHI: If you are hypertensive and have been prescribed one of the widely used class of medicines called beta blockers-drugs like atenolol, inderal and metaprolol- you could be running an unacceptable risk of diabetes. Recent research in the UK indicates that these drugs could increase blood sugar in patients suffering from diabetes, and in some cases led to onset of the disease among patients of high blood pressure. The study, carried out at National Heart and...

2008-07-03 21:00:06

Women may respond less favorably than men to cardiovascular disease drug treatments -- losartan and atenolol -- for enlarged hearts, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center said women derive a lesser benefit than men from the two common high-blood pressure-lowering drugs for the reduction of left-ventricular hypertrophy. The condition is a thickening and enlargement of muscle of the left ventricle of the heart and a marker for...

2008-06-18 21:00:23

The hypertension medication olmesartan medoxomil helps reverse the narrowing of the arteries in patients with high blood pressure, U.S. researchers said. Lead investigator Dr. Carlos M. Ferrario of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said the study evaluated the effects of an angiotensin receptor blocker -- olmesartan medoxomil -- versus a beta-blocker -- atenolol -- on vascular function and structure in patients with stage 1 hypertension. The study,...

2008-06-16 09:00:09

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study published in the current Journal of the American Society of Hypertension demonstrates that the hypertension treatment olmesartan medoxomil was effective in reversing the narrowing of the arteries that occurs in patients with hypertension. The study, titled VIOS (Vascular Improvement with Olmesartan medoxomil Study) was a one-year, exploratory study that evaluated the effects of an angiotensin receptor blocker (olmesartan medoxomil) vs. a...

2006-10-22 03:00:10

By Holzgreve, Heinrich; Risler, Teut; Trenkwalder, Peter Key words: Combination drug therapy - Hypertension - Indapamide - Perindopril - Risk factors ABSTRACT Background: Tight blood pressure (BP) control is required to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the first line combination perindopril/indapamide in hypertension in daily practice. Design and methods: In this prospective, open-label, observational trial, 1892...

2005-11-13 12:01:55

By Bill Berkrot and Ransdell Pierson DALLAS (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc.'s Norvasc was more effective at reducing blood pressure near the heart than standard, older treatments known as beta blockers, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Heart Association scientific meeting. The results also indicate that blood pressure near the heart, or central aortic blood pressure, may be a better predictor of heart attack and stroke risk than a traditional blood pressure...


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