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Friday, August 14, 2009
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Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease
Women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker were 2.4 times MORE likely (136% more likely) to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (138 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.
To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 58% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker.Read the entire article | Email this article
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