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  • Cozaar (losartan) reduces strokes by 40%, but does NOT reduce heart attacks


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    Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:39 pm Email this article
    The blood pressure medicine “... Cozaar [losartan]... [reduced strokes by 40%, but] did NOT reduce [heart attacks]....”


    Between Cozaar and the beta blocker atenolol, Cozaar, some might argue, is only the lesser of two evils.

    — Franz Messerli, MD, European Heart Journal, 2003.

    Cozaar [losartan] is an angiotensin II receptor blocker used for lowering blood pressure.

    Note: Increasing potassium intake by 500 mg per day – the amount found in one banana or 8 ounces of orange juice – has also been associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of stroke.

    In other words you can reduce your risk of stroke by 40% either by taking a blood pressure medicine every day for the rest of your life or by eating one banana per day or drinking one glass of orange juice per day.

    Which would you prefer?

    An editorial by some other authors that accompanied the LIFE study which compared Cozaar (losartan) with the beta blocker atenolol stated…

    ““Previous… studies… with diuretics or beta blockers or calcium channel [blockers] or [ACE] inhibitors have shown 36%, 42% and 38% reduction in stroke…”

    But this was not completely true.

    “None of these studies [referenced in another editorial] documented a stroke reduction with beta blockers (or ACE inhibitors),” noted Franz Messerli, MD (European Heart Journal, 2003).

    “Cozaar [losartan] [reduce the risk of stroke by 40% but] did NOT reduce [heart attacks],” he continued.

    ““Of the two treatment[s]... [losartan vs atenolol] Cozaar (losartan)]... is clearly the better one, [but as some might argue] since blood pressure was controlled only in 10% of patients [with either drug alone, Cozaar is really only] the lesser of two evils,” Messerli stated.


    Do not be fooled into thinking that just because a drug lowers blood pressure, or blood sugar or cholesterol that it must be good for you.

    The drug companies would like for you to believe this, but this is NOT necessarily so.

    The only thing that matter is how the drug affects your TOTAL RISK OF DEATH.

    I believe that potassium bicarbonate is vastly superior to beta blockers and the other blood pressure medicines for improving health.

    Ive been taking 1000 mg of potassium twice a day (2000 mg per day) in the form of potassium bicarbonate since 2000.

    My blood pressure dropped from roughly 140/80 mm Hg to 124/73 mm Hg.

    WARNING: Only take potassium under a doctors supervision. Too much potassium can kill you.

    Why not try potassium (bicarbonate) first?

    Daniel Amen, MD, a psychiatrist and author of A Magnificent Mind at Any Age, said on Public Television he uses natural treatments whenever possible.

    I use medication in my practice, but its NOT the first thing that I use.
    — Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist

    I always think about the least toxic, most effective treatment.
    — Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist

    And often, with [psyciatric conditions] [I treat them] with natural supplements [first].
    — Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist

    So in my mind, I think, why not at least try that first?
    — Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist

    I have to ask the same question about blood pressure.

    Why not try potassium (bicarbonate) first?

    REFERENCE

    Messerli F. The life study: The straw that should break the camel’s back. Eur Heart J. 2003 Mar, 24(6):487-89.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Franz H. Messerli, MD
    Ochsner Clinic,
    Section on Hypertension
    1514 Jefferson Hwy
    New Orleans, LA 70121
    (504) 842-4077 phone
    (504) 842-3144 phone
    (504) 842-4220 fax
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