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Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease
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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.PDF version of this presentation can be downloaded from here
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Wassertheil-Smoller S, Psaty B, Greenland P, Oberman A, Kotchen T, Mouton C, Black H, Aragaki A, Trevisan M. Association between cardiovascular outcomes and antihypertensive drug treatment in older women. JAMA. 2004 Dec 15, 292(23):2849-59.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, PhD
Professor and Division Head, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Principal Investigator, Women’s Health Initiative
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Belfer Building, Room 1312
Bronx, NY 10461
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