Polypill ‘could save thousands’ of lives

A “polypill” combining a statin with blood pressure drugs could prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes every year, according to researchers.

A UK study of 84 over-50s, published in the journal PLoS One, showed the pill could cut blood pressure and levels of “bad” cholesterol.

They called for the pill to be made available “as a matter of urgency”.

The British Heart Foundation called for more research and said pills were not a substitute for a living a healthy life.

This study at Queen Mary, University of London investigated a polypill containing a statin and three blood pressure drugs, all of which are already widely used.

Patients were given either a polypill or a dummy pill once a day for three months. Their treatments were then swapped so that over a six-month period they would have spent half the time taking the drug and half the time taking the sugar pill.

source :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18883163





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